ORGANIC LOCAL RICOTTA CHEESE + ORGANIC VEGGIES FROM EARLS = BEST ORGANIC VEGGIE RICOTTA LASAGNA!

March 6th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


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Enjoy this recipe inspired by the connection  two organic and sustainable food folks have made!

Ingredients

Olive oil
4 cloves organic garlic, chopped fine
2 medium organic yellow, onions, chopped small
2 medium organic carrots, chopped small
2 medium organic green zucchini, chopped small
1 cup organic broccoli florets, cut super small
8 medium organic plum tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup fresh organic basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
2 tablespoons fresh organic parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
2 tablespoons fresh organic marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
2 tablespoons fresh organic oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
2 cups organic tomato sauce, canned
½ cup organic red table wine
Salt/pepper
Lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh)
4 cups fresh  organic spinach
3 cups  fresh ricotta (Bellwether Farms Whole Milk Jersey Ricotta)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons freshly ground nutmeg
1 ½ cups parmesan cheese, grated
1 cups fresh mozzarella, sliced thin

Directions

In a large soup pot, over medium high heat, add oil. Cook onions and garlic until soft and translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add carrots and cook for a few more minutes. Add the zucchini, broccoli and sauté a few more minutes.  Next add the tomatoes and reduce heat to a medium simmer. Add the fresh herbs (making sure to reserve some for the end).  Allow to cook about twenty minutes, cooking down the tomatoes.  Add the tomato sauce and red wine, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool a bit before assembling lasagna.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a mixing bowl combine the ricotta, nut meg and eggs and mix well.

In a large casserole dish, place a layer of lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh) down first, then spread a little sauce over the noodle. Add a layer of fresh spinach and then

gently spoon some of the ricotta mixture over the spinach (small dollops, over the layer about 1-1/2 inches apart.  Add a thin layer of warm sauce, making sure to move it around and melt the ricotta, making the layer even and consistent in sauce and ricotta.  Sprinkle a layer of parmesan cheese on top of the tomato sauce layer. Repeat the steps and make about 3-4 layers.  For the top, add a layer of noodles and a “glossing of sauce” just to moisten the noodles.  Cover with fresh slices of mozzarella and the reaming chopped fresh herbs.  Then sprinkle it with a thin layer of the grated parmesan.  Season with salt and pepper again.

Place lasagna in the oven and bake for about 45-60 minutes or until the top is crusty and lightly brown. Allow the lasagna to sit and rest about 20-30  minutes before serving. ( this will settled the lasagna and make cutting and serving easier!

Featured Earls Organic Growers: Covilli Zucchini, Jacobs Farms Herbs, La Colline Broccoli, Earthbound Farms Spinach

Earls Organic Produce, promotes organic agriculture and sustainable food trade while cultivating enduring partnerships with growers, producers and customers alike. Earls seeks to educate, excite and evoke passion for the organic culture and continually evolve.  An authentic passion for food and pure, fertile soil together fostered what has become the leading regional distributor of organic produce in the San Francisco Bay area, connecting like minded food conscious folks.

Bellwether Farms, located in the rolling hills of the Sonoma County Coast, the farm is located a few miles from the ocean, near Tamales & Bodega Bays.  The region is well known for mild temperatures and coastal fog.  With the absence of any heat stresses, the region is quintessential in it’s Shangri-La conditions for making exemplary cheese!

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Winter Herbal Pasta E Fagoili Soup with Fresh Pesto

February 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8 -12

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
½ yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 carrots, chopped medium

2 celery ribs, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine

1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves

1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves

1-2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
6 cups vegetables stock
1 cup cannellini beans, pre cooked or canned
1 (15 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes

6 cups vegetable stock

1 small piece of parmesan rind

1 cup ditalini pasta (or small pasta)

1 cup fresh English peas
1 cup fresh spinach leaves, chopped

Soy Nut Pesto*

Freshly Grated Parmesan

Directions

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.  Next add the carrots, celery and fresh herbs.  Season with salt.  Add the beans and the tomatoes and stir well.  Add the stock and the Parmesan rind and decrease heat to a simmer and cook until vegetables are almost soft, about 20 minutes.  Add the pasta and cook about five minutes.  Then add the peas and cook about five minutes more. Add the fresh spinach turn off heat and keep covered for 8 minutes.  Stir. Serve soup drizzled with herb pesto and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

