How to Make Fresh Pasta

Try these easy recipes and never look back

If you're looking to host a dinner party that's bound to be a success, go Italian. Credit that to the country's long list of regional specialties or its focus on simple, hyper-fresh ingredients, but the reason we can't get enough of this Mediterranean fare boils down to one thing and one thing only: pasta. No-fuss but impressive and eternally satisfying, it's the ultimate crowd-pleaser. What's more? A few handy Stand Mixer attachments from KitchenAid® make the from-scratch pasta-making process easier than ever—a feat that will wow dinner guests and make for killer leftovers. From ricotta ravioli to pea shoot fusilli, here are four Italian-inspired recipes to try now.

A Crowd-Pleasing Pesto

Tender in texture and just sweet enough in flavor, there's something undeniably lovable about pea shoots. Couple this warm-weather ingredient with pesto and some fusilli pasta, and you're looking at a dinner dish that will be gone within seconds. Making it is as easy as it is to devour, thanks to the KitchenAid® Gourmet Pasta Press, which is capable of creating some of our very favorite kinds of carbs entirely from scratch.

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Party-Ready Ravioli

It doesn't get any more decadent than egg yolk ravioli—the ultimate single-bite nod to summer—unless, of course, you're also stuffing those perfect pockets with Meyer lemon ricotta cheese. Master the beloved pasta shape with the KitchenAid® Ravioli Maker Attachment, which effortlessly rolls out three rows of large-pocket ravioli—each one ready to be filled to the brim.

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A Caesar for Summer

The classic Caesar salad gets a summer-forward makeover when it meets one of our favorite seasonal staples: the grill. Once you've crisped up those romaine leaves and sourdough croutons, it's all about the dressing—a balanced mix of garlic, anchovies, lemon and eggs. Have extra dressing left over? Slice up some cucumbers to dip for the perfect snack, with the help of the-tried-and-true KitchenAid® Food Processor Attachment—an ace for slicing, shredding and julienning our favorite fruits and vegetables.

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Tiramisu Time

Composed of coffee, rich mascarpone cheese and, on this occasion, booze, this Italian go-to is hard to top. Case in point? This traditional take, which brings together spongy ladyfinger biscuits, dark rum and Dutch-processed cocoa powder for a decadent dessert that's as satisfying to look at as it is to eat. Consistency is everything for this one—and easy to achieve with our favorite mixing tool of all, the KitchenAid® Whisk.

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