Here you will learn to assemble (and disassemble) the machine properly.
Place the base on a clean, dry surface near an electrical outlet, with
the logo facing you.
Slide the rotary housing all the way into the open side of the base,
ridged side down and rectangular opening facing up.
Insert the rotary screw, metal end first, all the way into the rotary
It will be necessary to rotate the screw for it to fit in completely.
The end of the screw should be flush with the end of the rotary housing.
Grasp the shutter slide, and firmly push it all the way into the slot
over the rotary housing. It will click in place.
· Make sure slide is
fully in place before adding any ingredients. Look down inside the
bowl to make sure the slide completely covers the opening in the bottom
of the bowl. The slide must remain closed securely in place during the
mixing cycle to avoid ingredients from entering the rotary housing
prematurely, clogging and possibly damaging it.
Insert the bowl onto the base, matching the notch on the top edge of the
bowl with the tab of the opening located towards the front of the base,
and pressing down firmly.
Fit the blade, kneading foot down, over the central metal shaft
extending up through the bowl.
Rotate it until it sits firmly down on the bottom.
Place the locking nut on top of the blade shaft and turn it clockwise
until it is firmly in place.
Your machine is now assembled and ready to work.
||To operate the Pastamatic:
· The bowl must be
firmly in place;
· The bowl cover lip
must be inserted in the slot in back;
· The latch must be
securely locked in the front.
1 lb bleached all purpose flour
4 eggs or water
How to Use the PastaMatic
These instructions will help you to make about 1½ Lb of pasta. You can
make about ¾ Lb of pasta by using half the ingredients and
measures on the cup provided.
Read through all the instructions before starting.
Extruder discs, liquid measuring cup and electric cord
are stored in the compartment located at the rear of the unit.
See above for more details on assembling the PastaMatic.
Check to be sure the main switch is turned "OFF." (When it sticks out,
it is "OFF;" when it is pushed in, it is "ON.")
Be sure the bowl is empty of all accessories.
Push the Shutter Slide all the way into the slot.
Put the bowl in place by inserting it into the main housing with the
Bowl's Locking Tab fitted to the Bowl Locking Notch, toward the front of
Put the cover in place by first fitting the Cover Lip into the Slot
toward the rear of the top. Push in the Cover Latch and press down to
lock the cover.
Plug the electric cord into a grounded 3-prong outlet and push the
ON/OFF switch to turn it ON.
If it does not turn on, remove and replace both the cover and the bowl,
making sure they are positioned correctly.
Now that you know the unit is working properly, unlatch the cover and
Make sure the slide is fully in place before adding any ingredients.
Check from above the bowl to make sure the space at the bottom is fully
covered by the closed Shutter Slide. If it is not fully closed, flour
and other ingredients can clog and permanently damage the PastaMatic.
Measure One Pound of flour, preferably using a scale for greater
accuracy and more consistent results. (1 Lb of flour is approximately
3.25 cups dry measure, and 3.75 cups when sifted; humidity and grade of
flour can affect this measure. Do yourself a favor and buy a scale.)
Place the flour into the mixing bowl.
Put the cover in place and lock it shut.
Turn the PastaMatic ON.
Use either water OR whole eggs.
Fill to the 1 Lb line on the cup. Be precise with your measurements.
The left side shows the Water measurements and the right side shows the
Whole Eggs measurement. The 1 Lb and ½ Lb markings refer to the amount
of flour being used.
Slowly pour the eggs OR water through the liquid intake hole in the lid.
Begin to time the kneading process.
Allow the dough to knead for 3 minutes, then unlatch the cover,
remove it, and check the consistency of the dough.
The consistency is correct when the dough looks like walnut-size lumps
that are moist, but not sticky.
The dough is too dry if feels floury in small granules. To correct, add
1 teaspoon of water. Close the cover and let knead for 3 more minutes.
You can't overknead the dough.
The dough is too wet when it feels sticky in large, smooth balls. To
correct, add 3 tablespoons of flour. Close the cover and let knead for 3
more minutes. You can't overknead the dough.
Unlatch the cover, remove it, and check the consistency of the dough. If
it feels too wet or too dry, repeat Step 8 above.
You are ready to begin the extrusion process when the dough looks like
walnut-sized lumps that are moist, but not sticky.
Turn the PastaMatic OFF by pressing the ON/OFF switch so that the button
sticks out. Replace and lock the cover.