PUMPKIN CANNELLONI WITH CARAMELIZED PUMPKIN SPICED ONIONS AND CONCORD GRAPE SAUCE

October 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
6 fresh sage leaves, chopped fine
½ cup hazelnuts, toasted
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups pumpkin, prebaked, peeled and  pureed
½ cup parmesan cheese
12  premade  fresh pasta sheets
Melted butter
Pumpkin Spiced Caramelized  Onions (Recipe Follows)
Concord Grape Sauce (Recipe Follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Bake the concord grapes according to the recipe below.

Use 1 tablespoon of butter and grease a casserole dish and set aside. In a medium size sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil and cook onion until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat.
In a medium-size bowl, combine the onions and garlic with the  sage, hazelnuts, nutmeg, cinnamon , pumpkin and parmesan and mix together well until all ingredients are  fully incorporated and smooth. Take each pasta sheet and spoon on the filling down the middle of the sheet in a tube shape.  Roll up the sheet and place it seem side down in the casserole dish.  Repeat with remaining pasta sheets until all are snuggly together in the baking dish.  Brush with melted butter and sprinkle a little cheese on the top.  Bake for about 20 minutes.  In the meantime prepare the caramelized onion and finish the concord grape sauce according to the recipes.  Once the cannelloni has baked for 20 minutes take it out of the oven and lay the caramelized onions over the top.  Spoon the concord grapes sauce over the tops of each of the cannelloni and place in the oven to bake for 10-12 more minutes or until the pasta sheets begin to brown.  Serve.

Caramelized Pumpkin Spiced Onions
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, sliced
1 tablespoon fresh sage, leaves chopped
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Directions

In a large skillet over medium  to low heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil.  Cook onions sage and spiced slowly until onions are soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes.

Concord Grape Sauce
Makes 1 cup


Ingredients

2 cups concord grapes, destemmed but left whole
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped red shallot
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly cracked
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup honey

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400 ° F. In a bowl toss together the grapes, garlic, shallot, and thyme leaves and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss with the olive oil and honey until all the grapes are well coated. Place the mixture in a glass baking dish and place in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the grapes just begin to caramelize. Push the baked mixture through a mesh strainer using the back of a spoon to push through everything you can. The mixture should be thick and jammy.

Raviolis with Ricotta and Mint and Orange Shallot Poppy Seed Butter and Micro Beet Greens

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 cup fresh ricotta cheese, drained
1 cup fresh goat cheese
1 tablespoon orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
Beet Pasta (recipe follows)
Orange Shallot Poppy Seed Butter (recipe follows)
Olive Oil
Micro Beet Greens

Directions

Mix the ricotta, goat cheese, orange zest and fresh herbs in a mixing bowl until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Make raviolis using the beet pasta, about 2 inch squares. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and place raviolis inside. Cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Raviolis should float when almost done, make sure to flip to ensure that both sides are cooked evenly. Take out of the boiling pot of water with a slotted spoon and place a dollop of shallot poppy seed butter on top. Garnish with some micro beet greens.

Fresh Beet Pasta

Ingredients

3 medium beets, cooked, peeled and chopped fine
3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

To make dough in a processor blend beets, flour, egg and salt in a food processor until mixture just begins to form a ball (dough should be firm and not sticky). Process dough for another 15 seconds to knead it. Transfer to a floured surface and let stand, covered for about 30 minutes for the dough to relax.

To roll pasta divide dough into 8 pieces, then flatten each piece into a rough rectangle and cover rectangles with an inverted large bowl. Set rollers of pasta machine on widest setting. Follow directions on pasta maker to roll and cut the desired pasta.

