In this post I’ll explain how to use the Philips pasta maker. Philips has a few different pasta makers but they are relatively the same in how to operate and use them.
I purchased mine in 2017, but the most similar one now offered is the HR2375/06 from Amazon. The most notable difference is the style of the knobs on the front, and the version I have is not as compact as the newer models.
In addition, the one I am showing you has a voltage of 220 vs 120 and according to Philips website is only available through retailers.
How to Use a Philips Pasta Maker
I continue to use mine today to make the best homemade pasta I’ve ever had. By the time my water is boiling, the pasta from the machine is ready to go in.
That’s literally how easy it is to use the Philips Pasta Maker.
How to Assemble the Philips Pasta Maker
One of the features I like best about the Philips pasta maker is that it is very easy to assemble. I also own a great manual pasta maker which is a little clunky and awkward to use. However using the Philips pasta maker is intuitive, easy and much faster to make a batch of homemade pasta.
The components include your die cuts, a tray, detachable shaft, front cover, and a lid.
Putting the pasta maker together is really self-explanatory, but in a nutshell:
- First place the plastic inside where the ingredients will be mixed.
- Next secure the detachable shaft in the hole so that it fits. The shaft will turn and mix all the ingredients.
- Select the die cut of your choice and secure to the machine. Align the cut marks to know how to add it to the machine
- Place the front cover of the pasta maker which is stainless steel (for mine) making sure the side posts are properly aligned and secured.
- Use the wing nuts to secure the front to the machine.
Steps for How to Use the Philips Pasta Maker
How to Use the Philips Pasta Maker for Homemade Pasta
- Remove the top clear plastic lid.
- Measure your ingredients by weight in grams using a scale.
- Add 200 grams of semolina to the mixing compartment.
- Add 50 grams of white flour to the mixing compartment.
- Replace the lid and set the machine to a single batch and press start.
- As the mixing starts, pour in 90 ml of water through the slit at the top of the machine.
- You can also add a beaten egg for egg pasta. Use the supplied measuring cup using the egg or no egg fill lines.
- Let the machine run for a few minutes and it will begin to extrude through the die on it's own when ready.
- Use the plastic pasta cutter to cut the pasta to the length you want.
- If the pasta is long, hang it on a pasta rack. If it is short place on a slightly or oiled tray.
Hopefully your pasta maker came with their own recipe book for a variety of various pasta types and styles. Follow the book and understand that the machine is designed to work specifically for the types of pasta they describe. I’ve tried modifying the pasta requirements only to toss out whole batches.
How Long Does the Pasta Have to Dry Before Adding to the Water
When I make pasta using this Philips pasta maker, I do not need to let the pasta dry, instead I make sure that the pasta is slightly floured as it comes out of the machine and then by the time the water is boiling I add the pasta.
However, if your pasta is very moist, perhaps you added too much water or egg, then I would let the pasta dry for about 30 minutes. If you add the pasta into the water and it is too wet, it may be more likely to clump.
Make sure to give it a few gentle stirs when you first add it – this too will help reduce clumping, as well as adding a little drop of olive oil. Some debate this but I’ve seen it used.
How Long to Boil the Fresh Pasta
Unlike the store bought dry pasta we use from the store, homemade pasta takes about half of the time to cook. Typically 3-5 minutes. For thicker cuts like the penne, add a minute or more.
Yet, as I frequently explain in my recipes, it ultimately comes down to preference. I like my pasta slightly al dente, but my mother-in-law likes it mush where I need to boil it for over 10 minutes, and yes she has all her teeth. 🙂
So if you want to know when it’s done, do a taste test starting at 3 or 5 minutes. Typically however, the pasta will float to the top when it is done.
Make sure when adding the pasta to the water that you give it a stir a few times to prevent sticking. Also add a dash of salt.
How to Clean the Philips Pasta Maker
Cleaning the Philips pasta maker couldn’t be easier. Simply rinse the accessories and parts removing any left over dough (toss in the trash not the disposal), and place in the top rack of your dishwasher.
The only pieces that I find challenging are the die cuts. The pasta is hard to get out and you’ll need to use the cleaning tool or a brush to get the dough out of the small holes.
I find that using hot water makes it easier to clean, and any small dried pasta that I missed will easily come out on it own once dried. But for the bulk of the dough in the die cuts, I use hot running water and the cleaning tools.
Video for How I Use the Philips Pasta Maker
I decided to do a quick video (shown in bottom right and on YouTube) of how easy it really is by videoing (is that a word?) myself making a batch of pasta before heading to my in-laws. Hopefully this will help you see first hand how it works in a real life setting.
It’s hard to know how to buy a pasta maker online b/c everyone will say they have the best, and so on and so on. I actually purchased mine through Amazon and use it nearly every time I want pasta.
My mother-in-law is from Sicily and the first time she tried my homemade pasta she was so happy, and when people are happy when they eat the food you make, it in turn makes you happy too. You can watch the video and if you want to learn more check out my Philips Pasta maker review here.
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