This was my first go at coloured pasta, I’ve seen loads of posts on instagram showing beautiful colour pasta shapes and needed to give it a go. It was a lot easier that I originally thought, although my filling shape needs to be improved. lol! Practise makes perfect as they say….lol.
I use my Kitchen Aid pasta roller for this but any handheld pasta roller or even a rolling pin will do.
The general rule of thumb when making pasta is:-
100g ‘OO’ Flour, 1 egg, pinch salt. (makes enough for 2 small portions)
If you need more simply double everything ie: 200g flour, 2 eggs etc, 400g flour, 4 eggs etc.
For the basic past dough:-
100g ‘OO’ Flour
Pinch of salt
For the Colouring:-
1 tsp Beetroot Powder (Red)
1 tsp Blue Pea Powder (Blue/Purple)
1 tsp Spinach Powder (Green)
You can of course use any colour you wish.
1 tsp nutmeg
handful chopped Dill or Spinach
40g Parmesan grated
- Make a well in the middle of your flour on a flat surface.
- Crack the egg into a jug, add the tsp of colouring and salt and whisk until blended, pour into the well of flour.
- Gently with a fork mix a little of the flour into the egg, once it starts to come together use your hands to bring together into a dough. If it is too dry just dip your fingers into water and add. You want the dough to be like a child’s play dough type texture.
- Once in a ball wrap in cling film and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
- Using the pasta roller, roll through on 1 twice, then fold the edges in, this is to try and keep the pasta sheet shape, then roll through on 1 again twice then 2,3,4,5 twice then a final roll on 6 then 7 just once. Sprinkle some semolina on a baking sheet and lay pasta down, this is to try and stop it from drying and sticking too much.
- Once all your sheets are ready, change cutter to tagliatelle. Choosing just 2 of the colours, pass through the cutter, then coat the strips in semolina to stop sticking together.
- Take each strip of colour and lay onto the final colour past sheet and press down, then put through the pasta roller to combine on setting 4, then 6 then 7 just once.
- Now you can decide on your shape, cut using pasta cutter.
- If filling, turn upside down 1 sheet and add dollops of your filling leaving enough space between, using a little water to edge the pasta (this allows the seal). Take the other pasta sheet and place on top and press around filling to seal ensuring no air bubbles. Freeze the filled pasta and then cook from frozen when required. (By freezing you ensure that the filling doesn’t leak when cooking)
I had some tagliatelle left over, so I just cooked in a little salt water for 2 minutes using my steam pot on my pasta setting, drained and mixed with the left over cheese mixture (quick little snack)
If you have any excess, allow to completely dry out by hanging (48 hours) then just bag or jar (ensuring covered with semolina to stop sticking).
Yummy little dish, I got this recipe from Pinch of Nom and added my own stamp to it. I do love one pot cooking and especially slow cooking too, it is sometimes so good just to put something in the oven and carry on with your daily tasks. This was slow cooked for 5 hours and was delicious. A really good simple throw together meal.
Makes 2 large servings
300g Scottish beef mince
300g tin tomatoes
60g chopped chorizo
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 carrot, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 stick celery, diced
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 beef stock cube crumbled
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
100g dried wholemeal pasta
150ml boiling water
40g low fat cheddar
Salt & pepper
- Set your oven to slow cook setting if you have one, if not this can be done in a slow cooker on med-high setting.
- Firstly brown the mince in a pan with salt, pepper and garlic then remove and place into an oven proof dish
- Next add in all the other ingredients with the exception of the pasta, cheese and boiling water, cover and bake for 4.5 hours
- Add in the pasta and boiling water to the dish and mix through, bake for a further 30 minutes or until pasta is cooked through.
- 10 minutes before ready, sprinkle on the cheese and allow to melt through.
- Serve. Yummy!
Oh yummy! I’m still trying to look for alternative healthier options to my meals and this recipe I came across on Eating well website. A few tweeks to suit our own tastes and voila it was super tasty and quite filling too.
