first date pasta

i fell in love pretty quickly — somewhere between the starbucks coffee/hours of conversation and the first dinner date at my house. when you’re dating a trained chef, it just doesn’t make sense to go to a restaurant. i wanted to know what i was getting myself into. he came over with a backpack full of tupperware containers, each filled with ingredients to make the perfect pasta. turkey stuffed agnolotti, topped with fresh parmesan. he had me at the first bite.

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the pasta making process isn’t nearly as complicated as you’d think.

three ingredients:
7 oz. all-purpose flour
7 oz. semolina flour
4 eggs

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a food processor makes this part a lot easier, but if you want the authenticity of “hand-made” pasta — make a volcano of flour, with eggs in the middle, and stir. keep kneading until it all comes together into a big beautiful ball of dough.

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you’ll know you’re there when it looks like this:

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split the dough ball in half. flour the table REALLY well and roll that puppy out. you want it to be five or six inches across and about two and a half feet long. really roll it out. there’s no such thing as pasta that’s too thin.

to make the filling, grab a big bowl and throw in:
2 lb. ground turkey
1 onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup parmesan, shredded
2 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. basil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

use your hands to mix, then fill piping bag.

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pipe the turkey filling along the edge of the dough. use a brush to paint a couple inches of egg wash beside it (it’s like glue). roll the turkey up, overlapping the dough so none of it gets out. cut the extra pasta off.

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use a pasta cutter to cut the little guys apart.

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ta-da! drop them in well salted boiling water for about five minutes or until the filling is cooked through.

sauce with butter, black pepper, green onions, and more shredded parm.

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7 thoughts on “first date pasta

  1. Curtis says:

    Awesomeness!!!

  2. Teri says:

    WOW.. that sounds great! And I love the photography too!

  3. Sonya Hall says:

    Can’t wait to try this!

  4. Wow, this looks fancy and complicated, but also worth it! 🙂

    • it seems like a lot of work, but it’s really not that difficult. even if you just want to use the pasta recipe (only three ingredients!!!) and cut it up like noodles — it is so delicious. there’s really nothing better than homemade pasta!

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