Are you the sort who believes that ‘life is too short to stuff a mushroom’? If so, then this kitchen gadget may end up being forgotten at the back of a dusty cupboard before long. Making your own pasta isn’t for everyone, but there are plenty of people who would rather cut off a toe than part with their pasta machine. You’ll only know which camp you’re in when you give your new machine a whirl.
Making pasta isn’t as difficult as some people make out and there’s enormous scope for creativity. Once you’ve mastered the basic pasta doughs, you can flavour your pasta with an infinite variety of herbs, spices and flavourings. Try these:
Basic pasta dough
Fresh pasta dough by Nick Nairn
Pasta dough by Giorgio Locatelli
Smoked paprika pasta by Wendy Lewis from Masterchef