Once again, I’ve been negligent about writing out blogs with recipes. I find that writing out the ingredients and process is not nearly as exciting as the actual preparation and cooking of the dishes. I have, however, been invested in writing the tales of Indigo Wren. I’m sick, I know. I invented this character and I’m basically living vicariously through him, or him through me. Whichever it is.
Anyhow, I made a collaborative dish with my boyfriend this past Friday. I do the cooking 98% of the time, but I must admit, he has the golden touch when it comes to homemade pasta. If you have time to kill, and a pasta machine (*** trust me, you will need a pasta machine… I’ve tried to hand-roll and it does NOT work out), this is the perfect dish to make. It’s going to take you about 3 hours start to finish… possibly more if you’re drinking and getting distracted dancing to 90s dance music.
I’m going to post the recipe for the shrimp dish… honestly it was better. If you want to make the artichoke pesto though: 1 can of artichoke hearts (don’t fuck with raw for this pesto), juice from 1 lemon, 1/3 cup olive oil, a handful of pine nuts OR walnuts (like 1/4 a cup), 2 TBS. chopped parsley, 1 clove of finely minced garlic, some salt and pepper to taste – throw it all in a food processor or blender and blend until pureed. Voila!
INGREDIENTS FOR THE PASTA:
- 4 eggs, room temperature and slightly beaten
- 3 cups flour (preferably 1 and 1/2 cup all-purpose, and 1 and 1/2 cup Semolina… but 3 cups of all-purpose does the job)
- 1 Tbs. salt
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2-3 Tbs. ICE COLD water
- More flour to knead the dough and dust the surface you roll on, as well as to dust the noodles so they don’t stick to each other!
INGREDIENTS FOR THE SAUCE:
- 1 lb. fresh shrimp, peeled, shelled, and de-veined
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 4 Tbs. butter
- 1/2 cup white wine (dry works better)
- Juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 2 Tbs. freshly chopped parsley
- Make sure you wear an apron and/or something light colored – you will end up with flour all over everything. If you’re OCD about the cleanliness of your kitchen/counter tops and stove, you’ve been warned.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt
- Slightly beat the room temperature eggs in a smaller bowl and dump into the flour
- Add in the olive oil and water
- Knead the dough with your hands until the mixture is consistent… add more flour or water as necessary, but you’ll want the dough to be more dry than sticky. IF ITS STICKING TO YOUR FINGERS AND PALMS, IT NEEDS MORE FLOUR!
- After kneading the dough for about 3 minutes, dust with more flour and divide into four parts. Wrap in plastic wrap or a damp cloth and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
- You’re going to want to make sure whatever surface the dough touches is dusted in flour, be it the counter top, the plate you put the finished pasta on, or the machine you use to press it and cut it!
- I have made pasta by hand before with a rolling pin – it’s doable, but so much more time consuming, messier, and the pasta is obviously much thicker than it is when you roll it through a pasta machine… cutting the strips also takes longer and they won’t be uniform in size
- I got my pasta machine from TJ Maxx for like $15 a couple of years ago. I think we only use it twice a year so I’m happy I didn’t spend a lot of money – Amazon probably has really affordable ones too!
- Once the pasta has been refrigerated, you’ll want to use a rolling pin to do the preliminary roll (again, make sure the surface you’re rolling on as well as the rolling pin are lightly floured)
- Next, run the flattened slab of dough through the pasta machine several times (usually 3 times) until it reaches the desired thickness
If you’re like me, you’ll want your pasta Mary-Kate Olsen thin, so it may need to rolled through the machine upwards of 5 times
- Next, you’ll run the pasta through the cutting side. Most pasta presses have a setting so you’ll be able to choose desired noodle thickness. I’d recommend fettuccine or tagliatelle thickness.
- Keep repeating the process with the other slabs of dough, or you can put the dough in the fridge for another day. I like to just roll and cut it all so I don’t have to fuck with the pasta machine again… because honestly, this is a messy process and you WILL have flour all over your kitchen.
- Next, put a LARGE pot of boiling water on to boil. Make sure it is heavily salted.
- You’ll definitely end up refrigerating at least half of this pasta…. the ingredients listed above produce enough for like 8 servings AT LEAST.
- As the water is boiling, heat up 1/4 cup olive oil and 4 Tbs. butter in a large sauce pan
- Add in the finely minced garlic and cook over low heat for 1-2 minutes (being careful not to burn)
- Add in the shrimp (granted they have been peeled and cleaned at this point)
- Raise the heat to medium, and add in the wine and squeeze in the juice from 1/2 lemon
- Add in the dried basil
- Stir occasionally until shrimp turn pink; season with salt and pepper to taste
- Once the water is at a full boil, add in the fresh pasta. It will take only 2 minutes or so to fully cook since it is fresh. You’ll want to taste test to make sure it’s cooked, but generally speaking, once it floats to the surface, it’s done cooking!
- Drain the pasta, and add back into the pot along with a drizzle of olive oil
- Toss in the shrimp/sauce mixture and mix/stir lightly (you don’t want to damage the noodles)
- Serve hot and top with some freshly chopped parsley
The above salad was awesome because of the dressing. This dressing would also pair well with tofu or even a stir-fry:
- 1 Tbs. toasted black sesame seeds
- 1 clove very finely minced garlic
- 3 Tbs. sesame oil
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 Tbs. white sugar
- Add all ingredients to bowl and whisk well
FOR THE SALAD:
- lightly sauteed snow peas
- shaved carrots
- thinly sliced radishes
- lightly sauteed yellow zucchini
In other news, I finally finished a painting I was working on, had way too much to drink on Saturday night at some random Bushwick dance bar called Jupiter Disco where I saw a clone of my brother and McLovin’, was too hungover to go hiking on Sunday like I wanted to as a result of Saturday night’s gin and tonic consumption, binge ate empanadas in my vulnerable and hungover state, and am now only living for the Korn concert and mini family vacation in Maine I’ll be taking this August. Cheers.