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#1 Thu 29 Jan 09 3:39am

Duo

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Penne, Rigatoni, Macaroni, Rotini, from scratch

Okay, so I recieved a pasta machine for Christmas, and while I absolutely love it, and have become fairly efficient at making lasagna, tagliatelle, and spaghetti noodles, I cannot for the life of me figure out (or find on the internet) how to make the more complex pasta noodles (penne, rigatoni, macaroni, rotini). There must be some easy way to do it, but I just don't know what it is.

Any help?

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#2 Thu 29 Jan 09 5:33am

chocolatl

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Re: Penne, Rigatoni, Macaroni, Rotini, from scratch

I think you have to have a particular attachment on your machine to make those noodles.

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#3 Thu 29 Jan 09 5:52am

SonomaEddie

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Re: Penne, Rigatoni, Macaroni, Rotini, from scratch

Is this an extruder ?  If so, the manufacturer may sell the attatchments.
Personally, I only use my roller-type machine for lasagne and cutting spaghetti or other straight shapes.  I did once own an extruder which came with various dies for penne rigatte and other such shapes.  I must say that I was only too happy to finally lose that machine as it did not make shapes any where near as well as the boxed semolina pasta.  Also, I think the extruder straight pasta--lasagne--is not up to par with the rolled kind.  But that's only my opinion.
Eddie

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#4 Thu 29 Jan 09 8:50am

john_lee

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Re: Penne, Rigatoni, Macaroni, Rotini, from scratch

In my opinion, you'd be better off using your pasta machine for sheets and ribbons, and buying a good quality dried pasta brand for your penne, farfalle, rigatoni, etc. In some cases, a dried, eggless pasta is more suitable than fresh pasta anyway, because it's robust and holds its shape. Have a look here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/get_cooking/c … sta.shtml. Hope this helps!

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#5 Fri 30 Jan 09 7:31am

Duo

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Re: Penne, Rigatoni, Macaroni, Rotini, from scratch

Unfortunately, that web link doesn't work outside of the UK.

But what you've said is help enough, so don't worry about it. Thanks John.

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#6 Sun 01 Feb 09 9:07pm

UrbanPossum

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Member since Sat 22 Dec 07

Re: Penne, Rigatoni, Macaroni, Rotini, from scratch

If memory serves me right, to do penne you need something thin to wrap a ribbon around -- like a thick chopstick or a clean pencil.

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#7 Tue 03 Feb 09 7:50am

runwestierun

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Re: Penne, Rigatoni, Macaroni, Rotini, from scratch

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#8 Tue 03 Feb 09 8:07am

CraigJ

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From Townsville, Australia
Member since Mon 29 Dec 08

Re: Penne, Rigatoni, Macaroni, Rotini, from scratch

We have the everyday type pasta machine and a auger type (same as the link above) that makes penne etc, however I've found that the penne is too thick.

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