The Great British Baking Gear

Great British Baking Show Pasta Machine

July 31, 2021

TLDR: Occasionally the Bakers on The Great British Baking show use the Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine (Amazon Link).

What The Bakers Use

Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine - Red anodized aluminum (Amazon Link)

Throughout the seasons every now and again a challenge arises that require the bakers to make something out of a pasta or just ridiculously thin and rolled out - sfogliatelle anyone? When this arises the bakers are generally provided with a pasta machine.

The Great British Baking Show pasta machine is the Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine (Amazon Link). Described as the "Ferarri of pasta," it could be because it is from Italy, it could be because it comes in red. Either way its an iconic pasta machine, the quality and performance of this machine are hard to surpass.

The Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine (Amazon Link) comes in two different body materials. A chrome steel option, and an anodized aluminum option. The steel is going to be a heavier construction, while the anodized aluminum is going to be slightly lighter and also come in some fabulous colors! I believe I've only seen the stainless steel option on The Great British Baking Show.

The Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine (Amazon Link) is a manual machine that needs to be hand cranked - though a motor attachment is available, the motor is never used on The Great British Baking Show. The machine connects to the counter via a clamping mechanism which ensures wobble free operation. The rollers are made out of an anodized aluminum, which supposedly gives your pasta a better surface texture for sauces to coat. Additionally the materials ensure that no metal wares off into your pasta and there are no loose filings floating about to get into your food.

The machine can natively cut three different types (noodle shapes) of pasta, lasagne, fettucini, and tagliolini. With attachments - eg. different cutters - it can do 12 different shapes of pasta. It can also be adjusted to 10 different thicknesses - 0.5mm to 4.8mm. For those of us on an imperial system, that's 0.02 to 0.18 inches... or like 3/128th's to 3/16ths of an inch... just - why.

The Atlas 150 does have a larger ... wider... brother the Atlas 180, which instead of producing noodles 150mm (~5.9 inches) it makes noodles 180mm (~7.1 inches) wide. However, being a less produced machine, it may be better to go with the 150 for easier to find and afford attachments.

Lastly Marcato stands behind their product and backs it with a 10 year warranty on manufacturer defects. That is fantastic.

Funnily enough, Marcato is also very explicit - the Atlas 150 should be wiped clean and is not dishwasher safe. I have a feeling this warning is posted in the wake of some broken hearts / pasta machines.

Why Marcato?

Otello Marcato built his first pasta machine in a shop out of his house in 1930 and used his bike to travel between villages in his Italian provence selling them. In the 80 years since they've expanded their reach, and are now in 80 different markets around the world.

But just being Italian and selling around the world does not lift you to an iconic status. I imagine The Great British Baking Show uses their machines for the same reason they use most of the equipment they have. It functions beautifully and is wonderfully constructed.

Marcato has been producing their Atlas machines since 1965 and continues to build them from the best materials possible. They back their product with their 10 year warranty and take pride in their manufacturing process. They even take pride in producing as little waste material as possible, which is not only great for the company but the planet as a whole. If more companies would do this it would be fantastic!

Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine - Stainless Steel (Amazon Link)

Where to get one?

Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine - Stainless Steel (Amazon Link)

Let me just say that I'm not going to feature any other pasta machines on here. The Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine (Amazon Link) is not only the pasta machine from The Great British Baking Show, its also one of the nicest and best functioning pasta machines on the market.

On top of that it is not going to break the bank, they clock in around $100, and are backed by a phenomenal warranty. Even their customer service has 4.7 stars out of 1,200 reviews. Who reviews customer service to leave great feedback?! Most of the time its angry people upset about something, not someone lauding the service - amazing.

So where to get one? Available in 80 markets? You're in luck! First if you're looking for an in person (or online) option, Sur La Table, Target (Atlas 180), Walmart, and Crate and Barrel all carry the Marcato Atlas 150 pasta machine, at various price points with various attachments.

But it seems that the easiest place to find the Atlas 150, especially in the color you want is on the Marcato Amazon webstore. I've said it before - I'm a big fan of the ease of Amazon, and especially their prime service (try it for free for 30 days). Some companies have an "Amazon Store" where you can buy directly from the company, which is fantastic. I've also stated that you want to be a bit wary of purchases on Amazon. So lets take this as a good time to look at purchasing options on Amazon and making sure you're buying from Amazon or a legit vendor!

On the right side of the screen on Amazon, under the add it to your cart buttons you'll find a button that reads "New and Used (some number) from (some price)." If you click it it will open up a bunch of purchasing options. The top option will probably be from "Amazon" but clicking the "show more" will expand the box and show you exactly who the product is from and their ratings.

If you're seeing 4.9 stars out of 50,000 reviews, you can assume that the seller is legit. If you're seeing 1.2 stars out of 1,000 reviews - probably not legit. Select another purchasing option from a reputable seller on the list! Some manufacturers even go so far on their sites to say who is an official reseller - just choose one of them from the list! (Rode microphones is great about this!)

Ultimately, if your looking for The Great British Baking Show pasta maker, the Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine (Amazon Link), I hope you find one, at a price you can stomach in a color and material you love. It should be a love that will last you a lifetime, and if you're making your own healthy pasta, I assume that lifetime will be little bit longer and better for it!