Electric & Manual
The Roma Pasta Express has an electric power cutter for both spaghetti and fettuccini, and nine thickness settings. The roller is 5-3/4 inches wide and it comes with an adjustable wheel cutter, cleaning brush and a manual with starter recipes.
The manual Roma pasta machine with six thickness settings has an optional electric motor attachment, allowing you to streamline the rolling process. This unit includes cutting heads for 2 mm round spaghetti and 6.5 mm fettuccini, as well as recipes. Several more cutting attachments are available to make many shapes from ravioli to angel hair. The rollers on this unit are six inches wide.
Fresh from Scratch
To make basic fresh or dried pasta, the only necessary ingredients are flour, salt and your choice of eggs or water. Semolina is an excellent flour choice and you can make it yourself by coarsely grinding durum wheat and then sifting the durum flour apart from the semolina; semolina is the coarser part in what you’ll sift and it contains the wheat middlings (middlings consist of wheat bran, germ and endosperm). Durum wheat is the hardest of all wheat varieties, and due to its high protein content it’s very strong. Semolina flour makes better pasta than all-purpose flour, and the fresher the flour the more nutrients it will contain, so we encourage you to grind your own
Semolina creates a strong gluten structure in pasta which makes dough supple and easy to manage. Salt and eggs create depth of flavor, and the eggs (or water) bind the dough together. Olive oil is sometimes added for additional flavor.
After learning the process of making noodles and mastering a basic recipe, it’s time to let your creative juices flow and add your own twist on this traditional food. Fruit juices add sweetness, pureed vegetables may compliment the rest of your meal (as well as contribute vitamins) and spices and herbs contribute zest and a pleasant fragrance, so experiment and find what you like best! To make flavored pastas with moist or wet ingredients like tomato paste or spinach, you’ll need to add flour until the dough isn’t too sticky.
Once you mix and knead your dough, and after it rests, it’s ready to be fed into the electric Pasta Express or the manually powered Roma pasta machine to be rolled into sheets. Run the dough through the unit and incrementally decrease the thickness setting on each pass until your desired thickness is reached. Next, run your dough through the machine a final time on the cutter setting of your choice or cut noodles by hand before cooking them or hanging them to dry.
Tools & Resources
We offer pasta tools such as drying racks and the 176 page Pasta Machine Cookbook by Donna German to make the whole process more efficient and rewarding for you. Find over a hundred tasty recipes that range from the basics to more exotic variations, and learn how to use your new dough roller (whether it’s electric or manual) step by step. Recipes for many grain types are included, such as wheat, corn, , multigrain, , various beans, millet, , rice, teff, rice, oat/soy, and more.
Are you ready to make delectable homemade pasta? Click the links above to learn more, and give us a call if you have any questions about these machines and tools, we’re happy to help!