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The Ronco Electric Pasta Maker is an electric pasta machine that mixes, kneads and shapes the dough for you. You can use it to make fettuccine, spaghetti, lasagna, linguine, rigatoni or Asian noodles fresh at home. This machine can help you limit the food additives and preservatives in your diet.
This noodle maker makes pasta in as little as five minutes. The machine mixes and kneads the dough in approximately three minutes, then pushes it out through a shaping die. It includes five pasta die that you can change to make your desired shapes. It produces thin or thick round noodles, thin or thick flat noodles, and tube-shaped noodles. It makes pasta that is a uniform shape and thickness. You just cut the noodles as they are pushed out of the die in order to make noodles as long or as short as you want. While the machine does most of the work, the controls require you to manually switch them from mixing to extruding, so you do get some control over the dough-making process.
This model has a heavy-duty plastic body, and the pasta shapers are made of metal. The maker is transparent so you can see when the pasta is finished kneading. It comes with a recipe book, a measuring cup, five pasta dies and an instruction manual. It plugs into any standard electrical outlet. If you are wary of a plastic pasta maker, you might want a hand-cranked model like the CucinaPro Imperia Pasta Machine.
You can disassemble the pasta machine for cleaning, and all of the parts and accessories are safe to put in the dishwasher. You can wipe down the rest of the machine with a damp cloth. Like other electronic appliances, it cannot be submerged in water. This device does come with a safety switch that only allows the mixer to turn on when the lid is properly locked in place.
You can use this pasta maker to make whole-wheat pasta or add vegetable juice instead of water for added nutrition. You can also substitute other flours and make gluten-free or Asian-style noodles. This machine also includes a sausage horn that you can use to feed ground sausage into casings.
The Ronco Electric Pasta Maker makes noodles quickly and will likely fit on your kitchen counter or in your kitchen cabinets. It does not make as many noodle varieties as other machines, but it can make the five most common pasta shapes.