Homemade pasta is always worth the effort. You can make it entirely by hand with nothing but a rolling pin, or you can use a pasta machine and a few extra tools.
That's where this list comes in. If you want to get serious about homemade pasta, here are the specialty supplies we recommend starting with.
Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Maker
This pasta maker has it all. Made in Italy from chrome-plated steel, this hand-cranked pasta machine enables you to quickly and expertly roll out spaghetti, linguine, or lasagna noodles. You can also buy separate attachments for capellini and reginette, among others. It'll keep you prepped for pasta all through its 10-year warranty, and beyond!
Buy it: Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Maker, $79.95 from Crate & Barrel
KitchenAid Pasta Attachment Set
Have a KitchenAid stand mixer? You can make pasta!
If you don't want a separate pasta machine (or don't want to crank that pasta out by hand), just let your stand mixer do all the work for you. KitchenAid's stand mixer pasta attachments include a pasta roller, a spaghetti cutter, and a fettuccine cutter.
Buy it: KitchenAid Pasta Attachment Set, $159 from Amazon
Norpro Pastry & Ravioli Wheel
This two-sided wheel is one of our favorite handy tools. Use the flat wheel for straight cuts and the fluted side for more decorative cuts for things like pie crusts and (yes!) ravioli.
Buy it: Norpro Pastry & Ravioli Wheel, $9 from Amazon
Norpro Ravioli Maker
If you love homemade ravioli, it's worth getting a ravioli maker or tray so you can make 12 at a time. A ravioli tray creates evenly spaced dough depressions for you with classic crimped edges.
Buy it: Norpro Ravioli Maker and Tray, $17 from AmazonContinue to 5 of 8 below.
Ravioli Cutter Stamps
If a don't want to mess with a ravioli tray or find a place to store it, there's a smaller, simpler option: a ravioli stamp! I like this set because it gives you two ravioli shapes to choose from.
Summer says: "A pizza cutter makes quick work and rustic squares of ravioli. If you're in a hurry that's the way to go, but if you're looking for a more sophisticated take on these little pasta pockets, then finished edges created with a ravioli stamp gives it a professional touch."
Buy it: Fox Run Ravioli Cutter Stamps, set of two, $9 from Amazon
French Rolling Pin
We prefer French-style rolling pins over pins with handles because they give you greater leverage when rolling out pasta dough. Also, there's nowhere for flour to get stuck with this design.
Buy it: Fletcher's Mill French Rolling Pin, $28 from Amazon
It's so useful to have a bench scraper around when making homemade pasta. You can use it to cut and portion the pasta dough and keep your countertop clean.
Buy it: OXO Stainless Steel Bench Scraper, $11 from Amazon
Half Sheet Pans
A baking sheet is the perfect place to put your homemade pasta after it's shaped but before you're ready to cook it. Dust a parchment-lined baking sheet generously with semolina flour, then store small piles of pasta on the sheet pan for up to an hour before cooking.
Buy it: Nordicware Aluminum Commercial Half Sheet Pan, set of two, $20 from Amazon