Thursday, 13 February 2014

homemade striped pasta hearts with red pesto

as i am not really that romantic kind of girl...i wouldn 't consider my striped black and gold pasta as romantic...more as stylish...but of course they still would make a beautiful v-day dinner...but of course not only for a valentine's dinner. add some colour to the black and gold pasta, the ravioli hearts are filled with a delicious cashew and sundried tomato pesto.

optional you can serve the pasta within the pesto, a very good option though.

i wish all the romantics out there a happy valentine‘s day and everyone else simply bon appetit.

this is what you need

- 200g  and 200g flour

- 2 and 2 eggs

- 1 tablespoon and 1 tablespoon olive oil

- dash of salt and another dash of salt

- food colouring (natural or artificial)

- pasta maker

- knife

- cookie cutter

- kitchen towel

this is what you have to do

- mix half of the flour, eggs, olive oil and salt and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic

- if you own a thermomix, the dough will be ready after kneading the dough for 2 minutes on dough speed

- wrap into cling foil and let it rest for 30 minutes

- repeat with the other half of the ingredients and add food colouring

- wrap into cling foil and let it rest for 30 minutes

- take a handful plain dough

- flaten the dough with your hands

- run it through your pasta rolling machine on thickest setting

- keep aside

- repeat with the coloured dough

- place both pieces on top of each other

- cut into halves

- place both layers on top of each other

- cut into small stripes

- again place the layers on top of each other

- lay the layers flat onto your working surface

-flatten with your hands

- run through your pasta maker first on the thickest than on a thinner mode

- spread out

- cut out hearts with a cookie cutter 

- get an even number of hearts ready

- prepare your filling

sundried tomato, cashew, garlic, parmesan pesto

- 4 sundried tomatoes

- a handful of cashews

- 4 garlic gloves

- 1 tablespoon of olive oil 

- grounded parmesan cheese

...mix all ingredients and chop in a blender or in a thermomix on speed 4

- place a teaspoon of the pesto in the middle of every second pasta heart

- place another pasta heart on top of each pesto topped heart

- use your fingertips to press the pasta between the mounds to seal


- cook the ravioli hearts in a large pot with lightly salted water, until floating

- toss with melted butter and grind pepper over the ravioli

simple alternative

marbled pasta nests

one of the big advantages of a pasta maker or pasta press is that you do not have any wastage of the dough...and create some beautiful marbled pasta nests.

- you can simply roll the remaining dough together to one ball.

- flaten with your hand

- run through the pasta press on the thickest mode 

- run again through a thinner mode

- and finally run it through the spaghetti or tagiatelle mode

- assemble them loose to a nest look-a-like and let them dry on a kitchen towel

the inspiration