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Pasta alla Norma

9 Jan

After three fantastic weeks with family for christmas and friends for new years, normal life has begun again this past monday. I have never liked the weeks after the holidays, because you have to put the christmas tree away and now I have to miss everyone again. But, I will also be starting my new job next week! So this will be very exciting 🙂

Because the past few weeks have been so busy, I did not have the time to write about food. However I did eat fantastic meals! In my upcoming posts I will feature some of these great experiences.

But for now, a post about healthy vegetarian pasta to forget the voracious diners! This pasta was recommended to me by the lovely wife of my landlord. When we went to pick up her mother from the train station, they immediately started talking about food and recipes after they greeted each other. Oh how I love Italians! Although I had just eaten, the recipe sounded delicious, so here it is :-).

Ingredients

2 onions, 1 cloves of garlic, 1 large eggplant or 2 small ones, 2 cans of tomato pulp, 300 g. of whole-wheat (here is the healthy touch!) spaghetti, 1 hand of basil.

Preparation

Cut the onions and garlic. Put some olive oil in a pan and bake the vegetables until they glaze. Meanwhile cut the eggplant in small pieces and and them to the stir. Cook some water in a pan and add the spaghetti. I added a little guy called ‘Al Dente’ we got as a present! He starts to whistle the Aida after 7 minutes, so we know the pasta is ready 🙂

Serve the spaghetti with the sauce and a few leaves of basil. Buon appetito!

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Pasta machine!

9 Nov

In this blog I just want to share my love for the pasta machine. We all know that it is very easy to make a pasta recipe and use dried pasta, but making your own with a pasta machine is just SO MUCH fun!! You can already buy a nice pasta machine from 50 euros or more. So, to make spaghetti, tagliatelle, lasagna layers or ravioli, use this recipe!

Ingredients

400 g. of flower, 4 eggs, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt.

Preparation

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl until all of them cohere nicely. Then, get the dough out of the bowl and knead it until it is smooth. Fold the dough in a kitchen towel en leave it to rest for 30 minutes. After the dough is made ready, take 1/4 and start to roll it with a rolling pin. When the part is nicely flat, put it through the pasta machine, and see how it comes out!

If you want to make spaghetti or lasagna layers, it is okay to leave the pasta between kitchen foil to dry for a while. However, when you want to make ravioli, remember that you can not leave the ravioli layers for too long! They will eventually dry out and when you want to put the sauce in and fold them together, the dough will not stick. This is what happened to my pumpkin ravioli recipe idea… I did make a nice tagliatelle from the dried out ravioli layers though 🙂