Orange Shallot Poppy Seed Butter

Makes 2 cups butter

Ingredients

1½ sticks butter
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 tablespoon orange zest
12 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, cracked

Directions

Heat all the ingredients in a small sauce pan and stir. Refrigerate until the mixture hardens.
In the meantime, in a medium sauté pan, melt butter and sauté shallots until translucent. Add poppy seeds, orange juice, and white wine and allow to cook down for about two minutes. Drizzle over cooked raviolis.

Fresh Beet Pasta

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

3 medium beets, cooked, peeled and chopped fine
3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

To make dough in a processor blend beets, flour, egg and salt in a food processor until mixture just begins to form a ball (dough should be firm and not sticky). Process dough for another 15 seconds to knead it. Transfer to a floured surface and let stand, covered for about 30 minutes for the dough to relax.

To roll pasta divide dough into 8 pieces, then flatten each piece into a rough rectangle and cover rectangles with an inverted large bowl. Set rollers of pasta machine on widest setting. Follow directions on pasta maker to roll and cut the desired pasta.

Prebuggiun per la Pasqualina (Spinach & Herb Fresh Pasta Pie)

August 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

Lingurian Pasta (3 cups flour, 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt, made into a pliable dough)
Linguarian Prebuggiun Mixture
1 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped
4 borage leaves (optional)
3 cups spinach, chopped
¼ cup pecorino Romano, grated fine
½ cup fresh ricotta
Salt/pepper
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 large egg

Directions

In a large pot of boiling water blanch all herbs and leaves and drain of all water using a cheese cloth. Chop all the blanched herbs up fine and place in a large bowl. Gently mix in the parmesan and ricotta sprinkle with salt, pepper and nutmeg and mix. Roll out the dough and place in a greased pie plate. Place the mixture in the dough in the pie plate evenly and make a whole in the middle and crack and egg, cover the top with more dough and connect the bottom layer to the top sealing the edges, like a giant ravioli in a pie tin. Bake in a preheated 375° oven for about 20 -30 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool before cutting and serving. Cut and serve like a pie!

Pansotti with Walnut Sauce (using Prebuggiun filling)

August 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped
4 borage leaves (optional)
3 cups spinach, chopped
¼ cup pecorino Romano, grated fine
½ cup fresh ricotta
Salt/pepper
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup walnuts, chopped fine
½ cup heavy cream
Ger-Nis Fresh Pasta

Directions

In a large pot of boiling water blanch all herbs and leaves and drain of all water using a cheese cloth. Chop all the blanched herbs up fine and place in a large bowl. Gently mix in the parmesan and ricotta sprinkle with salt, pepper and nutmeg and mix. Lay out pasta on a floured work surface, preferably wood and cut the pasta into circles. Place a spoonful of the mixture in the middle of the pasta and roll dough over forming a half moon shape, pressing firmly to close (make sure the pasta is closed on the sides). Place in a large pan of boiling and salted water and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until all pansotti are floating. In a blender mix together the oil, garlic, and walnuts, blend until smooth and add heavy cream and season with salt and pepper. After the pansotti are cooked take them out of the water and discard the pasta water keeping about ¼ cup reserved. Place the pansotti back in the empty pan and pour the walnut sauce over heating on a medium heat. Add a little pasta water to loosen the mixture and serve!

Fettuccini Nero Al Mar

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

This recipe is inspired by two experiences actually, my trip to the Lingurian coast and my many trips to Al di La in Brooklyn and my many Sepia Al Nero meals I have had right here in my own backyard. I often try to recreate Anna’s dishes and with an okay amount of success and this dish is no exception. I would like to think I learned a few tricks in Italy that can perhaps, maybe, almost compete with Anna’s version, which I have to admit is just about exactly the same as I found all along the coast of Italy!

Ingredients

Cuttlefish Ink Fettuccini, cooked (regular pasta dough) made with 1 tablespoon cuttlefish ink
*for whatever reason the sepia ink is said to drown out the taste of the salt in the past so add 1 teaspoon salt extra to the recipe using the ink
Olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh red chili’s (dried chili flakes can be substituted)
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 cloves garlic
1 cup rock shrimp
1 cup cuttlefish pieces, chopped large
2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pesto
¼ cup fresh mint

Directions

In a large sauté pan heat the oil, chilies and lemon zest and sauté the garlic for a few minutes. Add the rock shrimp and cuttlefish pieces and sauté a few minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt and the pesto and stir. Cook for about 5-8 minutes and toss together with pasta and fresh mint.

