Carb coma

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Today has been one of those days.

It's nasty as hell outside. Rainy and freezing. Hadley has been fussy. Our move-in date for the new house has been pushed back. 
Mommy has a headache. 

So what do we need? Carbs. And lots of them.

My fierce, Italian grandmother gave me her recipe for tomato sauce a few weeks back and I've been saving it for a rainy day like today. It's easy, delicious and makes your house smell DA-VINE.

To go along with the delicious sauce I decided to get real bold and make homemade pasta. I've always been curious about how to make your own pasta and it was surprisingly not so scary.

This recipe makes enough pasta for 4 people with lots of extra sauce.

W h a t   y o u   n e e d . . .

For the sauce
3 large cans crushed tomatoes
1 sweet onion, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium carrot, cut in half
olive oil
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
italian seasoning
goya seasoning - corriander and annatto flavor

For the pasta (recipe from Pioneer Woman)
2 cups of flour
4 eggs

W h a t   y o u   d o . . . 

For the sauce
In a large pot on medium heat add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the olive oil is heated, add the diced onion and crushed garlic. Add 2 teaspoons of kosher salt, 1 teaspoon ground pepper and 2 teaspoons italian seasoning. Let the onions and garlic sweat for 5 minutes, until translucent. 

Next, add the 3 cans of crushed tomatoes. Stir well. Add 2 more teaspoons italian seasoning, 2 teaspoons goya seasoning, 2 teaspoons salt and 2 teaspoons ground pepper. Add one tablespoon of olive oil and stir well. Make sure to taste at this point.. if you want more seasoning feel free to add more! I loaded mine up with italian seasoning, so yummy!

Add the carrot halves to the sauce for sweetness. Reduce the heat to simmer and let sit for one hour. 

Once done, take the pieces of carrot out.

For the pasta
Fill a medium sized bowl with two cups of flour. Create a "ditch" in the flour so you can crack the eggs into it. Crack all four eggs into the "ditch". Now here comes the messy part. Use one hand to work the eggs and flour together. It's going to be really sticky and out of control. Just keep kneading with one hand until it starts to come together. 

You can add flour to your counter and knead with both hands once the stickiness dies down a bit. You want to knead the pasta dough until it is no longer sticky or tacky. It'll become more smooth as the gluten breaks down. When you're done kneading let the dough sit for a few minutes. 

After your dough has rested, cover your work surface with flour and use a rolling pin to roll the pasta out. You'll want to get it as thin as possible. The pasta will plump up when you cook it so the thinner the better. 

Once your pasta is rolled thin use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut the pasta into thin strips. 

Your pasta is now ready to cook! Prep a pot with salted water. Once it's boiling add your pasta and cook for 4-6 minutes until tender. This pasta definitely has more of a bite to it versus dried pasta so it will be al dente. 

^^^We can't wait for our new gas stove!!!!!!!!!

And there you have it my little Italian minions!

Add your homemade tomato sauce, some parmesan cheese and DEFINITELY some garlic bread. 

I hope this carb fiesta warms your belly as much as it did mine. 



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