Welcome back Foodies! It’s that time of year again. One of the greatest Hallmark holidays is just around the corner. Whether you plan on spending it with your honey or your best group of friends, Valentine’s Day can be a fun excuse to experiment with new and guilt-free gluttonous recipes! Be as crazy or creative as you’d like, just do me a favor and DON’T go out! Chances are prices are higher then normal, service will be slower due to higher customer volume, and your experience will be anything but romantic. However, if you’re a regular restaurateur and you must go out then stick to your favorite place, odds are you server will know you and your food will be prompt and delicious!
This week I attempted homemade pasta (sans the pasta maker!) for the first time! My Italian husband was happy to see me giving into my carb cravings and taking a break from all the spicy foods I’ve been eating! So baby and I rolled up our sleeves and got one-on-one with our families Italian roots.
I must say, like most first-time recipe experiences, it was far from perfect, but it was also far from inedible as well. I used a very basic recipe (2 eggs per cup of flour) just to get a feel for it, then made a list of the ideas and tips I had for next time. This is the best trick I have. I always write straight into my recipe binder notes after making a dish. That way, the next time I attempt the recipe (which with so many good recipes out there could be in years!), I can jog my memory of the issues/changes/suggestions I had. For the homemade pasta, I would try adding dried herbs and I would roll out the dough even thinner, it puffs up quite a bit while cooking! Other than that, there is nothing like the taste and texture of fresh pasta!
Homemade Pasta Recipe
6 whole eggs
3 cups of flour
Sift flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour to pour the eggs. Pre-crack the eggs in a separate bowl, it’s easier to fish out shells that may sneak in! Begin to work the flour and eggs together. It’s sticky and messy and very Demi and Patrick Ghost style for your Valentine’s Day dinner! You’ll need to work the dough for a while until it becomes smooth and pliable. Feel free to flour dust as you go to keep from getting too sticky. You want to make sure the gluten really “get’s going” (V-day pun intended, folks!). Roll, stretch, punch, pull, whatever works for you! I kept my dough in the bowl but you can work it on a floured counter top as well.
Once the dough is smooth, let it sit for a while. I let mine sit for around an hour. Then roll it out as thin as you possibly can and once you have it that thin, roll it out some more! Trust me on this one! Then, use a pizza cutter to slice your dough. Toss in boiling water for around 5 minutes (less for thinner pasta and more time for thicker). We like our pasta al dente so I always cook to the lesser. Serve with your favorite sauce!
This is a great, simple recipe filled with love for your Valentine’s Day sweetie. Share with a significant other, family, girl friends, guy friends, or even Fido! Whoever you share it with, make sure you enjoy every bite of your labor of love!
Happy Valentine’s Day Lovers!
Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodetarian