I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: KitchenAid makes the most functional, versatile, and extensible stand mixers that money can buy. And one of the many perks of owning a KitchenAid stand mixer is the choice of attachments that you get.
Attachments help your household stand mixer do more, so that you can delegate more and more of your everyday cooking tasks to it. Nowhere is that more true than in pasta making. With the right attachments, you can turn your KitchenAid stand mixer into a pasta roller, cutter, extruder, and even a grain mill.
I made a list of the best stand mixer attachments for making pasta. Whether you like to make fresh pasta at home and want to know how your KitchenAid stand mixer can help you or are looking for the perfect gift for someone you love, you’re in the right place.
KitchenAid Pasta Sheet Roller Attachment
To roll out fresh pasta dough by hand, all you need is a rolling pin, a pastry board, and some elbow grease. Simply dust your working surface with a handful of flour, cut the dough ball into 4 pieces, and start rolling it out one piece at a time.
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The pasta sheet roller attachment is the perfect gift for KitchenAid stand mixer owners for whom rolling out pasta dough is more of a burden than it is a pleasure. Making fresh pasta sheets at home will no longer feel like a messy choir that takes a day’s worth of work.
Consider buying this attachment if you have a hand-crank pasta machine, but you find it difficult to use and prefer your stand mixer to do it for you. This will free both of your hands, allowing you to focus on rolling out pasta sheets of the perfect shape and the desired thickness.
This attachment is made of durable stainless steel, weighs 2.4 pounds, and has dimensions of 9.7 x 3.8 x 2.2 inches (length x width x height). It fits all household KitchenAid stand mixers and rolls out 6-inch pasta sheets in 8 thickness settings.
Here’s what each setting is best for:
|1 and 2||Kneading and thinning fresh pasta dough|
|4 and 5||Lasagna, fettuccine, spaghetti, and ravioli|
|6 and 7||Tortellini, thin fettuccine, and thin linguini|
|7 and 8||Angel hair pasta (capellini)|
With the KitchenAid pasta roller attachment, you can roll out pasta dough in four easy steps:
- Prepare your pasta dough as you’d normally do and cut it into pieces that fit the pasta roller, flattening each piece by hand.
- Set your stand mixer’s speed setting to 2 and gently feed the dough between the two rollers.
- Fold the freshly-rolled dough in half and roll it through the attachment again.
- Repeat, increasing the thickness setting on the roller as you go, till the pasta sheets come out as thick or thin as you want them.
This attachment comes with a neat cleaning brush for your convenience. To clean it, let it rest for 1-2 hours after use, allowing the dough to air dry, then clean the dried dough off using the brush. Use your nails or a toothpick to remove stubborn bits and pieces of dough from the roller.
KitchenAid Pasta Cutter Two-Piece Attachment Set
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This two-piece pasta cutter attachment set is ideal for KitchenAid owners who want to delegate pasta sheet cutting to their stand mixer.
The set consists of 1 capellini cutter for 1.5 mm angel hair noodles, 1 lasagnette cutter for 12 mm wide ribbon noodles, and a cleaning brush.
Both of the cutters are made of stainless steel and have no plastic parts, which makes them sturdy and durable. Each attachment weighs 2.5 pounds and fits on all household KitchenAid stand mixer models.
|Lasagnette cutter||12 mm||Thick pasta noodles|
|Capellini cutter||1.5 mm||Capellini (angel hair) pasta noodles|
To clean each of these two cutters, let them air dry for 1-2 hours after use and clean off any leftover pieces of pasta dough using the cleaning brush. To remove more stubborn bits and pieces of dried dough, use a toothpick.
KitchenAid Gourmet Pasta Press Attachment
Stop settling for store-bought fresh pasta noodles! This KitchenAid gourmet pasta press attachment will turn your home into an artisanal pasta shop.
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This KitchenAid set comes with 6 interchangeable pasta plates for making fresh spaghetti or bucatini noodles, as well as short pastas like rigatoni, fusilli, large macaroni or small macaroni. With it, making big batches of fresh pasta noodles will feel like a walk in the park.
It takes a little assembly to get started (check it out KitchenAid’s Quick Start Guide), which becomes enjoyable once you get used to it. There’s something satisfying about feeding fresh pasta dough into the attachment and watching it get extruded through the pasta plates.
