Best pasta machine for teen enthusiast

My grandson wants a pasta machine for Christmas. What do you all recommend, along with any ingredients, recipes, cookbooks. And thank you!

  • Posted by: Louisa
  • December 4, 2018
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Smaug December 5, 2018
I've never seen the point of electric pasta machines- at any rate for a young enthusiast a manual machine will cause no difficulty- cranking the machine is not problem, and doing it by hand gives a better feel for the process. I've used several machines and not noticed a great deal of difference- currently using an Italian "Ampia" brand. One difference- some kinds have the cutters built into the machine, others will accommodate separately purchased cutters, allowing more flexibility.
 
Nancy December 5, 2018
Here are a few answers, and suggestions.
A manual pasta machine (does the job, moderate cost compared to electric ones or attachments to stand mixer). For example, Imperia or Marcato
Book? a manual from Cook's Illustrated.
https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-Pasta-Noodles/dp/060980930X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543992308&sr=1-1&keywords=cooks+illustrated+pasta+book
Or an Italian point of view
https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Pasta-Cookbook-Giuliano-Hazan/dp/1564582922/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543992432&sr=1-1&keywords=italian+cookbook+pasta
Ingredients?
Flour 00 (double zero)...ground very fine
Free range eggs
Italian Parmesan cheese
Extra virgin olive oil... maybe an estate oil or one with a specific olive (like wines)
San Marzano canned and/or good sun-dried tomatoes
Various garnishes or ingredients he likes...herbs, sausage, nuts, etc.
Beyond or aside from the pasta rolling machine & book...
If you have a cooking school or teacher near you, buy him a single class (a few hours or half a day) in how to make pasta. This is often eye-opening and a big help with technique.
A very fine (simple wood) rolling pin and large board to work on (instead of or in addition to the pasta cutting machine)
 
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