Being part of a wonderful online community can be so rewarding. I have met online and some in real is many wonderful people from all over the world. Often you follow your new friend’s blogs regularly and comments are always mutually left. It can be quite inspiring.
But there is a dark side too! Oh yes you have to beware! A blog you follow can one day post a recipe that will become your obsession. You will not rest until you make this recipe yourself. Days can go by and you remain always haunted by the craving of replicating and tasting that recipe you read on XYZ’s blog. This post is dedicated to such a situation.
Homemade pasta! It was actually the second time Joumana posted a recipe about pasta in a relatively short period of time. I have made pasta in the past a few times but always thought it was so much trouble. But her two posts planted a deep rooted seed into my foodie subconscious: I wanted homemade pasta and I wanted it NOW! So I made my first batch at home and love it so much I called Stef and told him we were making homemade pasta that weekend. Turns out our friend Gege was in town too so she brought a long a rolling pin. No fancy pasta machines for us! The only condition was Stef asked if he could be in charge of making the sauce as well!
What attracted me to this recipe was the easy of making the dough. Three ingredients at minimum and a food processor. Unfortunately I did not keep track of Stef’s pasta sauce but I can assure you it was absolutely delicious. And he got to prepare it in his brand new Chef’s coat, a belated birthday gift he got from Gege that very day.
Easy Homemade Pasta
- 8 ounces or 250 g. of all-purpose flour (if you have Flour 00, great!)
- 2 eggs (large)
- 1 ounce of steamed greens(spinach, frozen veggies, arugula, etc)
- In a food processor place the steamed greens and the eggs; chop in the processor for 1 minute.
- Add the flour and process until the dough holds together. You may need to add water at this stage, try adding 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Knead briefly on the counter, cover it and let it rest for 30 minutes.
- With a rolling pin and flour roll out as thin as possible and cut into your desired shape.
- Place in boiling water to cook for a few minutes. If not using the pasta right away let them air dry properly.
I found the trick to get your pasta thin with a rolling pin (and to save some energy) is to cut large strips when you feel there is no more stretch happening. Keep rolling and cutting down until you get it paper thin. It’s really worth the effort to get it as thin as possible. It’s a great group activity too, we had a manufacturing line going practically with 3 rolling pins.
We had so much fun preparing this dinner, especially with a cocktail or two in hand. And mishaps and silliness was on the menu too. The flour bag went flying off the counter onto to the flour and then we were just being plain silly goofing of with a black top and flour dusted hands. I debated on whether I should post that pic but you know what, cooking is also about having fun and not having to take yourself to seriously…so you get to see me in a silly moment.
Awesome recipe. I also like homemade pasta, however, I prefer semolina flour!
Haha, whose handprints are those on the black top? I’m with Conor on this one, making pasta at home is so much fun especially with friends and kids because you get to go all silly during the process and get to eat delicious food afterwards! Oh, about the obsession…I get that too :-).
Your silliness in the pasta department certainly put a smile on my face…great experiment, especially without the machine.
Next time (as you mentioned) do try it with the 00Flour…my MIL swears by it ;o)
Have a great week and flavourful wishes,
Oh, this must be fabulous!!! Now I want to make some 🙂
Haha Evelyne you crack me up. I love how delicious the pasta looks, but the thought of getting floury boobs makes me want to make some pasta even more 😉
LOL@ the chef’s coat occasion! Awesome pasta, Ev, and those meatballs are driving my nuts! I know just what you mean about obsessing over certain blog recipes and when the day comes, it’s like Xmas! lol I have so many bookmarks, it’s crazy! Pasta making is fun, and I give you kudos for hand rolling – I always use my pasta machine attachment. OH, never wear black when working heavily with flour lol Great pic – love the look on her face!
You guys are having too much fun 🙂 I love fresh pasta so much, looks like it came out beautifully!
You’re hilarious! I love homemade pasta, but I haven’t made it in years (except for the soba disaster). I actually have a pasta maker I bought when I was in high school. I’ll have to invite some friends over and have some fun with it soon.
p.s. the walnuts have arrived at my mother’s–can’t wait to get home and bake something with them! Thanks.
Next time, I will do it your way: By inviting my girlfriends to share in the fun! Sounds like you had a ball!
That looks fantastic! I’m a big fan of homemade pasta. Check out my own adventures into the pasta world1
Good job on the pasta. It looks great. I am so motivated to try again.
Be still my pasta lovving heart. Awesome pics. 🙂
This sounds so easy, although I’m sure it was a lot of work! I’m glad you all had so much fun making this yummy looking pasta!
I’m still laughing at that last picture 🙂 Great post, I love how simple this recipe sounds!
LOL @ Your floured apron photo – awesome!!
When we lived in Macedonia my mom used to make homemade pasta all the time … it really was delicious. I haven’t had homemade pasta since then…20 years ago! 🙂
Fun! Homemade pasta is just wonderful! I just got some 00 flour so I’ll definitely be making some pasta soon!
Mmmm… I love homemade pasta but I didn’t always. If it’s overcooked pasta is it’s own worst enemy! Yours looks wonderful! I so glad you had fun and enjoyed it!
Fresh made pasta? Would love to try it…cannot resist a nice homemade pasta. Looks delicious! Have a great week ahead Evelyne 🙂
I just finished dinner but I could definitely go for a plate of that pasta. It looks soooo delicious. I’ve never made homemade pasta before. Maybe it’s time…. Looks like more than a cocktail in hand – lol!!
I concur, It was just delicious !