Fresh Herb Pappardelle with Summer Beans, Tomatoes & Fresh Herbs

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

¼ cup each basil, parsley, mint, tarragon, marjoram, chopped
Plus an additional 1 tablespoon of each for the sprinkle
Olive oil
Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups fresh summer shelling beans, shelled and cooked until tender
1 small fennel bulb sliced thin
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (plus 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (plus 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped
½ cup dry white wine
2 cups tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Fresh Herb Pasta sheets cut into pappardelle
Salt/pepper
Pecorino cheese for garnish

Directions

Mix pecorino, lemon zest and ¼ fresh herbs together and set aside. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes, sauté for a few minutes. Add the shelled beans and cook for a few minutes. Add fresh herbs and fennel and sauté a few more minutes. Add tomatoes and cook another few minutes. Add wine; simmer 1 minute, scraping up any browned bits. Continue to cook until tomatoes soften, about 3-5 minutes, add lemon juice at the end and mix well. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Cook Fresh pappardelle in boiling water until desired consistency (about 3 minutes) and mix together with sauce and serve garnished with pecorino and fresh herbs.

Sweet Corn and Crab Cappellacci with Soppresatta, Red Peppers, Zucchini & Basil

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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4-6 Servings

Ingredients

For the filling

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ medium white or yellow onion, thinly sliced (about ¾ cup)
3 ears sweet yellow corn, kernels removed from their cobs
1 cup jumbo lump crab meat, pickled over very well for shells
¾ cup mascarpone
Zest of 1 lemon, freshly grated
Pinch of pimento d’espelette pepper
Salt

For the pasta dough

2 large eggs plus 6 yolks
14 ounces all-purpose or Italian OO flour
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Pinch salt

For the Sauce

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 zucchini, diced (green parts only)
Pinch espelette pepper
¾ cup spicy soppressata, cut into small cubes
2 red bell peppers, charred on a grill or gas burner, skins and seeds/ribs removed, and cut into strips
Reserved cooked corn kernels
1 cup fresh Italian basil leaves, gently torn
Zucchini blossoms, cut in half, stems and pistils removed

Directions

For the filling

In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook the onions in olive oil, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add all but a few tablespoons of the corn and continue cooking until it is tender, about 3 minutes. Season with salt.

In a food processor, purée the corn and onion mixture. Transfer to a large bowl and fold in the mascarpone, crab, lemon zest and espelette. Adjust seasoning. Place the mixture in a pining bag and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the pasta dough

Lightly beat the eggs and egg yolks in a large bowl. Add the extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.

Add in the flour little by little, mixing together with a fork until the dough is not too sticky to handle. The dough should still be a rough, shaggy mass.

Turn the dough out onto the work surface and knead by hand, adding more of the flour, as necessary until the dough is smooth, elastic and not sticky. Wrap in plastic or store in a Ziploc bag to rest for 20 minutes.

Cut the dough from the ball into pieces and flatten into disks. Work with one disk at a time and keep the rest covered with plastic or under a kitchen towel so they do not dry out. Run the disk through the rollers of the pasta machine, starting at the widest setting. Fold the dough in half or in thirds and press down to seal. If the dough feels sticky sprinkle it with flour, but brush off the excess. Feed the open side of the pasta through the rollers and repeat a few times. Continue to dust the dough with flour and brush it off if the dough feels tacky.

Advance the pasta machine to the next thinnest setting. Without folding anymore, put the pasta sheet through the next setting. Continue advancing the rollers to the next thinnest setting, rolling the pasta sheet one time through each setting without folding, until the dough is thin enough so that you can see your hand through it.

Place the sheet of pasta on a lightly floured work surface. Cut out circles of dough from the sheet using a fluted biscuit cutter or a juice glass, approximately 3 inches in diameter. Pipe a blob for the filling in the center of each circle and then fold over the dough to form a half-moon shape. Press the dough together to seal. Bring the ends of the half moons together and press to seal them. Place the finished cappelletti on a well-floured sheet tray covered with a clean towel until ready to cook. Repeat the process with all the disks of dough.

