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Kitchen Aid Grinder/Pasta Maker vs. Pasta Roller

Chris VR | Nov 28, 200711:18 AM     13

I'm looking at Amazon and I see two options for making pasta with the Kitchen Aid:

Pasta Roller, $137.80

http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KPRA...

"If you have a passion for perfectly prepared pasta, try making your own delectable lasagna noodles, fettuccine, or linguine fini with this pasta roller set that fits all KitchenAid stand mixers. The three attachments include a pasta roller, a fettuccine cutter, and a linguine fini cutter. Just prepare pasta dough and form it into small rectangles which are then fed into one of the attachments. Out come uniform lasagna noodles, fettuccine, linguine, or angel hair pasta."

vs.

Food Grinder, $44.67

http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-FGA-...

and the Grinder add-on, Pasta Maker Plates, $22.80

http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-SNPA...

"These sturdy plastic plates work in place of the metal cutters of your food grinder to produce thin and thick spaghetti noodles, thin flat noodles, wider lasagna noodles, and macaroni. Turn the mixer speed to 10, drop walnut-size pieces of dough into the food tray, and catch the noodles as they're extruded through the plates."

Now, I already have the Atlas Pasta Maker and enjoy it very much, but sometimes I just want it to be easy. And I understand I couldn't do ravioli with the Grinder/Pasta Maker but other than that, it sounds like a pretty sweet deal, both for price and ease of use. I don't have the grinder but I'm sure I can use one!

Is there a significant difference between the two when it comes to noodles? If the quality of the noodle is about the same, I know which one is going on my Christmas list!

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