Homemade Pasta

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I am so lucky to live with some of my absolute best friends- it really feels like I live with family. We’ve started a tradition of family dinners. Honestly, they usually happen spontaneously when we all talk about a new recipe we want to try. Last week we had a family dinner inspired by my friend Caroline who has a pasta maker and is our resident homemade pasta expert. She taught me how to make fresh spaghetti and WOW was it amazing. Here is Caroline’s fresh pasta recipe!

What you’ll need: 

2 1/4 cups flour (plus a little extra when using the pasta machine)

5 eggs

Pasta Machine

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What to do:

Put the flour into a bowl and separate it so there is a hole in the middle. Put eggs in the middle of the hole and beat them. Then mix the flour and eggs together. The dough should be somewhat wet- you can add additional flour if it’s too sticky.

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Let the dough rest for 15 minutes. After letting the dough rest, divide the dough into slightly smaller balls.

 

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Flatten the smaller dough balls and put through the pasta maker. There are six levels on every pasta maker and you want to put them through to the second to last level.

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Once they’re all flat, hang on the drying rack. Let them sit until they harden a bit (we waited around 10- 15 minutes) then put them through the cutting part of the machine. Then you’re ready to cook your pasta!

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Of course we needed some vino with our homemade pasta

Of course we needed some vino with our homemade pasta

Final product

Final product

Spaghetti Squash with Homemade Tomato Sauce & Turkey Meatballs

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Pasta is one of my favorite treats so I’m not going to lie to you and say spaghetti squash is an equivalent substitute. It’s kind of crunchy and doesn’t have much flavor, but when you add my homemade tomato sauce and turkey meatballs it tastes a lot more like a pasta dish.

I’ve posted about the tomato sauce before, click here to get the recipe. (Also, this sauce is amazing on quinoa- try it!)

Turkey Meatball Ingredients

Turkey Meatball Ingredients

What You’ll Need:

1 Spaghetti Squash

Olive Oil

1 lb ground turkey

1/2 cup mozzarella

1/3 cup bread crumbs

1 egg

Salt and pepper

Ingredients for Tomato Sauce

What to do: 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Poke holes all around the spaghetti squash with a knife or fork. Place in oven for an hour.

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Meanwhile, make the turkey meatballs. Mix the ground turkey, mozzarella, bread crumbs, egg and salt and pepper into a bowl. Mix the ingredients thoroughly. When mixed, roll into small meatballs.

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Warm a pan over medium heat with olive oil. In batches, place the meatballs in the pan until they are crisp and browned all over. Place on a baking sheet. Once all the meatballs are on the baking sheet, put in the oven for about 10 minutes to fully cook.

When the spaghetti squash is done, let cool for a bit and then cut in half. I always cut them horizontally but was just told cutting vertically may be easier (give it a try!). Scrape out the seeds and then, with a fork, scrape the spaghetti squash out.

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Put the spaghetti squash, tomato sauce and turkey meatballs together and you got yourself a meal!

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Roasted Vegetable Pizza on a Cauliflower Crust

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This cauliflower crust is UNREAL. I honestly couldn’t believe how much it tasted like real pizza crust. And it surprisingly didn’t take too much time. You need to try this if you’re a pizza fan!

Ingredients

Ingredients

What You’ll Need:

1/2 head of cauliflower (about 2 cups, riced)
1 egg, beaten
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Pizza sauce
Toppings of choice (I used Broccoli, Peppers and onions- and one with chicken)
Grated parmesan cheese

Pizza Toppings

Pizza Toppings

What To Do:

1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.

2. Rice your cauliflower. Do this by removing the stems from the cauliflower and cut into chunks. Place cauliflower into food processor and pulse until it resembles the texture of rice.

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3. Microwave the riced cauliflower in an uncovered in a microwave safe bowl for approximately 8 minutes.

4. Combine the cooked cauliflower, egg, garlic, cheese and seasonings. Stir until well- combined.

5. Spread the cauliflower mixture out onto a pizza pan in the shape of a pizza crust.

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6. Bake the crust for 20-30 minutes or until crust is golden and crispy.

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7. Remove crust from the oven and add pizza sauce, desired toppings and parmesan cheese. I added additional shredded cheese, as well.

8. Bake the pizza for 4-5 minutes. You can broil the pizza to make sure the cheese all melts.

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Quick & Easy Tomato Sauce

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I found this recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Sip Savour Share. The blogger, Sophie, and I share the same love for Italian foodso I love making her recipes! This tomato sauce only takes about 30- 40 minutes and always tastes so fresh (because of all the natural ingredients). Not only is it delicious but it’s super healthy. I usually make a double batch every few weeks and use the sauce on several things during the week: mostly pasta and quinoa.

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Here is the recipe, via Sip Savour Share:

Quick & Easy Tomato Sauce
Serves 2 as a main, 4 as a side

1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp onions, minced
1 garlic clove, smashed
salt to taste
1 pint of tomatoes, chopped (don’t worry about this being perfect – it’s all about speed)
1 small pinch of red pepper flakes
1 tsp of butter
small handful of basil, sliced
grated parmesan to serve

1) Heat olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add garlic and onions and sauté until translucent. Add a pinch of salt.
2) Add chopped tomatoes. Bring to a rolling simmer, then reduce to slowly simmer.
3) After about 20 minutes, taste and season as required. Add red pepper flakes.
4) When sauce tastes ready, add butter and half of the basil. Stir.
5) Serve with the rest of the basil and parmesan.
6) Toss with fresh linguine, or any type of pasta.

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