January 18, 2011

Twirl THIS!!

i'm talking about pasta..twirlin pasta!! I have a had a pasta roller for quite sometime (garage sale score for $5) but have  never used it. So on a whim one night after watching The Sopranos, yeah blaming it on HBO) i decided to go for it!! Not a bad whirl for the first time around i might add!!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups semolina flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


1. Thoroughly sift together all-purpose flour, semolina flour, and pinch of salt.
2.  On a clean surface, make a mountain out of flour mixture then make a deep well in center. Break the eggs into the well and add olive oil. Whisk eggs very gently with a fork, gradually incorporating flour from the sides of the well. When mixture becomes too thick to mix with a fork, begin kneading with your hands.
3. Knead dough for 8 to 12 minutes, until it is smooth and supple. 
4. Dust dough and work surface with semolina as needed to keep dough from becoming sticky.
5.  Wrap dough tightly in plastic and allow it to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
6. Roll out dough with a pasta machine or a rolling pin to desired thickness. 
Cut into your favorite style of noodle or stuff with your favorite filling to make ravioli. 8.  Bring water to a boil in a large pot, then add 4 teaspoons salt. Cook pasta until tender but not mushy, 1 to 8 minutes depending on thickness.
9.  Drain immediately and toss with your favorite sauce.

While the pasta was cooking,  i fanagled a sauce that would have knocked your socks off!!
1 lb of turkey sausage
1 bunch of Kale
2 cloves of galic
2 cups chicken stock
 1/2 cup heavy cream
1. brown sausage and drain
2. when browned add smashed garlic cloves and kale
3. when kale is wilted, add chicken stock and heavy cream and let reduce to desired thickness
4. Toss in homeade pasta and enjoy!!

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