5 thoughts on “Norpro Pasta Machine

  1. I received this pasta machine as a gift for Christmas. It came with no instructions/recipes/paperwork. It also may be missing a piece or two since I cannot figure out how I would mount it to a table with what is there. If anyone has information about this product, I’d love to hear it!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. I’ve found, as has another reviewer, that the handle tends to slip out during use. What is far worse, though, is that the rollers on mine aren’t parallel– so the dough bunches up on one side and gets pulled through diagonally, piling up on itself and making it impossible to make even sheets. I’ve given up and am getting a different machine– don’t waste your time and money.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. Had it out of the box and ready to use in minutes…to the reviewer who complained about instructions…seriously, there are 4 pieces total (a handle, a clamp, the main roller unit, and the cutting attachment). I had instructions but I didnt bother looking at them until after I was done.

    The handle comes off and on easily because you need to be able to swap it from the rollers to the cutters. It could snap in a little more securely (hence the 4-star review) but it wasn’t just falling off as others implied.

    Overall – I love this machine for making small batches of homemade pasta. Definately worth it.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. I just got my norpro pasta machine today and I love it! I haven’t used it for making pasta yet, but I used it today to make crispy whole wheat crackers. My only complaint is that the handle slips out while I’m rolling because there is no way to lock it in place (that I know of anyway). Other than that, it is well worth the money spent! Thanks Norpro!
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. Norpro Pasta Machine

    I’ve eaten homemade pasta before, and have attempted to make it in the past but did NOT know what I was doing, so it didn’t turn out that great. I am in culinary school and we made pasta the other day. I was very impressed with it! I went right out and bought one after class. This is the one I bought because it looked most like the one we used at school.

    You either need the recipe and/or instructions, or someone to tell you what to do. It should have come with a clamp. I’ll give you the basic method that I used.

    One cup of all purpose flour, in a pile on the counter (or put it on a cookie sheet if you want easier cleanup). Make a well in the center of the pile, and add a drizzle of olive oil and one egg. Start, with your fingers, by breaking up the egg and mixing it with the oil, then a little of the side flour, then a little more and a little more. The object at this point is to keep the egg/oil still contained in the center of your pile. Keep on mixing it up until you have a pretty good dough-y ball. You might not use all the flour.

    Fold the dough over toward you, then push it with the heel of your hand away from you. Repeat this 10-12 times until the dough starts to get firm. At this point, let it rest for about 5 minutes. Then make a rectangle with it, then fold both sides in (like a tri-fold wallet). Put the dough into the machine (not the cutting side, but the rolling side) and roll it through. It should be on setting “1″. When it comes out, fold it again, put it back through, etc. You will do this 5-6 times on setting “1″. Turn it to “2″ and repeat. Put it through each setting one time, all the way up to “8″ or “9″. I would use “8″ for fettucini and “9″ for the spaghetti, but that’s my personal preference.

    Did I mention that your pot of water should be boiling? Also, at about “7″ or “8″, you might have to cut the dough in half because it’s getting fairly long at this point. Cutting it made it easier to handle.

    Move the handle from the rolling section to either the fettucini or spaghetti section. Put the dough in the top, and roll it out. It’ll come out in strips. Keep these floured, not heavily but with just enough so they aren’t sticking together. You need to have enough water so that the strips aren’t crowded in the pot. Cook it for just about 3-4 minutes; it doesn’t take long for fresh pasta.

    Good luck! You can email me if you have any questions.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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