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I am officially obsessed with handmade pasta! You need only a few simple ingredients and the combinations of flavors, herbs, spices, and fillings you can add are endless. The kids love cranking out the pasta into sheets, and noodles, and cutting ravioli shapes. Here’s some ravioli we made with my favorite red sauce:

Cheese Stuffed Ravioli Recipe with Red Wine Marinara Sauce Recipe - pasta dough with just 2 ingredients!
WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 ½ cups (14 oz.) all-purpose flour, plus any additional needed for dusting/kneading
  • 1 container ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • optional: grated cheese for topping
  • Red Wine Marinara Sauce

WHAT YOU DO:

STEP 1. MAKE THE DOUGH

MIX: Mound the flour in the center of your work surface. Using your hands, make a well in the middle that will be wide enough and deep enough to hold 4 eggs. Add 4 eggs (save 1 egg for the filling), and add any optional liquids or flavoring (for example chopped spinach, or ½ cup dry white wine, and/or herbs and spices such as basil or parsley). Using a fork, beat the eggs (and any liquids/flavors). Gradually incorporate small amounts of flour from the sides of the well as you go, until all the flour is mixed in. This will be a lumpy mess, but the next step will take care of that.

KNEAD: Knead for 3 minutes or so. If the dough is really sticky, add a little more flour. The dough should be slightly springy and just a tiny bit sticky. Knead for 10 additional minutes until the dough becomes smooth. Wrap ball-shaped dough in plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature, for an hour or so.

STEP 2. WHILE THE DOUGH RESTS, MAKE THE FILLING
In a bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, 1 lightly-beaten egg, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

STEP 3. After dough has rested, roll into sheets. I used a hand-crank pasta machine, but you could use a rolling pin and flour as well.

Place dough sheets on work surface and place dollops of ricotta cheese every few inches. Wet the dough with a few drops of water around each cheese, then place a second dough sheet on top, and seal with your fingers. I used a cutter to cut out square shapes (a roller tool or knife would work well too). If you want to get really gadget-y (ha) I have also seen molds/forms for homemade ravioli.

STEP 4. COOK

Bring 6-8 quarts of salted water to a rapid boil. Add pasta, and boil until firm but not mushy (fresh pasta only takes a few minutes). Drain and serve with red wine marinara sauce.

adapted from The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Two-Ingredient Homemade Egg Pasta Recipe

Two Ingredient Homemade Pasta Recipe - Just eggs and flour - I will never buy the boxed stuff again.

Here’s a fun and easy recipe: homemade egg pasta. It’s just two basic ingredients: flour and eggs. You can use this to roll out in flat sheets for cutting into fettuccine noodles or tagliatelle. It’s also perfect for filled pastas such as ravioli or tortellini.

The fun part is you don’t even need a mixing bowl – just make a “bowl” out of flour right on your work surface and place the eggs in the middle.

We used a hand-crank pasta machine to roll out the dough. Our kids thought this was great. It was like a PlayDoh Fun Factory – except we got to eat our work.

I cut some of the pasta dough into fettuccine and spaghetti noodles, and used a hand stamper tool to make ravioli another time.

Of course there are tons of flavors and liquids you can add to this basic pasta dough: try 6-10 oz. of spinach, or a teaspoon of grated lemon zest and 6 oz. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or even ½ cup dry white wine to your dough while mixing. Herbs and spices (basil, parsley, etc) or even vegetable purees can be great additions.

And if you’re making ravioli or tortellini, there are so many delicious options for the filling besides the usual ricotta: for example butternut squash, mushrooms, blue cheese, etc.

I made the batch in the photos with just plain old, boring, flour, since we have a bunch of it. I do want to try switching up the flour, though, and experiment with cornmeal, rice, semolina, whole wheat, and/or buckwheat.

Anyway, here’s the basic recipe. It makes approximately the same amount as 1 pound of store-bought dried boxed pasta.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 ½ cups (14 oz.) all-purpose flour

WHAT YOU DO:

MIX: Mound the flour in the center of your work surface. Using your hands, make a well in the middle that will be wide enough and deep enough to hold the eggs. Add eggs, and any optional liquids or flavoring. Using a fork, beat the eggs (and any liquids/flavors). Gradually incorporate small amounts of flour from the sides of the well as you go, until all the flour is mixed in. This will be a lumpy mess, but do not worry. The next step will take care of that.

KNEAD: Knead for 3 minutes or so. If the dough is really sticky, add a little more flour. The dough should be slightly springy and just a tiny bit sticky. Knead for 10 additional minutes until the dough becomes smooth. Wrap ball-shaped dough in plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature, for 30 to 60 minutes.

