I have owned a KitchenAid stand mixer for years and absolute love using the small appliance for everything from mixing batter for homemade cakes, cookies, and muffins to kneading dough for bread and pizza crust. It whips cream, too! There are so many things you probably didn’t even know a stand mixer could do.
Just when I thought I couldn’t love it any more, the machine really dazzled me when I invested in the pasta cutter and roller set and started to make my own homemade pasta. How does the KitchenAid stand mixer do that?
One of the advantages with KitchenAid mixers that you don’t get with others is the convenient Attachment Hub at the front of the machine. Open the flap and screw in a variety of attachments to transform the machine into one that can do so much more than mix, whip, and knead.
I’m, of course, partial to the pasta cutter and roller set, which I have used numerous times to make homemade fettuccine, spaghetti, and even pasta sheets for filled ravioli or lasagne. If I had my way, however, I’d have a full set-up with so much more.
Indeed, KitchenAid offers tons of stand mixer attachments. Some have been around for a while, like the spiralizer for vegetables and the meat grinder for meats and other hard ingredients, like cheese. But exciting new options are being added all the time. Here are a few of my favourites, how they work, and for what you could use them.
Pasta cutter and roller
As noted, the KitchenAid Pasta Roller & Cutter stand mixer attachment is one I own and have been using for years. It comes with three pieces: one for rolling the dough at various thicknesses, a cutter for spaghetti, and one for fettucine. Unlike manual rollers, simply attach the device and adjust the dial to the right thickness: start wide and roll through multiple times, getting thinner each time. To roll, turn the machine on to low and guide the dough through the top, grabbing it as it runs through the bottom.
While it’s a lot of work to make a significant amount of pasta (say, enough to feed a family of four), it’s worth it in the end. With a dusting of flour and a pasta rack to hang the noodles (or go the traditional route with a broomstick across two chairs), and the pasta will cook in boiling water in under two minutes. It’s as fresh as you can get.
Store-bought sausage is a nice indulgence, but buying in store means getting something with a bunch of additives and fillers; not to mention the price of meat is on the rise. Instead, grab a big slab of meat for a deal and use this KitchenAid food grinder attachment to make your own. Connect to the hub, roughly chop the raw meat, then run it through the chute. You can even add fresh herbs, spices, and garlic to the meat to grind it all together.
From pasta Bolognese to spaghetti with meatballs, use high-quality beef to even make homemade hamburgers and taco filling, too. The grinder can also be used for hard cheeses and vegetables, or even stale bread for breadcrumbs, making it even more versatile than the name suggests.
Make pizza crust in the mixer itself using the dough hook then add the meat grinder to grind some mozzarella for topping. Note: if you plan to make sausages, consider the sausage stuffer attachment which makes that process blazingly simple once you have grinded the meat.
Ice cream maker
Homemade ice cream? Yes, please! Unlike the other attachments, the ice cream maker doesn’t use the Attachment Hub but rather comes in the form of a specific bowl that connects to the machine, just like the standard stainless-steel one does. Keep the bowl in the freezer and pull it out when you have a hankering for a sweet, icy treat. Add ingredients, whether you want cream-based on without, mix for 30 minutes, and voila! Fresh ice cream for everyone in the family to indulge.
Keep in mind that you have to prep ahead of time to ensure the bowl is sufficiently frozen or have a freezer large enough to keep it there 24/7 when not in use. If you have a chest freezer or second freezer in the home, this attachment will be worth the investment.
One of the newer KitchenAid Hub attachments you might not yet know about is the ice shave attachment, which will bring you right back to your childhood and those shaved ice treats you begged your parents for at the local fair or amusement park. Connect, add water, juice, chocolate milk, or any other liquid and a minute later, it will come out the other end of the one-pint attachment shaved for enjoying with a spoon or eating in a bowl like ice cream (before it melts, of course!) For lactose-intolerant folks, it’s a great way to enjoy a sweet treat without the cream. You can shave plain ice then add flavour to it, or even fresh fruit.
I recently invested in a KitchenAid food processor, but for those with limited space or who want a simpler, cleaner set-up, there’s a food processor attachment for the mixer. It works much like any other standard food processor accept it attaches to the Hub to gain power from the machine so you don’t have to plug in a separate unit.
It comes with accessory discs for dicing, slicing, shredding, and julienning ingredients for all types of recipes. Use the food processor to grate cheese for pasta, chop onions and garlic for recipes, grate carrots for a cake, and all those other tasks that would otherwise take a lot of time and manual work to get done.
As you might have guessed, I’m a sucker for a big plate of piping hot pasta, and next on my wish list in addition to the pasta roller and cutter set is the Pasta Press stand mixer attachment. With this one, you can make macaroni, bucatini, spaghetti, fusilli, and rigatoni, all without any tricky work by hand. Just connect one of the six included pasta plates to the main attachment unit, turn the mixer on, add the dough, and watch the noodles magically appear. There’s even a built-in wire cutter for getting noodles exactly the size you want them to be.
If you have kids at home who love picking which pasta they’ll have for lunch or dinner, they’ll have fun helping you with the process.
A KitchenAid stand mixer is much more than just a mixer
This merely scratches the surface in terms of the KitchenAid stand mixer attachments you can choose from to expand the usefulness of the small kitchen appliance.
Check out the great KitchenAid stand mixers, all of which work with the versatile KitchenAid stand mixer attachments, at Best Buy Online.
The Ice cream maker sounds like the best attachment because I love ice cream.
I would like to try the KitchenAid Pasta Roller & Cutter stand mixer attachment because it would make my meals tastier.