400 g Scottish Steak (cubed)
1 red onion – cut into wedges
1 clove garlic – minced
400ml Beef Stock
1/2 cup of Red wine
70g sugar snap peas
1 red pepper – sliced about 0.5cm thick
8 cherry tomatoes – halved
Cornflour to thick sauce – I used about 2 tbsps
1 tbsp tomato paste
Salt & pepper to taste
80-100g pasta (I used wholewheat as a healthier option)
- Heat a little oil in a large pan, add in the steak and brown, season with salt & pepper. Remove with a slotted spoon once browned all over.
- Fry the onions and red peppers with the garlic and tomato paste.
- Add back to the pan the steak, red wine & beef stock bring to the boil then reduce to a very low simmer and slow cook with lid on for about 4-5 hours.
- Just before serving cook your pasta as per packet instructions, drain then add the the pan along with the sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
- If sauce is still watery, make up your cornflour and stir in until you achieve the desired thickness of sauce.
- Season some more and serve.
This little dish was super tasty with a little kick, perfect for a Saturday night dinner. My ultimate favourite is 1 pan cooking (well kinda..lol), don’t you just love throwing everything in to 1 pot, easy cooking, less washing up….lol!
We served this with a glass of Chardonnay and it went perfectly well.
6-8 Beef Meatballs (sliced in half)
150g pasta (I used wholewheat Fusilli)
200g tin tomatoes
75g chopped chorizo (good quality, we love Picante)
1 red onion (chopped)
1 red pepper (chopped)
1 carrot (chopped)
1 garlic clove (crushed)
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil (I would recommend using fresh, but unfortunately I didn’t have any)
1 chopped chilli or 1 tsp dried chillies
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt & Pepper to season
Parmesan to garnish
- First bring to the boil a pan of salted water and cook pasta for about 8-10 minutes, Save about 1/2 cup of the pasta water, drain pasta and set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan, add the meatballs & chorizo and brown all over. When browned remove with a slotted spoon and put to the side.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil and add the peppers, onions, carrots, garlic and thyme and gently cook until slightly tender.
- Return the meatballs and chorizo back to the pan, add the sauce and bring to a simmer for a few minutes until meatballs are cooked through.
- Then add the pasta to the pan along with the remaining pasta water and simmer for a further 5 minutes to warm through.
- Serve with some grated parmesan and chopped basil. Yummy!
Oh yummy. I had some pasta left over and some Italian sausage that I bought recently that needed to be used up, so looking in my cupboards this is what I threw together and it worked an absolute treat. Super tasty and filling.
Makes 2 servings
100g pasta (of your choice)
50g spiced italian sausage (any of your choice)
4/5 mushrooms – sliced
handful of piccolo tomates (or cherry if you have) – sliced in half
Cheesy White Sauce (find my recipe here)
- Cook pasta as per instructions
- Gently fry the sausage, tomatoes and mushrooms in a pan
- Drain the pasta the add the sausage, mushroom and tomatoes to the pasta pan then pour over the sauce and mix through.
- Serve. Yummy quick 10 minute meal.
I add some extra dried chillies to mine (optional)
OMG!…..I got my pasta maker a wee while ago and have been dying to try these.
Originally from Piedmont Italy, agnolotti are said to have been conceived at some point in the 14th century. The dish was so revered that it was named after the chef who created it.
Easier to make than its fiddly relatives ravioli and tortellini, agnolotti are small parcels made by piping dots of filling and folding and pinching it to seal. Normally around 3cm in size, miniature versions are also popular and are known as ‘Agnolotti del plin’, meaning ‘pinched’.
Makes 2-4 portions
To make the Pasta
275g ‘OO’ Pasta Flour
- Sift Flour and make into a ring on your worktop or put into a bowl of a mixer and make a well in the middle. Whisk the eggs and pour into the middle, add salt. Gently mix the flour and eggs together until you get a dough, knead for a few minutes until smooth.
- Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
To make the Sausage mixture
1 packet of Italian Sausages or any of your preference. I found these in my local supermarket and they are super tasty.
1 Leek – sliced
- Heat a little oil in a non stick pan.
- Break up the sausages and lightly fry until browned, remove to the side.
- Add a little butter to the pan and fry the leeks until slightly browned.
- Add both the sausage and leek to a processor and blitz until small pieces.
To assemble to Agnolotti
- Remove pasta from fridge and cut into 4 pieces.
- Flatten each pasta piece with you hand and feed through a pasta machine. I used 5 passes on No. 1, 3 passes on No. 3, 2 passes on No. 5, 2 passes on No. 6, 1 pass through on No. 7. You want it so the pasta is about 2mm thick and at least 30cm long.
- Take a small tsp of the sausage mixture and place onto the pasta in the middle leaving 1cm in between each spoonful.
- Take the bottom end and fold over the mixture to make a tube like shape and press to seal along lengthways. Trim to neaten.
- Taking your finger, press in between each section to make the individual parcels. Take the top section lengthways and fold back over the pasta to create a parcel.
- Using a cutter slice each section and place onto a tray.
- You can now refigerate until you are ready to cook.
- When ready, bring a larg pan to boil add some salt, cook for about 3 – 5 minutes until ready.
- Meanwhile make the sauce
To make the White wine sauce
1 x 18.7cl bottle of white wine
200g Creme Friache (I used low fat)
75ml Skimmed Milk
Salt & pepper to taste
Fresh Coriander – finely chopped
Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon
- Gently heat a non stick pan and pour the white wine in, bring to a boil and reduce until half.
- Add in the creme friache, milk, salt, pepper, lemon juice and coriander and continue to boil for about 5 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly.
- When pasta is ready, drain and put into the pan of sauce and mix together.
- I served on a bed a steamed vegetables.
- I have a steam pot, so I put some asparagus, spinach and sweet peppers in and steamed for 2 minutes.
If you have some pasta left over, you can wrap in cling film and freezer for up to 1 month.
Fresh Pasta is just the best, but I always make far too much, I really need to learn my portion sizes…lol. Today I came across a recipe for balsamic chicken so I decided to try it out but add a little honey to it for the glaze and flavour, it was delicious.
For the pasta: (makes 4 servings)
275g ‘OO’ Grade Pasta Flour
3 large eggs
1 tbsp dried basil
- Sift the flour & put basil into the large bowl on Kitchen Aid mixer or work surface.
- Make a well in the middle. Crack one egg in and whisk gently.
- Gently with your hands start to incorporate the flour starting at the bottom, once it starts to come together crack the 2nd egg, then the 3rd until it becomes sticky.
- Using the dough hook on the mixer, knead together until you get a smooth like dough. Remove, cover with cling film and leave for about 1 hour.
- Attach the pasta attachment, cut the pasta dough into 4 sections.
- Flatten dough with hand then feed through the pasta maker, No. 1 x 5, No. 3 x 2, No. 5/6 x 1
- Change attachment to fettuccine and feed through. Hang until ready to cook.
- Heat a large pan of slightly salted water and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Strain
For the Balsamic Honey Chicken:-
2 Chicken Breasts (1 per person)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp rainbow pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tbsp olive oil
- Place chicken breast in a dish. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a seperate dish then pour over the chicken. Marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Pre heat your grill to medium heat and gently grill the chicken on the wire shelf for about 16-17 minutes turning halfway through. Tip:- place a tray of cold water underneath to catch any drips but this also adds a little steam to help keep the chicken moist. (I have a chicken breast setting on my oven which I used, this automatically controls the temperature).
- Meanwhile cut some baby tomatoes in half (I used vittoria tomatoes), and place in the dish with remaining marinade sauce and mix. Place in the oven with the chicken beasts and next shelf down (underneath).
- Remove chicken from grill and slice lengthways, tip into the drained pasta along with the tomatoes and sauce and combine. Serve. Yummy!