12 Ideal Gifts for Pasta Lovers
The pasta machines, ravioli stamps, and other presents we’ve got on our list.
Making fresh pasta at home is pretty gratifying, and these gifts are the perfect way to help someone get started. A best-selling pasta machine, for cranking out fettuccine, tagliolini, and more; ravioli stamps, for making neat little circle-, square-, or even heart-shaped ravioli. And don’t forget about cookbooks, either. Between Pasta Grannies, Lasagna, and so, so many more, there’s a whole world of recipes out there to explore. Read on for where to get them, and all of the other pasta gifts we’ve got on our radar.
Pasta Sauce Collection
Stonewall Kitchen’s Pasta Sauce Collection would be the perfect addition to a gift basket. It includes three of the brand’s most popular sauces—Roasted Garlic Basil Sauce, Classic Vodka Sauce, and Traditional Marinara Sauce.
Pasta Sauce Collection, $23 at stonewallkitchen.com
Monthly Pasta Subscription
This subscription, available in three-month or six-month options, sends two 16-ounce boxes of Sfoglini’s pasta to your door every month—one seasonal pasta, and one signature pasta.
Sfoglini Seasonal Pasta Subscription, $65–$120 (depending on subscription length) at food52.com
In our search for the best pasta maker, Marcato’s 8320 Atlas 150 Machine came out on top. It has the ability to roll out dough to 10 different thickness levels—with over 12,000 ratings on Amazon, it scored 4.7 out of five stars. The machine is currently in stock on Amazon and Crate & Barrel, although you’ll need to be prepared for it to arrive after Christmas. However, Marcato also offers pasta makers in bright colors like green and gold, which are available to ship in time.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer Attachments
If you (or your giftee) have a KitchenAid stand mixer, this set of attachments is also highly rated, including a fettuccine cutter, pasta roller, and spaghetti cutter. You can find it at Target and Williams-Sonoma, as well as used on Amazon.
Spiders are great for fishing ravioli, gnocchi, tortellini, and more out of the pot once they’re done cooking.
Hiware Solid Stainless Steel Spider Strainer, $11–$14 (depending on size) at amazon.com
This pasta dryer has eight rods, allowing you to hang plenty of noodles, and it has great reviews from Crate & Barrel customers.
Acacia Pasta Drying Rack, $15 at crateandbarrel.com
These sleek, simple pasta bowls are the perfect way to showcase your final product. Pick from five colors: Fog, Pink, Black, Stone, and Amber.
Kaloh Stoneware Pasta Bowls, $48 for a set of 4 or $12 individually at westelm.com
If you’re looking to gift a pasta cookbook, there are plenty of options. Flip through American Sfoglino for recipes like triangoli with gorgonzola, radicchio, and rosemary, and pappardelle with vegetables; Pasta Grannies is named after the video series of the same name, and it will teach you how to make egg pasta dough, durum wheat dough, and more. Craving lasagna? There’s a whole book for that, too.
American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Handmade Pasta, $23 (list price $35) at amazon.com; Pasta Grannies: The Official Cookbook: The Secrets of Italy's Best Home Cooks, $27 (list price $30) at amazon.com; Lasagna: A Baked Pasta Cookbook, $13 (list price $17) at amazon.com
You need a great stockpot to boil pasta, and this Made In model has a 4.9-star rating from over 5,000 reviews. It has a 5-ply construction and is induction compatible—plus, it’s dishwasher-safe.
Made In Stainless Clad Stock Pot (8 Ounces), $159 at madeincookware.com
Several lasagna recipes we have, such as this three-cheese lasagna with roasted red peppers and mushrooms, après-ski lasagna, and turkey and butternut squash lasagna with crispy sage, call for a 13- x 9-inch baking dish like this one from Emile Henry.
Emile Henry Modern Classics Large Rectangular Baker (Rouge Red), $60 (list price $70) at amazon.com
We’ve found this food scale to be the best digital option out there according to customer reviews, and it would come in handy for measuring out flour when you’re making pasta dough.
Ozeri ZK14-S Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale, $14 (list price $15) at amazon.com
Ravioli Stamps or Tablet with Roller
For ravioli makers, these stamps allow you to cut them into neat fluted circles (pictured), or even hearts. Or, give this tablet and roller—also from Marcato—a try, which makes 10 square-shaped ravioli at a time.