I’d most like to try the ice shave attachment…it reminds me of desserts from my childhood!
I would like to try the food grinder
KitchenAid Espresso Machine and Burr Grinder would be.a dream ! I am a coffee lover and would love to try out this espresso maker.
I’d love to try the ice cream maker because, duh, ice cream!
I would use the ice cream maker bowl attachment because homemade ice cream always tastes so good. My favourite flavour is chocolate.
I’d love to try the pasta roller because the first time I made fresh pasta, it was the best thing ever and was so easy to make, but I don’t have a pasta roller to make it anymore!
I would like to try to the food processor attachment the most, as it would get the most use.
I would love to try the pasta press. Homemade pasta is so much more healthier and perfect for my healthy eating plan !
The KitchenAid Pasta Roller & Cutter stand mixer attachment really excites me. Would love to make my own pasta in a simplified way.
I am so glad you mentioned the pasta cutter! We have an older model KitchenAid stand mixer, and I will definitely order the pasta cutter for it. We spend a small fortune buying fresh pasta at the St. Lawrence Market, and I would love to try to make my own with this attachment. (I posted about this contest on instagram, twitter and facebook, all under my name – cathyerdle. The facebook is under cathy erdle – with a space). Thank you for the chance to win.
the KitchenAid Pasta Roller & Cutter stand mixer attachment Would be tasty
the KitchenAid Pasta Roller & Cutter stand mixer attachment Would be fun
the KitchenAid Pasta Roller & Cutter stand mixer attachment Would be great to try
The grinder attachment would be handy for making sausages.
I would love to try the Kitchen Aid Pasta Press stand mixer attachment because I enjoy fresh pasta. I used to make fresh pasta with spinach and fresh tomatoes that was worlds apart from the store bought selections.
I would love to try the food grinder so I can make some fresh meatballs
I would love to try the ice cream maker so I can explore all different type of ice cream flavours all at home!
I would like to try the pasta cutter so I can make some homemade pasta for date night!
I’d love to try the food processor…so convenient
I would love to try the ice cream maker so we could make ice cream for summer
I would like to try the pasta press to make fresh pasta.
I’d like a KitchenAid stand mixer with the pasta attachments and also the grinder for making sausages.
I would like to try the shaved ice attachment – it’s a frozen treat I rarely get to try, so it would be great to be able to make it on my own at home!
They all sound interesting it was a hard choice but I think our love of pasta makes the pasta press very interesting for our family. I think we ould enoy making it and eating as a family.
I’d love to try the ice cream maker, seems like something that I haven’t tried before
there are a few attachments that I would love….food grinder and sausage stuffer for our wild meat would be cool, but the ICE CREAM maker is one thing that I did not realize you could get! what a great idea and what a great addition it would be to have that….who doesn’t love ice cream…I would once again be the best grandma ever!
I would love to try the ice cream maker and have a blast with my grandkids coming up with different flavours!
I would love to try the KitchenAid Espresso Machine and Burr Grinder. I love well-made coffee, especially espresso and it would be so nice to enjoy this at home.
I would love to try the pasta roller and cutter – I love having fresh pasta at home, but I’ve never had it THAT fresh!
The ice cream maker would be the highlight in the bowl attachment for me. What an easy process that would be to make ice cream. I still remember the hand grinders we had when I was young that we used and filled the sides with snow and salt to freeze the ice cream that we turned by hand. This would be so easy to make ice cream in comparison.
I’m most interested in the food grinder attachment as I like to make my own burgers, this would help a lot.
The pasta cutter and roller is a game-changer. This weekend I had chinese xi’an noodles for the first time – LOVED THEM – I would definitely try my hand at them with the pasta accessory!
KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer pasta roller and cutter set sounds fantastic to make my own pasta.
Stand mixer would make baking so much faster and easier!
Ice cream maker for some fresh homemade ice cream
I would love to try the ice cream maker attachment because I’ve always wanted to experiment with creating my own ice cream flavours.
The Pasta press–I think making pasta would be fun and nothing is better than fresh out of the machine.
The ice cream maker – because i am lactose intolerant and cannot eat regular ice cream. So I could use lactose free milk to make ice cream that I could have
I would like to try the food grinder to make my own sausages
I would try the ice cream maker to make matcha ice cream.
i would like to try the Food grinder attachment. It would be great for grinding up some venison or moose meat!
The food grinder reminds me of the hand powered one my mom had when I was a kid. I would like to try that to make our own sausages.
The Pasta press–I think making pasta would be fun and nothing is better than fresh out of the machine.
I would like to try the food grinder & the sausage stuffer attachments. Would love to try making sausage, & to easily grind the deer & moose meat I get from my dad.
I’m all about the ice shave attachment so I can mix with fruit syrup to make summer treats
I would love nothing more than to indulge the tastes of my Big Beautiful Blended Family, my Magnificent Friends and my Fabulous Work Family with the wonderful ice cream maker! Whether inside or outside for a special occasion, an every day treat or for a moment of relaxation after a hard days work, ice cream is a delicious way to celebrate the simple joys life brings! It’s really about bringing people together and sharing those moments with the added joy of a fantastic treat! As a mom, a grandma, a friend, a nurse and all the other shoes I fill for the people I love, making these moments happen is what fills my heart with happiness!!! And for me, well, I love making things and making ice cream sounds like a whole lot of yummy fun!
I would like to try the KitchenAid Food Grinder attachment so that we could make our own ground beef. You would know exactly what’s in your burger! Thanks for the opportunity.
I would want to try the Ice cream maker! Why? BECAUSE ITS ICE CREAM!