Monthly Archives: January 2011

It’s not easy being green.

Actually, it’s just as easy being green and it tastes good.

In the wake of the arrival of my new pasta roller, pastapalooza continues.  Tonight I made spinach pasta for dinner and it was yummy, but maybe I’m a little bias.  I has a bag of spinach in the fridge and figured it was time to work on new noodle.

I started with my basic pasta recipe that I used the other day and added about a half a cup of fresh spinach puree. I left some small spinach pieces in the puree that gave the finished pasta a kind of mosaic look.  Next time I would probably add more spinach, but keep the consistency the same.

Spinach Pasta

1.5 cups flour

2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup fresh spinach, pureed

Wash and dry spinach thoroughly.  You don’t want any extra water in the puree because it can make the pasta dough sticky. Puree the spinach until only small pieces remain.  In a bowl, combine flour and salt.  Dig a well in the middle of the flour/salt mixture and add eggs and spinach.  Combine ingredients slowly using a fork.  If dough is too dry, add a little water.  If dough is too sticky, add a little flour.  Roll out and cut as desired.  Boil 4-8 minutes depending on thickness or until cooked through.  Enjoy!

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Happiness is…..

Fresh homemade Pasta.

I got a present in the mail today. Sure, I purchased and sent the present to myself, but it was glorious nonetheless.  After days of stalking its leisurely journey across the country, I arrived home to find the package waiting patiently on my doorstep.  I couldn’t open it fast enough, and at last, it was here.

 

You can almost hear the angels singing.

This is by far the best kitchen purchase I have made in awhile.  Let just say, I will never buy pasta again.  It so easy to make, takes the simplest of ingredients, and tastes fabulous.  If you’ve never made fresh pasta, do it. Trust me.

 

Basic pasta recipe

3/4 cup flour

1 pinch of salt

1 egg

Pile the flour and salt in a little pile on the cutting board and hollow out the center, kind of like a bird’s nest.  Place the egg in the center of the nest, and slowly knead the flour into the egg until full incorporated.  If the dough is too dry, simply add a little water.  If its too sticky (it should not stick to your hands), add a little flour.  The dough should be elastic, but smooth.  Then simply roll it out and cut as desired.  Add to salted boiling water and boil for 4-8 minutes depending on thickness.  Pasta will rise once its done.