About 15 years ago I introduced my parents to the world of long spaghetti. A door which I wish I had never opened. It was an innocent dinner and I was coming home from break in college and they wanted to have a meal together and asked me to bring the noodles. I stopped off at a local italian deli and found extra long spaghetti (about 20"). Ever since then, there is no substitute. For a while, they were able to satiate their pasta lust by driving there. Then they retired to Arizona (and subsequently re-retired to Florida). This has involved me picking up the pasta and shipping it to them at a large cost, doubling the original cost of the spaghetti.
Well, they’re retired and have nothing better to do but complain so I figured that a pasta maker would give them something new to bitch about.
All of that said, I started looking for pasta makers and am not sure about a couple things.
- How hard is it to make spaghetti, especially extra long spaghetti?
- What other equipment would be needed? I’m seeing drying things, but would they be good for extra long?
- I’m not sure if she has a Kitchenaid Mixer or not (there appears to be an attachment).
- Special flour or other atypical ingredients needed?