As we have been saying in some our reviews, making your own past is one of the most regarding dishes you can make at home. But we know that for some people this can be too much work. And for this reason, we decided to review the Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker.
With powerful and automatic mixing, kneading and extruding, the Philips Avance Pasta Maker allows you to make pasta in minutes! Add in fresh, nutritious ingredients like egg, spinach, and carrot juice to create healthy and worry-free homemade pasta and noodles for your family. There’s literally no end to different pasta shapes, colors, and flavors that you can make.
The Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker gives even beginners the ability to make delicious fresh pasta in 15 minutes or less. Using this equipment is very straight forward, simply add a few ingredients (flour, water and/or egg), press a few buttons, and you’ll have fresh pasta ready to go in minutes.
This machine comes with 4 disks that let you make spaghetti, fettuccine, penne or lasagna. But if this is not enough for you, you can buy additional pasta discs, such as thick Spaghetti, tagliatelle pasta, angel hair, or even pappardelle. Besides the 4 shaping disks, you will have a flat scraping/cleaning tool, flour cup, and water cup.
Using this machine is surprisingly easy. The control panel has 4 key buttons: the on/off power switch, a start/pause button, a servings selector and a program button. The display screen counts downtime as the pasta is being made and shows the serving size you’re making. All the buttons are clear and easy to read, and the program button lets you choose an automatic program or an extrusion-only program.
One of the good things in this pasta machine is that you can use any type of wheat flour or white bread flour. This is great because you can alter the taste and slightly alter the texture just by using different types of flours. You can also add eggs or other ingredients like spinach juice, tomato juice, squid ink or even herbs.
To get the best results, you need to know that precise measurements are key to this machine. Measure flour and liquid quantities carefully so as not to affect the recommended volume and ratio of solids to liquids. It’s worth noting the flour cup that’s included with the pasta maker is not a standard 8-ounce measuring cup; instead, it holds 250 grams (1-2/3 cups) of flour. If you’re not using the measuring cups provided, use a kitchen scale that measures in grams to weigh the ingredients
Another thing that you should know about this machine is that you cannot adjust the thickness of the pasta. So if you like your pasta on the very thin side or extra thick or you want the ability to control the thickness, you’re out of luck with this machine. And the lasagna attachment makes for some additional work in that you need to both cut the pasta and then flatten it. It comes out through a circular extrusion that leaves the edges slightly turned up.
Product dimensions: 11.8 x 8.5 x 13.5 inches / 30 x 21.6 x 34.3 cm
Item Weight: 16.5 pounds / 7.5 Kg
shipping weight: 19.6 pounds / 8.9 kg
Item model number: HR2357/05
Power: 200 watts
Main Body Material: Plastic
Number of shaping mouths: 4
Prefix programs: 2
Normally, one of the biggest complains about automatic pasta makers is they are hard to clean. But the Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker includes a number of specially designed cleaning devices, including two plastic pieces that match the shapes of the spaghetti and fettuccini discs, with small protruding pieces of plastic that push through the holes where the pasta extrude.
Another cleaning tool, which serves double duty as a dough blade, is made of hard plastic and looks like a small, spatula-like head with small pieces of metal on either end. One of the metal pieces is for poking through very small holes in the pasta discs, and the second is for slightly larger areas. They will help you dislodge any leftover dough bits.
Overall, cleaning this machine is pretty easy. The dough pulls off or crumbles into pieces you can wipe away with your hand, a towel or a cloth. Extracting dough from the shaping discs is a bit harder but not bad if you use the cleaning tools.
With the Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker, you don’t have to be a professional chef to taste delicious homemade pasta. It’s easy enough that children can get in on the action as well. And while cleanup does take a little handwork afterward, key parts can go into the dishwasher, and others pop right out of the machine for easy access and hand cleaning. So, if you are looking for a good automatic pasta machine, you should consider buying this model.
Pasta lovers, whether you’re a novice pasta maker or a pro, will enjoy quickly and easily churning out fresh pasta in fifteen minutes or less