It''s true that there aren''t any recipes that come with the machine, nor could I find any on the internet. That''s a big drawback. It needs to include better directions and pasta recipes specific to this machine. The booklet has some tips for the best results, but...
It''s true that there aren''t any recipes that come with the machine, nor could I find any on the internet.
That''s a big drawback. It needs to include better directions and pasta recipes specific to this machine.
The booklet has some tips for the best results, but the "sand-like" consistency they claim will work is just too dry.
I spent several hours, trying different things. When the dough was too wet, and clumped up, I put it in a blender to powder it before adding any water or more flower. After doing this about three times, and carefully adding a bit of water or flower and a little olive oil and re-kneading it in the machine. It finally started cranking out noodles.
The consistency is much different than the dough of handmade noodles. Those you roll out and cut: the dough is much wetter.
When the kneaded dough looks like course cornmeal and sticks together when pinched, that''s what you want.
I was looking forward to using this machine, and was disappointed with my first attempts. The dough that was too dry pushed out dry flour and then clogged up so the machine shut down. The dough that was too wet started to extrude noodles but only about a half inch emerged before the machine got clogged and the machine shut down.
I made a huge mess reworking the dough, but once I got it right, the results were great. Now that I know how the machine works and what to avoid, I love it. It does take considerable patience and practice to get started. I finally got mine to extrude after adding some olive oil and a couple more teaspoons of water. the dough has to be a specific consistency, and that isn''t easy to glean from the booklet.
BASIC PASTA recipe - Yield: 6 servings:
2 Cup Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Egg, well beaten.
2 Tablespoon Oil
4 Tablespoons Water
• Select and install the desired noodle template; it snaps in and out very stiffly - you must use some force – I was afraid it would break.
• Combine all the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
• Dump the mixture into the machine''s kneading chamber (the lid snaps off and on very tightly - with hands on both sides of the machine and using both thumbs under the lid latch, push the lock tab up with some force – again, I was afraid it would break).
• In a bowl or blender, beat the liquid ingredients together until well emulsified.
• VERY SLOWLY add the liquid and let the machine knead the mixture until the mixture looks like very course cornmeal. Restart the kneading operation as needed.
• If the dough is too dry, the machine will stop. Carefully add additional liquid in increments of 1 tablespoon during each kneading operation.
• If the dough is too wet, it will start sticking to the sides of the bin and the paddles and won''t extrude. Slowly add some more flour a tablespoon at a time during the kneading process.
• Let the machine knead the dough several times until you get the desired consistency.
• Note: Usethe ''Kneading'' function by itself, rather than the ''Quick Noodle, Knead, and Auto Extrude" routine because 4 minutes of kneading is not enough: the mixture must have the correct consistency.
• Cut the extruding noodles as they emerge. I use scissors.
• Dry the noodles on paper towels, a cookie sheet or a drying rack.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 176 Calories; Protein 6.4g; Carbohydrates 31.9g; Fat 2.1g; Cholesterol 62mg; Sodium 412mg.