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When you’re craving comfort food, a pasta dish offers so many tantalizing ways to get your fix. Layered in sauce, covered with cheese, or anointed simply with olive oil and garlic, homemade pasta delivers flavor and texture that you just can’t get from a box. A pasta maker quickly turns dough into consistently cut spaghetti, fettuccine, and more with the help of a hand-crank or an electric motor. Here are some excellent options.

Most affordable: Gourmex Stainless Steel Manual Pasta Maker Machine

Compact Storage

Crank it out by hand. Amazon

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There are two steps to making pasta with a manual machine: rolling out your pasta dough and cutting the dough into noodles. Clamp this stainless steel pasta machine to your table, turn the knob to choose from seven thickness settings that flatten and lengthen your dough, and then feed your dough to the other side of the machine to crank out spaghetti or fettuccine. This machine comes with a basic recipe and guide book to get you started, and is perfect for someone who wants to try their hand at fresh pasta for special occasions.

Best color options: Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine

Fine Craftsmanship

You can even purchase a motor to speed things up if you find yourself the go-to host for dinners with friends and family. Amazon

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You can cut lasagna, tagliatelle, and fettuccine with this hand-crank pasta maker right out of the box—but that’s just the beginning. If you think you’ll probably fall in love with the relaxing and tactile process of turning dough into delicious culinary creations, you can purchase a myriad of attachments to the Marcato 150 for ravioli, pappardelle, spaghetti, and more. This splendid machine features 10 different thickness settings and textured rollers designed to craft pasta that absorbs sauce.

Best add-on: ANTREE Pasta Maker Attachment 3 in 1 Set for KitchenAid Stand Mixers

Must-Have Upgrade

Skip hand-mixing and hand-cranking altogether and easily enjoy homemade goodness. Amazon

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Baking enthusiasts who have their eye on a fabled KitchenAid stand-mixer or already have one proudly displayed on their countertop may be surprised that it can also be used to make pasta. Combine water, flour, and egg right in your mixer’s work bowl, and then leverage the power of the KitchenAid motor with these stainless steel attachments to roll out your dough and cut spaghetti and fettuccine.

All-in-one: Philips Kitchen Appliances Pasta Maker Plus

Make Whatever You Want

When every night is spaghetti night. Amazon

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Invest in this comprehensive electric appliance if you want to quickly produce many varieties—and many servings—of fresh pasta with as little effort as possible. This machine mixes your ingredients, kneads your dough, and uses four different shaping discs to squeeze out about half a pound of pasta in less than fifteen minutes. Work with different flours—including gluten-free—and even vegetable juices for flavorful variations on pennes, lasagnes, ramen, or udon. You can make up to a pound of pasta at a time, and remove some of the machine’s parts for cleaning in your dishwasher.

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