Pasta Perfect Directions

July 28, 2010 at 7:43 am | Posted in Food | 15 Comments

Pasta making sounds fun.  It is fun, but not at all worth the trouble.  Most people realize this after trying out their new pasta maker, and then they give the pasta maker away.  You don’t save any money by making your pasta at home, it takes hours to roll out the noodles, and you end up with an incredible mess.   But, people like me will still try it out, since it sounds fun (and there is a free pasta maker to play with.)

My sister received a pasta perfect machine, that supposedly takes out all the trouble of rolling the noodles.  After my last experience with a manual pasta maker it sounded like a good idea.  We pulled the machine out and found the instruction manual stuck together into one blob.  Apparently the lady who used it once spilled something on the book without realizing it, and it had effectively glued all of the pages together.   My Mom and I spent a good bit of time looking online for the directions without success.

Inspired by a mystery book I read in elementary school, in which the heroine steams open a sealed envelope, I decided to steam open the instruction manual.  You never know when random tidbits of information gathered from leisure reading might be useful in real life, lol.  After half an hour I managed to get two pages to partially open, which fortunately was enough to get the general idea of how the machine operates.  The page tore in the beginning of the directions, so a step or two may be missing. (I took a photo of the book if you would like to see.)

  • Choose the pasta die that you want to use.  Soak the die in hot water with a tablespoon of oil for two minutes.
  • Put the die onto the machine, and tighten the lock nut.  Add the flour into the machine and turn it on for 30 seconds.
  • Mix the wet ingredients together, and pour into the machine through the slots in the lid while the machine is running.  Let it mix for three minutes.
  • Examine the dough, and determine if additional liquid or flour is needed.  Apparently there is a photo on the back page – it is supposed to resemble course crumbs.  If anything else is needed, add it in and mix an additional three minutes.
  • Turn the extrusion knob on the front of the machine.  The machine will changes noises, and the dough should begin to extrude within one minute.
  • Slice the noodles into the desired length using the provided plastic knife.

That was the end of the directions.  They obviously were continued on the next page, but we couldn’t get them.  My Mom found a good recipe online, and we let the noodles dry on paper towels based on past pasta making experience.  The pasta machine popped open as it was mixing, so we had to strap it closed.  It took about an hour to make a single batch of egg noodles, which was equivalent to a 1 lb bag of purchased noodles.  The machine was difficult to clean.  The noodles took over an hour to dry.  All in all, not something that I would repeat, but fun for a one time activity.

Pasta Recipe:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

  • 1 lb homemade noodles
  • 3 carrot, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, diced (or 1 jar pearl onions)
  • 1 32 oz box chicken broth (or equivalent in chicken base or bullion)
  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • salt an pepper
  • water as needed

Dice the chicken breast and saute in a large pot.  Dice the carrots, celery, and onion while the breast is cooking.  Add the veggies to the pot, and cover with broth.  Boil for 30-40 minutes, until carrots are tender.  Add enough additional water that the noodles will be covered, and bring to a boil.  (Depending on the width of your pot, that will be 2-3″ above the veggies and chicken.)  Add the noodles, and boil for 10 minutes, or until the noodles are tender.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.



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  1. Thanks for sharing your story! Looks like you enjoyed testing it out the first time but I think you have encouraged me to continue buying my pasta already made 🙂

    • lol – I can’t imagine making it like that on any regular basis!

  2. I enjoyed reading your delightful rendition/interpretation of the mangled instruction manual 🙂 I picked this machine up for $5 new in its box MANY years ago, only to use it once and banish it to the basement with my other unwanted toys. I am looking forward to trying your recipe tonight, though, as there really is no substitute for homemade pasta with a wonderful red sauce. Thank you!

    • Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I have since made plain egg noodles with that recipe, rolling the dough out on my counter, and using a pizza cutter to cut them quickly. It was a lot easier than using the machine! Not something I’d do all the time, but a nice treat 🙂

  3. I have been trying to find the book also.. if anyone has one please post it!

    • Sorry, this was 7 years ago so I no longer have access to the machine or manual. The pictures I had uploaded of the manual Scribd deleted, and I don’t think I had it backed up.

      • ok.. thank you.

    • I have it, I could email it to you

      • that would be awesome!

  4. hi do you have the manual on the 600 machine? i got the machine but no instruction or recipes if you do are you willing to share?

    • Hi Katie – the only information I have is in the post above. This was 7 years ago, and after that single experience with the pasta maker my sister ‘gifted’ it to someone else. I have used the recipe in the post several times rolled out with a regular rolling pin and cut with a pizza cutter for homemade chicken noodles when the mood strikes and time permits. 🙂

  5. I need to find the manual for the pm600… I bought it used and no luck in finding one

  6. Ganhei a maquina ontem da minha sogra mas estava guarda a anos nunca foi usada.tem manual.

    Bing translation “I won the machine yesterday from my mother-in-law but it was stored for years it was never used.”

  7. I know this is an ancient blog post, but I have a copy of the manual for this thing. I can scan it and send it to you if you want? It sounds like your dough was too dry, which is why the machine was slow and it had difficulty running (you shouldn’t have to strap it closed).

    • Thank you! If you don’t mind, I could add the scanned pages to the post since people still send me messages asking for directions a few times a year. 😊

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