Pull out the Slide, then turn the PastaMatic ON.
It will take about one minute for dough to start coming out of the open
end of the Rotary Housing.
Let the machine run until a couple of the larger sized lumps begin to
Turn the machine OFF by pressing the ON/OFF switch so that the button
Replace the lumps of dough into the Mixing Bowl, and replace and lock
Choose a disc, immerse it for a second in warm water and set it in place
on the end of the Rotary Housing.
Some discs have three tabs on the back, that must line up with the
notches on the Rotary Housing.
Screw the Ring Nut in place over the disc, for a fit snug.
Turn the machine ON by pressing the ON/OFF button.
It will take about 2 minutes for extruded pasta to emerge from the disc.
Remove the first 2 or 3 inches of pasta and place it back into the
The pasta should now extrude smoothly.
Cut to the desired length.
When all the dough is out of the Mixing Bowl and very little is
extruding, stop the machine.
Turn the PastaMatic OFF by pressing the ON/OFF switch so that the button
Remove the Ring Nut using the Wrench, and remove the disc.
Turn the PastaMatic ON by pressing the ON/OFF switch, and let the
remaining dough extrude from the open Rotary Housing. Keep hands away
from this area.
Disassemble the machine, remove excess dough, and leave the parts to dry
completely. You can let them dry overnight.
Rap the disc sharply against the counter and the dough will fall right
Wash the disc and other parts completely. All removable parts are
top-rack dishwasher safe.
Dry parts thoroughly, reassemble, and store.
|WHAT TO DO IF...
|...pasta sticks together as it comes out
of the machine
||This may happen more likely if the strands are thin,
but the real reason is because the dough was too wet before the
Lightly oil or flour your hands and run the pasta through to coat it as
it comes out of the machine.
Remember to check the dough next time, for proper consistency, before
you begin to extrude.
|...strands aren't all the same length
||Hold strands out as they extrude, or the bottom strands
will be shorter than the upper strands.
|...strands are raggedy along the edges
||This should improve somewhat as the dough extrudes and
the disc gets warmer.
It will only affect the first 20 or so inches or pasta.
Cut the strands that are raggedy and put them back in the Mixing Bowl.
|...dough revolves around blade and isn't
pushed out by kneading foot; strands come out gummy and stick to each
||This dough is too wet.
Replace the Shutter Slide and remove the disc.
Add a little more flour and knead until proper consistency, for 3 to 5
or more minutes more.
Then remove the Shutter Slide, attach the disc and continue the
|...cover pops open and stops the machine
||Push the dough down into the Mixing Bowl, or remove
some of the dough so that it won't rise all the way up the bowl to the
cover as it kneads.
You can add the dough back later.
|...dough is almost used up and what
remains won't go through
||Stop the machine, remove the cover and break the
remaining dough into pieces small enough to fit into the hole at the
bottom of the bowl. Dough should now come through the disc.
This can happen if the dough was too wet before the extrusion. Remember
to check the dough the next time, for proper consistency, before you
begin to extrude.
|...flour sprinkles out of shutter slide
opening while pasta is extruding
||Don't pull the Shutter Slide out completely.
You can leave it in part way as long as it doesn't block the dough from
dropping into the Rotary Housing chamber.
|...you want a quick way to clean the
parts after making the dough
||Let the pasta dry after disassembling the housing and
Just tap each piece on a hard surface, and the dried pasta will fall
|...dough sticks in deep slots of some
discs and is hard to flake away to clean
||Put disc in freezer for 10 minutes, tap on a hard
surface and clean up with a nut pick, if necessary.
The frozen dough should come off easily.
|...you don't want to cook the pasta
||Wrap it airtight in plastic wrap and refrigerate if
storing for only several hours.
Or, the dough can be wrapped airtight in plastic wrap, aluminum foil or
airtight container, and frozen until you want to use it.
|...these hints don't answer your
||Re-read the directions, then contact the distributor,
listed at the bottom of this page.
The model and serial numbers of your PastaMatic are on a label either on
the back or on the bottom of the unit.
All the discs for the Simac (MX 700, PastaMatic 1000, PastaMatic 1400)
also fit the Lello (PastaMaster 2200 and PastaMaster 3000PRO), the DeLonghi
(PastaMatic), and the Cuisinart pasta machines.