Fresh pasta definitely is a star in any pasta type dish you make.
And that pasta roller on your kitchen aide mixer helps by being a third hand for sure....just be careful because attachments on them can shorten the lifespan of the mixer's transmission on the newer models.
I still hand crank mine...but I got a good Atlas/Olympia/ whatever. Metal gears and SS rollers. (All made by same company when sold over 30 years ago)
It's hard to come by a good, well built pasta roller anymore. (Plastic gears break) Mine may be over 30 years old but it's still rockin... (Which is why mfr went out of business)