By Charles Fredeen

Few things are more tasty than a home-cooked Italian meal. Having the proper kitchen equipment makes Italian cooking easier. Everything you need should be available at cookware or major department stores.

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Italian pasta meal.

Pasta Machine

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Pasta machine.

A stainless steel, hand-cranked pasta machine helps cooks churn out homemade pastas. These are clamped to the edge of a table or counter, and a variety of sizes and shapes of pasta are rolled out through various attachments.

Mezzaluna

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Mezzaluna.

A mezzaluna is a half-moon-shaped knife with handles at the ends of the blade. Cooks roll the blade from side to side to chop herbs and vegetables. Be careful using a mezzaluna as the blade is extremely sharp.

Pasta Pot

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Pasta pot.

A five-quart pot is a good size for cooking for two. Purchase one with an inner draining basket that has handles. Once the water has come to a boil and pasta is cooked, raise the basket up by its handles to drain.

Grater

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4 side grater.

A basic, four-sided grater will work just fine for most needs. Another option is a rotary cheese grater, which has a container to catch the cheese. The grater may have different-size apertures as well.

Ravioli

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Pasta cutter.

A nifty tool is a ravioli cutter, which is handy for cutting ravioli or pizza.