Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Recipe Blogging - Spicy Spaghetti

Generally, GF and I haven't strayed too far from our batch of known recipes. This includes anything involving making your own pasta. We have a great fresh pasta place (they make it - you buy it) within walking distance, so we are spoiled on the Italian fare front. But, this past weekend we tried a new one, making our own pasta and sauce and it turned out just yummy. Plus it's fairly easy if you've got some time. And I think it would make a great making dinner date sort of adventure if that's what you're after (I know I was - wink, wink).

So here goes...

Pasta Dough:

2 1/3 cups whole wheat flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

Lukewarm water


2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 fresh red chile pepper, finely chopped

1 tablespoon of finely chopped parsley

6 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound of ripe tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped

1/2 onion, finely chopped

salt to taste


For the pasta dough, sift the flour and salt onto a clean work surface and form a well in the center. Mix enough lukewarm water into the mix to make a smooth dough. Just add a little water at a time until it starts to become a dough - don't add too much. Knead the dough for about 15 minutes and then form it into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap and set it aside to rest for 30 minutes. After the dough rests, roll the dough onto a floured work surface until it is a sheet about 1/8 inch thick. Cover the rolled dough with a dry cloth and let it sit and dry for another 30 minutes. Cut the pasta dough into thin spaghetti strips as thin as you can, but no more than 1/8 inch thick (the thinner the better).

For the sauce, saute the garlic, onion, parsley and chile in a large frying pan over medium heat for 2 minutes until the garlic starts to turn a gold color. Stir in the tomatoes and cook on medium high until the tomatoes are broken down (about 5 minutes). Season with some salt and remove from the heat.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over medium heat and add the pasta strips. Cook this for about 5 minutes until the pasta is firm stirring the pasta. Drain the pasta and then add it to the frying pan with the sauce and cook over medium heat until the sauce stick to the pasta. Serve piping hot with some yummy bread.

This should serve about 4 people.



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