Today I made pasta (for only the second time) and remembered how much I enjoy doing it! It’s definitely something to do on a weekend, and it’s easier than you think too. My first attempt was some ravioli, and today I tried out my tagliatelle attachment 🙂 I had to get Tom to help me put it through the machine because it ended up being really long!
This recipe is taken from ‘Gino’s Pasta‘ and serves 4. The original recipe says to use good quality pork sausages (or Italian sausages) but we used some smoky chipotle chilli sausages which worked really well.
For the pasta (makes about 400g)
300g white flour type ’00′, plus extra for dusting
3 medium eggs
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
For the rest of the dish
400g good quality pork sausages
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 leek, washed and finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
50g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in warm water for 15 mins and drained
100ml dry white wine
150ml double cream
Salt and pepper to taste
1.To make the pasta, sift the flour onto your work surface. Make a well in the centre and break in the eggs, before adding in the salt and oil.
2. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, mix the flour into the eggs, working from the centre outwards. Once you have a crumbly texture, gather the mixture together with your hands and start to knead until you have a soft dough.
3. Once the dough has come together, continue to knead for about 8 minutes, exactly as though you were kneading bread.
4. Roll the dough into a ball, cover in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for 20 minutes.
5. After 20 minutes, remove the dough from the fridge and flatten it with your fingers so that it fits through the pasta machine. Flour the pasta lightly on both sides and work it though the machine from the thickest to the thinnest setting – keep the pasta floured so that it doesn’t stick. Pass it through the tagliatelle attachment and leave to dry out a little.
6. Remove the skins from the sausages and place the mixture in a bowl. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a low heat and fry the sausage meat and leeks for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to crumble the meat.
7. Add the rosemary and mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Pour in the wine and cook for a further minute, allowing the alcohol to evaporate.
8. Pour in the cream, mix everything together and cook a couple more minutes.
9. Cook the fresh pasta for 2-3 minutes in a pan of salted water until al dente (if you’re using dried pasta, then you’ll need to put it on a little earlier!).
10. Pour in the cream sauce and toss everything together for 30 seconds to allow the flavours to combine. Serve immediately.