ROLL OUT (<– said in my best Transformers voice): Using a rolling pin (and extra flour for dusting) or pasta machine to turn the dough into sheets. Cut into desired shapes, or add filling if you’re making stuffed pasta.

Tip: I sprinkled a tiny bit of cornmeal on the dough before I put it through the roller the first time to keep it from sticking, and I put a tiny amount of cornmeal on the plate for the finished pasta and tossed the noodles around to keep them from sticking. To keep noodles from drying out, cover with a damp towel as you go.

COOK: Bring 6 to 8 quarts of salted water to a rapid boil. Add pasta, and boil until firm but not mushy (depending on the thickness of your pasta, anywhere from 30 seconds-2 minutes or so). Drain and serve.

adapted from The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Two Ingredient Homemade Pasta - just flour and eggs - I will never buy the boxed stuff again

 

Here’s a show and tell of my lunch. And an easy light meal idea; it’s more of a “no recipe” recipe. 🙂 It has whole wheat pasta tossed with veggies sauteed in olive oil and garlic, sprinkled with soy sauce and lemon juice.

Whole Wheat Pasta Tossed with Veggies - the 'no recipe' recipe!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • whole wheat spaghetti (however many servings you want to make)
  • a few teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) for sauteing the veggies
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • fresh vegetables, washed, cut and sliced (2-4 cups depending on how many servings you want) — I used asparagus, mushrooms, onions, yellow squash, zucchini, and bell peppers.
  • soy sauce
  • fresh lemon juice

WHAT YOU DO:

Prepare spaghetti noodles according to package directions.

While noodles are boiling, heat EVOO and garlic in a skillet over medium heat. Add veggies and sautee until tender.

Drain noodles, and place on serving dish. Top with veggies, then sprinkle on some soy sauce and lemon juice to taste. Stir to combine, then serve.

Here’s one more recipe to add to my recent noodle collection:

Sesame Noodles, which I adapted from babble.com

Awesome Sesame Noodles - great meatless option, or add chicken or shrimp. Also increase siracha for more spiciness if you want.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 lb. thin spaghetti
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. rice or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. honey
  • Tiny squirt of siracha
  • Optional toppings: additional siracha (for spiciness), toasted sesame seeds, chopped peanuts, sliced green onions, cooked chicken, cooked shrimp, etc.

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Cook pasta according to the package directions, then drain.
  • While pasta boils, in a large skillet heat oil and sauté the garlic and ginger for a few minutes, until soft but not brown. Transfer to a bowl and add the sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, honey and sriracha.
  • Toss pasta into a hot skillet with a bit of sesame and/or canola oil, stirring for a few minutes, until the noodles start to brown. Set aside to cool before tossing with the dressing.
  • Add to the bowl of dressing along with the any veggies or meat or other toppings (if using) and toss well to coat. Let sit for an hour, or refrigerate overnight. Serve topped with chopped peanuts, if you like. Served chilled or at room temperature.

Other recent noodle recipes I’ve tried…

Creamy Lemon Spinach Pasta

Spicy Thai Noodles

Looking for a lower carb option? Here’s an un-noodle “zoodle” recipe I made with zuchhini ribbons!

I’m on a noodle kick! After making some Creamy Lemon Spinach Pasta the other day, I tried a Spicy Thai Noodle recipe. Sooooo yummy.

I ate a few bites when it was still warm, and thought it was gross! I threw it in the fridge though, and ate it cold like recommended in the recipe from asmallsnippet.com, and it was *awesome!* It was really spicy, and I love spice, so feel free to adjust the amount of crushed red pepper.

Spicy Thai Noodles - boil linguine, mix in some soy sauce, honey, sesame oil & red pepper flakes. So easy and so delicious!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 box linguine
  • 1 Tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes (NOTE: this was super spicy. If you’re not a spicy fan, try reducing the red pepper flakes by say half or so?)
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c. sesame oil
  • 1/3 c. soy sauce
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • Optional toppings: sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, crushed peanuts, toasted seasme seeds

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Cook noodles according to instructions on package then drain.
  • While noodles are boiling heat the oils and crushed red pepper in a pan.
  • Strain out pepper flakes, then into the oil whisk in the soy sauce and honey.
  • Pour the oil mixture into the noodles and stir to combine.
  • Refrigerate for a few hours, or until cold.
  • Before serving add toppings.

By the way, here’s one of my favorite things from Amazon Prime – an entire gallon can of soy sauce! We use it all the time for cooking, stir fry recipes, rice, etc.

Spicy Thai Noodles - boil linguine, mix in some soy sauce, honey, sesame oil & red pepper flakes. So easy and so delicious!

