As I’ve mentioned before, I love carbohydrates intensely. And for this reason, I think this might be in my top five favourite homemade recipes of all time. But I’ve only made it the once… It takes a long time to make pasta from scratch, it can’t be denied, but it’s also what makes this recipe so outlandishly tasty. Of course it will still be amazing using store bought pasta, but if you have a few hours to kill one afternoon (and a pasta maker), I strongly encourage you to try it.
AND this dish is perfect if you’re having company. Impressive presentation is simple because everyone gets their own lovely roasted tomato on top of a heap of pasta! Add a leafy green salad on the side, and tada!
So, get all your pasta making gear set up to start.
Make and knead your dough.
Pass it through the pasta maker a few times.
It should start to get really long, narrow and thin. And try not to get too jealous of my gray jogging pants.
Next, put it through the spaghetti attachment.
Lay it out to dry. Beware, it will take over your kitchen.
Now prepare delicious stuffed tomatoes to roast, and then devour with some fresh pasta. Start with the filling. AKA: Panko bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, fresh parsley, fresh basil, garlic powder, coarse salt and fresh ground pepper and olive oil.
Scoop out of some of the tomato filling (dicing it if necessary), and stir it into the bread crumb mixture. Stuff everything back into the tomatoes, and roast at 400 degrees for about an hour.
Toss some fresh pasta with a bit of olive oil and/or melted butter and a bit of fresh parsley. Top with roasted tomatoes. And if you feel like getting fancy, sautée up some pancetta in a little bit of maple syrup. MMMMMMMmmmmmmm, crazy ingredients mixing and causing intense flavour sensations 🙂 IMAGINE IF YOU ADDED ROASTED GARLIC TOO???? Why didn’t I think of this before? 😦
From another angle…
Fresh Pasta Recipe
6 cups (+ more as necessary) all purpose flour
5 Eggs (Tip: Don’t use eggs straight from the fridge!)
1. Pour flour into large mixing bowl, and add eggs to centre.
2. Mix eggs with a fork until completely blended with the flour. Knead the mixture with your hands until it is completely homogenous and consistent. If the mixture is too dry, add some water. If it is too soft add some flour. A good mixture should never stick to your fingers.
3. Remove the mixture from the bowl and place it onto a lightly floured surface. Cut mixture into small pieces.
4. Set your pasta machine to the widest setting and pass a piece of the pasta mixture through the machine. Repeat this 5-6 times, folding the dough over and adding some flour to the middle if necessary.
5. When the dough has started to take shape, pass it through the smaller settings once or twice, until you obtain your desired thickness.
6. With a knife, cut the dough crossways in pieces that are approximately 10 inches long.
7. Switch your machine settings to the spaghetti attachment and pass the dough through to make your pasta! Note: if the rollers won’t “cut” this means the dough is too soft. In this case you should pass the dough through the smooth rollers, adding some flour to the mixture. If the dough is too dry and won’t catch in the machine, add a little water to the mixture and pass it through the smooth rollers once again.
8. Place the pasta on a table-cloth (or hang from a pasta drying rack if you’ve got one) and leave it to dry for at least an hour. This pasta can last a long time (1-2 weeks) if stored in a cool, dry place.
9. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Fresh pasta cooks in just a few minutes, averaging about 2-5 minutes, depending on thickness. Stir gently and then drain the pasta once it has finished cooking.
Roasted Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe
6 Big, Juicy Tomatoes
1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
½ cup chopped artichoke hearts (optional)
¾ cups Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup Toasted Pine Nuts
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup fresh basil
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp each kosher salt and pepper
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ cup pancetta, sautéed in maple syrup until crispy (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Cut the tops off the tomatoes and scoop out 2-3 tbsp of the innards. Dice tomato innards into bite size pieces.
3. Put diced tomato into big mixing bowl, and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir until everything is thoroughly combined and stuff mixture back into tomatoes.
4. Put in oven for 45 minutes until tomatoes are soft. Serve on top of fresh pasta, and add sautéed maple pancetta if desired.