Philips Pasta Maker 

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Not something to stick onto your table to roll out the pasta to very thin slices or ribbons but a tool that allows you to put the ingredients into and, out of the unit comes the pasta – and noodles – ready to be cooked and eaten.

Philips HR2332 Viva Collection Pasta and Noodle Maker
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If you make pasta you need space and time and also muscles and probably a machine that clips onto the side of a table to pass the dough through several times. Is it worth the time and effort?

However if there was a machine that you fed with the ingredients for making pasta and out the other end comes pasta ready to cook then I suspect the answer to my question might well be in the affirmative.

It is 35x13.5x29cm so not that large and the definitely do not need a huge table with flour on it, just a work surface space a little bigger than the dimensions given.

I can think of dozens of different types and shapes of pasta and this unit has attachments to make four of them. Spaghetti already fitted in the machine, Fettuccine, Penne and Lasagne/ Dumpling.

For most adding extra things to their Pasta like spinach or carrot juice during the making may mean the difference between fussy eaters eating those vegetables or not.

There is an A5 manual with the first twenty pages being illustrations and English. Apart from the machine and the extra Pasta shape makers in the box are a cleaning brush and cleaning tool as well as a flour measure and a water measure. There is also a 36 page full colour receipt book.

If you have made pasta by hand then you may find that your receipt needs tweaking to work in the machine as the machine probably works slightly differently to your method which requires feel and look to work out the exact amounts.

While we all of course always thoroughly read all instructions I would suggest you do read the receipt book as it shows what things should look like as well as having a range of receipts.

The measure provided has two sides of markings side ‘A’ for plain pasta and side ‘B’ for other types.

There are eight basic pasta/noodle mixes shown in the receipt book. Then another eight with colour illustrations these are variants with juices and herbs. Finally another ten which are actual receipts again with full colour illustrations beside.

While the machine is not that expensive and it certainly does not take up much work surface the process still is not instant – around twenty minutes once you have got the ingredients assembled - so those who want instant should probably buy either fresh pasta – not cheap – or dried pasta and probably a sauce bottle as well or the third choice, to eat pasta out and then it’s the chefs sweat that has gone into the preparation and not yours.

The Philips Pasta Maker is available from Amazon for £151.35 including free delivery.

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