Spicy Thai Noodles - boil linguine, mix in some soy sauce, honey, sesame oil & red pepper flakes. So easy and so delicious!

Spicy Thai Noodles - boil linguine, mix in some soy sauce, honey, sesame oil & red pepper flakes. So easy and so delicious! (4)

Spicy Thai Noodles - boil linguine, mix in some soy sauce, honey, sesame oil & red pepper flakes. So easy and so delicious!

Spicy Thai Noodles - boil linguine, mix in some soy sauce, honey, sesame oil & red pepper flakes. So easy and so delicious!

Spicy Thai Noodles - boil linguine, mix in some soy sauce, honey, sesame oil & red pepper flakes. So easy and so delicious!

 

Looking for a low-carb, healthier option? Here’s an un-noodle recipe I made using zucchini ribbons: Zoodles!

Here’s a One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta recipe I made. I love how everything cooks in the same pan – chicken, pasta noodles, and all!

This is how it turned out:

One-Pot Cheesy Chicken Penne Pasta {recipebookandmore.wordpress.com}

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1-2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 uncooked boneless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 can Manwich Bold sauce + 1 can water
  • 2 c. chicken broth – try homemade!
  • 8 oz. uncooked Penne pasta
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar jack cheese

WHAT YOU DO:

  1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add onion and garlic then saute for a minute or two. Add raw chicken, and cook until thoroughly cooked.
  2. Add broth, Manwich sauce, water, and pasta in the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 25-30 mins.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until it melts.
recipe adapted from yellowblissroad.com

feta artichoke pesto

Inspired by Mediterranean food ingredients I made a chilled pasta dish with whole-grain penne, feta, pesto, and fresh veggies.

It’s perfect for healthy eating!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 oz. whole-grain Barilla penne pasta, cooked and cooled (2 oz. uncooked ends up being approx 3/4 c.-1 c. cooked)
  • 1 Tbs. pesto (here’s my 5-ingredient pesto recipe)
  • 1/4 c. artichokes canned in water, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 Tbs. chopped red onion
  • 1/4 c. crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 grape tomatoes
  • pepper, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

Mix the penne and pesto together until combined. Top with artichokes, onion, feta, and tomatoes. Serve chilled.

Greek Salad

Greek Salad (Photo credit: Katherine Martinelli)

I recently created some new recipes inspired by the Mediterranean Diet, and included them while tracking my Weight Watchers points.

I incorporated lots of fresh ingredients, ditching the processed foods, and included heart-healthy fats and oils.

The best part is they are quick and easy, and share lots of the same ingredients, so I could shop once and make lots of different variations with the same foods. 

Here’s what I came up with (photos to come)…

Artichoke Shrimp & Pasta Toss – 8 Weight Watchers Plus Points

Shrimp and Artichoke Salad – 6 Weight Watchers Plus Points

Spinach Salad with Feta Crumbles – 7 Weight Watchers Plus Points

Shrimp & Pesto Pasta Toss – 9 Weight Watchers Plus Points

I recently created some new recipes inspired by the Mediterranean Diet, and included them while tracking my Weight Watchers points.

I incorporated lots of fresh ingredients, ditching the processed foods, and included heart-healthy fats and oils.

The best part is they are quick and easy, and share lots of the same ingredients, so I could shop once and make lots of different variations with the same foods.

Here’s one I came up with (still working on the photos):

Mediterranean Artichoke Shrimp & Pasta Toss

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 11 medium/large frozen pre-cooked shrimp, thawed
  • 2 oz. whole-grain penne pasta, cooked and cooled
  • Artichoke hearts, canned in water (to taste)
  • 5 grape tomatoes
  • 5 black olives

WHAT YOU DO:

While thawing shrimp in cold running water according to package directions, combine the remaining ingredients.

Toss in thawed shrimp and enjoy.

Entire serving: 8 Weight Watchers Plus Points

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I recently created some new recipes inspired by the Mediterranean Diet, and included them while tracking my Weight Watchers points.

I incorporated lots of fresh ingredients, ditching the processed foods, and included heart-healthy fats and oils.

The best part is they are quick and easy, and share lots of the same ingredients, so I could shop once and make lots of different variations with the same foods.

Here’s one I came up with (photos to come):

Combine in a serving dish and toss until combined:

  • 11 medium/large frozen pre-cooked shrimp, thawed
  • 2 oz. whole-grain penne pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1 Tbs. pesto (here’s my 5 ingredient pesto recipe)
  • 5 grape tomatoes

Entire serving: 9 Weight Watchers Plus Points

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