Homemade Pasta with Awesome Sauce

Homemade Pasta

So I don’t know exactly what awesome sauce is; I first heard it the phrase while watching a video of a laser cutter playing the theme song to Super Mario Bros. That was definitely awesome. When Val tasted the sauce, it set her mouth ablaze with spiciness and flavor, and she claimed this sauce was “awesome.”

pasta ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of semolina flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • 1 tbsp of dried herbs (I used our Rosemary Rapture blend)
  • a pinch of salt

ingredients for awesome sauce:

  • 1 red onion diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 head of garlic roasted
  • 1 tsp of dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp of hot sauce (I used Cholula)
  • 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of butchers pepper
  • 1 heaping tbsp of dried Italian seasoning
  • 6 tomatoes on the vine, cored and deseeded
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine (we used a Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 1/4 cup of veggie stock
  • kosher salt

Homemade Pasta

To make the pasta start by mixing the dried ingredients on a smooth surface. Form a well in the middle of the dried ingredients. Crack the eggs on the counter and break the shell over the well. With a fork start whisking the eggs and incorporating the flour. Continue mixing the flour and eggs, add the olive oil and water as needed. Work the mix until it begins to form a stiff dough. Once formed, put aside for about 30 to 40 minutes.

Homemade Pasta

To cook the pasta, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling add some salt. Add the pasta and cook until tender, about 2-3 minutes. Drain the pasta and lightly drizzle some olive oil on the pasta so it doesn’t stick.

To make the sauce, pre-heat an oven to 450 degrees. Roast the garlic head in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the garlic is soft. Once cool to the touch, or cool enough to handle, peel the skin off of the roasted garlic. In a blender (or with an immersion blender) puree the roasted garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, veggie stock, and wine to a slightly chunky consistency. Set the puree aside. Heat up a large sauce pan or skillet to medium heat. Add the olive oil, heat for a minute or two. Add the onions and minced garlic cloves. Cook until the onions are translucent. Add the dried herbs, the crushed red pepper, butcher’s pepper, balsamic vinegar, and hot sauce. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Add the tomato puree and bring to a boil. Simmer the sauce for 10-15 minutes or longer. Salt to taste. Note that this sauce has quite a kick to it, so if you don’t like it spicy you might want to leave out some of the pepper or hot sauce here.

Put the pasta in a bowl, top it with some sauce, consider sprinkling some parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy.

A note about making your own pasta:

I’m not entirely sure if making your own pasta is worth it. While the taste of fresh the pasta was great, it did take a great deal of effort to make. The bulk of the effort was not in forming the dough, but forming the noodles themselves. We used our friend’s Kitchen Aid mixer attachment that extrudes noodles. Our first attempt with making linguine yielded noodle mush. So we reformed the dough and used the spaghetti extruder. As the noodles came out the pasta would stick to itself and we had to pull the noodles apart. It was a lot of effort, for something very simple. I don’t know if I needed to have the pasta dough cooler, a bit more flour, etc., who knows. If it wasn’t for the fact that sorting the noodles was like pulling apart several bags of pull-n-peel twizzlers it would be something worth doing all the time. I’ll do some more testing in the next couple week to see what I can do and if I can get it to be a bit easier. If  I can get the noodle part down I think we would fully switch to making our own noodles.

Homemade Pasta

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