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.
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the food grinder, i have wanted to make my own burgers and this owuld be great
I would love the Pasta Roller and Cutter attachment so we could experience the freshest pasta possible! My mouth is already watering in anticipation!
I would love to try out the food grinder attachment
Food grinder would be my choice, as I’d love to decide the ingredients that go into my ground meat.
I would find the pasta cutter and roller very useful in my kitchen. My family enjoys fresh pasta and this accessory would save me from cutting the pasta by hand!
The food processor attachment would be awesome! I love to make pizzas and this would save me so much time grating cheese!
The ice cream maker would be so popular at our house!!
I’d like to try the food processor because it would help make food prep much easier
I would like to try the pasta cutter and roller, it would make home made pasta much easier
The ice cream attachment would be my favourite and probably the cause of my rapid weight gain. But I would be happy.
I’ve always wanted to make homemade ice cream so the Ice Cream maker attachment is the accessory I would choose
I love to cook and would get the most use out of a food grinder. I would use it to make all kinds of things including sausages, and fillings for all kinds of specialty dishes.
I would love the food processor attachment. This attachment alone would save me time for meal prep. No more chopping or shredding anything by hand. It would be awesome to win this and give me more time out of the kitchen enjoying my family and friends.
I would love to try to shaved ice accessory because it looks easy to use and creates fun treats
I’ve always wanted to try to make my own pasta so the KitchenAid pasta roller/cuter is the accessory I would most like to try
The KitchenAid food grinder attachment would be great to use for grinding cheese.
The food grinder would be a great addition to my kitchen and my attempts to make healthy home cooked meals
I love the food processor attachment. I have very limited space so it is such a great option for people like me.
Would absolutely love to try the ice cream maker attachment! Have been wanting homemade ice cream forever
The multiple attachments for the mixer because there are some baking recipes I have that require a dough hook and others only available in a big mixer like this
Wow so many options! Getting back to the Basics of Scratch Cooking…I would love all the accessories. The pasta roller and cutter for homemade noodle express, the food processor and food grinder for those homemade sauces and creams, and, of course, the ice cream maker to wrap up that sweet tooth!! I’ve got my eyes on winning the KitchenAid and enjoying some good old-fashioned lasagna with a wonderful Italian side of chocolate bisque latte!
The Ice cream maker attachment is awesome. After baking something fabulous with the mixer I could make delicious ice cream to go with it.
I would love to try the pasta roller as I have never made pasta before.
The pasta press looks really cool and useful! Can make so many variety!
KitchenAid Pasta Roller & Cutter stand mixer attachment so that I can make homemade pasta like my MOm use to do. Would lve to duplicate her authentic Italian lasagna recipe.
I was coming to this page to 100% say a pasta roller… but then I saw ICE CREAM MAKER!? YUM! That would be so awesome for hot summer days
Pasta Cutter and Roller; never tried making my own pasta before!
I’d love to try The ice cream maker for sure, and not just for summer. Who doesn’t love ice cream and homemade is all the better I’m sure.
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Necessary To Own. I Would Love To Have Pasta Roller & Cutter Set. Thanks & Happy New Year. Awesome Giveaway
this is a tough choice but probably the pasta roller is my fav attachment
The Pasta Cutter, to be able to try all the different styles possible.
The pasta attachments would be awesome. I love homemade pasta. I love my KitchenAid. Hope I win!!!!!
Ice cream maker. For my love of ice cream made easy!
The ice cream maker, as I love ice cream
Would love all of these honestly! I think the shaved ice would be fun to try!
I love the pasta press
This is the first I have heard of the shaved ice attachment. I’m an ice junky so I’d love to try this.
The ice cream maker – I love ice cream!
I would love to try the Ice cream maker as I think home made ice cream would be delicious
Entering this contest to win this mixer.
I would love to have home made ice cream.
Tomorrow’s my 65th birthday, and I’m dedicating myself to getting back to cooking. I love my KitchenAid Stand Mixer, but I’ve never tried any of the amazing accessories that KitchenAid is coming up with. My husband loves his ice cream, but I’d sure love to make him a healthier option, so the ice cream attachment would be perfect! And who doesn’t love fresh pasta? And the grinder would be ideal for all the reasons you outlined.
I’ve got my sights set on winning the KitchenAid contest in a few weeks and can clearly see my husband and I enjoying a fettuccini dinner, followed by ice cream and a steaming vanilla latte!
Definitely want to try out the ice cream maker bowl. Wow homemade ice cream to go along with homemade apple pie.
I thought that the dough hook would be the attachment I’d be most interested in, since I make a lot of bread, but now that I know there’s an ice cream attachment, I’m VERY excited about that!
I like to control the ingredients in my food as much as possible so the Food Grinder would be perfect.
We buy ice cream frequently and so the option of making our own ice cream with the ice cream maker would interest us the most!
i had no idea that there was a ice creamer maker option!! love that!
Homemade ice cream sounds amazing! Would love to try that one.
I feel like a kid in a candy store when I look at all the attachments listed on this blog for the kitchen aid. I can actually see myself using all of the attachments but most of all I would love to give the ice cream maker bowl a try. That’s sure to be a hit with my family.
The pasta making options and accessories would be awesome!!