Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Homemade Pasta

Portuguese Version
It's so easy to make homemade pasta. No special equipment, only a food processor, a pizza cutter or a pasta cutter. It only takes about half an hour and a strong arm to roll the dough! But you will discover it is time well spent. Only three easy steps!

Homemade Pasta
(Source: Better Homes and Gardens magazine)

1 1/3 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/4 cup finely chopped, well-drained, cooked spinach
1/2 tsp. cooking olive or olive oil

2 tbsp. water (use the water in which you cooked your spinach) - add the water later.

1) Place steel blade in food processor bowl. Add flour, salt, egg, spinach and oil. Cover and process until mixture forms fine crumbs, like cornmeal. With the processor running, slowly pour water through the tube. Continue processing until it forms a ball.

2) Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Cover, let it rest for 10 minutes.

3) Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into an 11-inch square (30 cm) and about 1/16 inch thick (1 mm). Let stand uncovered for about 20 minutes. With a knife, pizza cutter or pasta cutter, cut each portion into about 1/4-inch (0.5 cm) wide strips. Cook it for about 8 minutes in boiling water. Try the pasta with your favorite sauce.

My sauce:
Onions, garlic, paprika, parsley, green onions - cook until tender in oil or olive oil.
About 3 grated tomatoes - add and stir just a few seconds - do not cook.
Add cumin, pepper, coriander, red pepper, salt, and oregano to taste. Pour sauce over pasta.


Luna said...

Cris, Thank you !!! for translating. I´ll try it soon. Tomorrow I´ll try to find out, where I get this Pasta-cutter. Then I tell you the result.

Cris said...

Hi Luna, my pleasure. You can use a pizza cutter or a knife, it only takes more time! Please let me know if you would like any other recipes translated. The first posts on my other blog are in English. Thanks!

Val said...

I have one of those pasta machines that rolls out and then cuts the pasta, but I do like the squiggles created by the plastic roller.