Meatless Monday: Homemade Pasta

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I bought Eric a present recently.  A hand cranked pasta maker.  He loves to make things from scratch. Even things that most people would rather just purchase pre-made from the store.  Yes, there are good fresh pasta varieties to purchase these days, even from a run of the mill grocery store.  But even when shopping at some high end market, I would pick Eric’s homemade pasta over their offerings any day.  His is fresh, delicious, and more importantly made with love.  Plus for you men ( I use that term loosely in this sentence read on) out there that think, believe, or feel it is not the thing of manly men to work in the kitchen, just remember all that kneading fresh pasta will really work your forearms.  It is just an added bonus of making fresh pasta, just ask or take a look at Eric’s.  Yes, he is amazing, just as amazing as this pasta.  Tonight our sauce of choice was a creamy pesto, made with a rue of brown butter and toasted flour, half and half, nutmeg, black pepper, and a few handfuls of grated Italian pecorino romano melted in.  Spinach pesto, the creamy sauce, and hot freshly cooked pasta were tossed together just after the pasta was cooked .  We topped the pasta with roasted brussel spouts, roasted garlic, shavings of pecorino romano, and a drizzling of the best balsamic vinegar.

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Homemade Pasta
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup 100% durum flour
  • ½ cup AP flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 pinches of salt
Directions
  1. Place flour into mound onto work surface.
  2. Create a shallow well for wet ingredients.
  3. Add 2 eggs, olive oil, water, and salt to well.
  4. With fork start to mix flour into wet ingredients until well incorporated.
  5. Continue to mix until a dough ball is formed, knead for 10 minutes.
  6. Form into a ball and place in large plastic bag and allow to rest for at least 20 minutes.
  7. After dough has rested cut dough ball into 2 pieces.
  8. Using a hand crank pasta maker roll dough until 1/16 inch, repeating with second ball of dough.
  9. Dust pasta sheets with flour.
  10. Run sheets of pasta through desired noodle setting.
  11. Cover pasta with dry towel.
  12. Cook fresh pasta in boiling salted water with a little olive oil for 4-5 minutes.
  13. Serve with desired sauce.

 

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