The Marcato 150 is a fine pasta maker whose manual is small enough that we lost it within five minutes of it entering our kitchen for the first time. Oops. We found it later, nestling within the pages of a cookbook, but not before discovering that
where can I download a Marcato 150/180/Atlas manual? is a bit of a FAQ.
Below are the most important paragraphs. If you'd prefer to have the complete manual (containing more text, a dough recipe, lots of pictures, etc), have a look at the Marcato FAQ.
How to prepare the machine for use
Fix the machine onto the table with the clamp provided and insert the handle into the roller hole. When using the machine for the first time, clean it with a dry cloth to remove any excess oil. To clean the rollers, pass a small quantity of dough through them and then throw the dough away.
How to prepare the dough and the pasta with
Set the machine regulator to position 1, pulling it outwards and turning it so the two smooth rollers are completely open (approx. 3mm). Pass a piece of dough mixture through the machine turning the handle. Repeat this operation 5-6 times, folding the dough over and adding some flour to the middle if necessary. When the dough has taken a regular shape, pass it through the rollers once only with the regulators set on number 2, then once again on number 3 continuing until you obtain the desired thickness (min. thickness at no. 9 approx 0.2mm). With a knife, cut the dough crossways in pieces approximately 25cm long. Insert the handle in the hole for the cutting rollers, turn it slowly and pass the dough through so as to obtain the type of pasta you prefer. Note 1: If the rollers won't
cut, this means the dough is too soft; in this case you should pass the dough through the smooth rollers, after adding some flour to the mixture. Note 2: However when the dough is too dry and cannot be
caught by the cutting rollers, add a little water to the mixture and pass it through the smooth rollers once again.
Place the pasta on a tablecloth and leave it to dry for at least an hour.
Maintenance of the machine
During use, clean the scrapers underneath the smooth rollers every so often with a piece of kitchen paper. Never wash the machine with water or in the dishwasher! To clean the machine after use, use a brush or a wooden rod. To clean the inside of the machine, remove the plastic protectors. If necessary put several drops of vaseline oil on the ends of the cutting rollers. Do not insert knives or cloths in between the rollers.