It’s a delicious way to spend time indoors.

By Katie Macdonald
March 18, 2020
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Right now, millions of people are hunkering down at home due to COVID-19 precautions. It can be a challenge to fill the extra time social distancing provides, and it looks like many Amazon shoppers are using this opportunity to take on the project of homemade pasta

So many users bought the Marcato Design 8320 Atlas 150 Pasta Machine in the past 24 hours that it has zoomed up to the second position in Amazon’s Movers and Shakers list, which tracks the biggest jumps in sales rank on the site. It’s not hard to imagine why: The gadget is already the retailer’s most popular pasta maker as well as our pick for the best manual machine.

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Designed and constructed in Italy, the machine is made of chrome-plated steel and makes sheets of dough in ten different thicknesses. Its adjustable manual handle makes it a breeze to roll out pasta that’s paper-thin or thick and chewy, and it comes with a dual-sided attachment to shape noodles like fettuccine and spaghetti or create thin sheets for lasagna or ravioli. If your pasta plans involve even more shapes, the gadget accommodates up to 13 different attachments (sold seperately).

The Atlas 150 is a go-to for home cooks looking to get a start in pasta making. It has nearly 2,000 perfect ratings from users who confirm its durable, user-friendly design is great for beginners.

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To buy: $65 (originally $68); amazon.com

“There’s definitely a learning curve to making pasta at home, but this machine is really great,” one wrote. “The instructions are very clear, but you definitely want to READ them before just jumping in if you don’t have a lot of DIY pasta experience. I can tell this thing is built to last and isn’t going to take up too much of my storage space.”

Another added, “I am new to making my own pasta, so I purchased a cheaper machine to learn on. I wish I’d purchased this one first! It’s so much sturdier and consistent and much easier to clean. The pasta cutter separates the pasta perfectly so I don’t have to go back and do that by hand.”

While many pasta machines cost hundreds of dollars, the Atlas 150 is just $65 right now. Add it to your kitchen to make staying indoors a little bit easier (and a lot more delicious).