Pasta: it's a favorite food ingredient all around the world! Although it's readily available in countless shapes, styles and colors at your local supermarket or specialty grocer, many people enjoy making their own noodles at home for their freshness and unique textural quality.
And while it's easy enough to make simple flat noodles by hand or with a basic pasta machine, it's impossible to create specialty shapes like fusilli, bucatini, or ziti unless you have a specialty extruder attachment for a food processor, or similar type of machine. However most professional chefs and those passionate for pasta will tell you that typical home-extruder machines are quite inferior than those of professional quality; the plastic extruder dies on home machines are not strong enough, and only work with a very soft dough that produces gummy, bland pasta.
But if you're truly passionate about making pasta at home and want to make all kinds of shaped, extruded noodles easily and efficiently, I have to absolutely recommend the Lillo Due by Bottene. This beautiful machine is a joy to use and is one I've been happy to have in my own kitchen for several months now. It's small enough to fit in almost any home kitchen but strong enough to even serve a small restaurant kitchen as well...or perhaps a home-based pasta business?
Let me introduce you to the Lillo Due, the basics of making extruded pasta, and show off some of the great pasta I've made at home myself.