Thursday, January 30, 2014

Spinach Basil Fettuccine

Home made noodles with Alfredo sauce, a creamy parmesan cream sauce

My last post was about homemade pasta, and because I have a new machine, I am sure pasta will be a trend for a while here. This is a fairly easy recipe, which came out really well. The directions will be less detailed and include the basic recipe that I kind of  improvised. Then I will just add how I did the Alfredo sauce.

Basil/Spinach Pasta

3 cups of fresh spinach leaves
6 large basil leaves, stripped from their stems
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
2 to 2-1/2 c. flour

Place basil, spinach and water in a medium saucepan and cook until spinach and basil are wilted and soft. Place spinach/basil/water into a food processor bowl and add the egg. Blend until spinach and egg are totally mixed together, you will see little flecks of spinach and basil in a somewhat frothy liquid.

Place flour and salt into a measuring cup, stir to mix. Pour egg spinach mixture into a medium mixing bowl and start adding flour a little at a time, and mix until you have a firm dough. Place any loose flour on a smooth surface, and gather the dough in a ball, and knead on lightly floured surface until smooth.

Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest for 20 minutes.

Roll out using a pasta machine or by hand, and cut to desired size. This should work well for any number of shapes, as it is a very workable dough.

Separate noodles, Hang or lay out to dry for about 2 hours or longer or cook right away in salted boiling water for approximately 2 minutes. I separated mine and draped them over chair backs covered with clean paper toweling. The only issue I had was finding somewhere they could dry where the greedy dogs could not get to them. You can dry them in little piles, but they will take longer and may stick together too much.

The Alfredo is a simple throw together, and these measurements are approximate, so use what you got!

Improvised Alfredo

2 Tbl. butter
1/4 c. milk or cream
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese

While the pasta is boiling, melt butter in a wide skillet, and then set aside until pasta is done, then drain pasta, and add to skillet  returned to medium heat. Sprinkle in half the Parmesan cheese, stir, and then add milk. Stir to mix and then sprinkle in the rest of the Parmesan cheese, and toss and serve.

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