This gourmet pasta press is so easy to use and the consistency of the noodles that come out of it is so good, that it will easily turn into one of your all-time favorite KitchenAid stand mixer attachments.
Here’s the speed on which you should use each of the pasta plates—and the approximate noodle length that KitchenAid recommend in their owner’s manual:
|Pasta Plate||Stand Mixer Speed||Noodle Length|
|Spaghetti plate||10th speed||Approx. 9 ½ inches|
|Bucatini plate||10th speed||Approx. 9 ½ inches|
|Rigatoni plate||6th speed||Approx. 1 ½ inches|
|Fusilli plate||3rd speed||Approx. 1 ½ inches|
|Large macaroni plate||6th speed||Approx. 2 inches|
|Small macaroni plate||6th speed||Approx. 1 ½ inches|
Pro tip: place a bowl or a baking mat directly under the pasta extruder to collect the freshly-made pasta noodles without making a mess on your counter.
The entire set consists of a pasta press, a dough pusher, 6 pasta discs, a stainless steel cleaning tool, and a case for organized storage and easy access. It weighs 2.7 pounds and comes in dimensions of 4.8 x 5.7 x 8.4 inches.
Just like the rest of the attachments on my list, this one goes into KitchenAid’s universal power hub, which means it fits all household KitchenAid stand mixers (tilt-head and bowl-lift).
KitchenAid Grain Mill Attachment
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to mill your own flour, there’s a high chance that this grain mill KitchenAid stand mixer attachment is the right one for you.
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There’s something about pasta, bread, and pizza made of freshly-milled flour that even the finest American or imported Italian flours won’t give you. The first time you bake something out of homemade flour, you’ll be blown away by the difference.
With this stainless steel grain mill, you can make up to 10 U.S. cups of flour from wheat, corn, oats, rice, buckwheat, barley, millet, and other low-moisture, low-oil grains at a time. It’s even used by some homebrewers for grinding malt.
The mill itself is heavy and sturdy, which is exactly what you’re looking for when grinding grains. It weighs 4.4 pounds and has dimensions of 8.14 x 4.38 x 8.18 inches. It works on all KitchenAid stand mixers with a universal power hub, bowl-lift and tilt-head.
The attachment consists of a mill body that guides the grains down the burr, a grind worm that drives the grinding action, a movable burr that grains whole grains into flour, and an adjustment knob that gives you control over the fineness of the flour from extra-fine to “cracked.”
The grain mill comes with a cleaning brush, which is the only tool you need to clean this attachment most of the time. Occasionally, you’ll need to clean the mill by hand with soapy water, letting it dry completely before the next use. Never put the mill in the dishwasher.
Do KitchenAid Attachments Work on All Models?
All KitchenAid stand mixers have a universal power hub. An attachment that’s designed to go into the universal power hub will fit any KitchenAid stand mixer, no matter its age.
If you buy a KitchenAid attachment today and decide to upgrade your KitchenAid stand mixer to a higher-end model tomorrow, the attachment will also be compatible with it.
Each attachment made by KitchenAid comes with what the kitchen appliance maker calls its “Attachment Fit Guarantee.” If your attachment doesn’t fit your stand mixer, KitchenAid will take the steps to fix it, regardless of how old your mixer or the attachment.
The signs that an attachment doesn’t fit your stand mixer well are spinning, wobbling, loosening, or falling out during use. When that happens, the problem can either be in the attachment itself or in the universal power hub (in which case all attachments won’t fit well).
Do KitchenAid Attachments Work on All Mixers?
KitchenAid attachments are designed to work only on KitchenAid stand mixers. They won’t work on stand mixers made by Cuisinart, Farberware, Kenwood, or any manufacturer other than KitchenAid.
Since no standards for attachment hubs exist between stand mixer manufacturers, the best that you can do as a consumer is to choose a brand that you like and trust—and stick to its products.
Gift any of these attachments to someone who has a KitchenAid stand mixer at home and loves to make fresh pasta, and they’ll remember it for the rest of their life. Or make yourself a present and buy one for your own use.
Here’s a recap of all my pasta-making attachment picks:
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Each is manufactured by KitchenAid, comes with the warranty and support that you can expect from the brand, and is fully compatible with all household KitchenAid stand mixers (tilt-head and bowl-lift).