For the sauce

In a large wide skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the diced zucchini, season with salt and espelette, and cook over medium heat until just tender. Add the reserved corn kernels, diced soppressata and red peppers and warm through.

Cook the cappellacci in abundant boiling salted water until they float to the surface. Strain from the water and add to the pan with the soppressata and peppers. Add some of the pasta cooking water and toss together to make a creamy sauce. Gently tear the basil leaves and add to the skillet along with the zucchini blossoms. Adjust the seasoning. Spoon the pasta onto warmed bowls or plates.

Cavatelli with Seared Squid, Oven-Roasted Tomatoes, Baby Arugula and Black Olives

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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4-6 servings

Ingredients

For the Cavatelli

1 pound all-purpose flour, or Italian OO flour
1 pound whole-milk ricotta, drained/hung in cheesecloth overnight
4 ounces semolina
3 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
Water, just enough to make a firm dough

For the Sauce

10½ ounces baby arugula, long stem ends removed
8 ripe plum tomatoes, peeled and seeded
Zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange, peeled into strips (no pith)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 spring fresh thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
3½ ounces black olives, pitted and sliced

For the Calamari

1 pound calamari, fresh or frozen, tubes and tentacles cleaned and separated
2 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
Pinch pepperoncino
Zest of 1 lemon, freshly grated
1 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley, freshly chopped

Directions

For the cavatelli

Combine the flours in a large bowl. Add ricotta and the parmesan and mix by hand to combine.
Add the water a little at a time, just enough to form a stiff dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work table and knead by hand until smooth and elastic. Be careful not to add too much water, but the dough should not be tacky or sticky.Wrap the dough in plastic wrap for up to a few hours.

To shape the cavatelli: cut the dough into pieces, and then roll one piece into a rope about ½ inch in diameter. Keep the remaining pieces covered in plastic wrap until needed. Using a small knife or a bowl/bench scraper, cut the dough rope into pieces about ½ inch long.

Press the pieces with your index finger against the blade of a butter knife with a rounded tip, flattering each piece of dough until fairly thin. Pull the knife toward you, dragging the dough across the work surface so that it curls itself around the tip of the knife to form a shell shape. Place on a floured sheet tray until ready to use.

For the calamari

Cut the calamari into tubes about ½ inch thick.

In a medium sauté pan over a low flame, heat a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with the sliced garlic. Add a pinch of pepperoncino. When the garlic has softened and given off all of its aroma, turn off the heat and set aside.

Heat a large cast iron skillet or grill pan over high heat. Sear the calamari tubes and tentacles in just a little oil nicely colored on both sides. Remove to the smaller pan with the garlic. Toss with the freshly grated lemon zest and parsley. Adjust seasoning.

For the Sauce

Cut the peeled and seeded tomatoes into petals. Toss them in a bowl with salt and pepper, crushed garlic, strips of lemon and orange zest and fresh thyme sprigs. Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast them in a 325°F oven until they are soft, shrunken and slightly golden.
Clean the arugula well.

Boil the cavatelli in abundant salted water until just al dente.

In a large sauté pan over medium low flame, heat a few tablespoons of the olive oil with the roasted tomatoes and olives. Strain the pasta and toss into the sauce, adding the arugula and toss together until it is just wilted. Add a few drops of pasta water and olive oil to the pan to achieve a creamy consistency. Adjust the seasoning. Spoon into warm bowls and top with the seared calamari dividing the rings and tentacles evenly among the bowls.

Pesto Pasta Carbonara

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

A classic recipe herbalized, just the way summer basil likes it!

Ingredients

10 ounces orecchiette or small shell pasta or pasta of choice, cooked
¼ cup fresh pesto (using herbs and pesto of your choice)
2 eggs (room temperature)
½ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
6 slices thick cut bacon
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine

Directions

In a large pot of salted boiling water cook the pasta to al dente, drain and reserve ¼ cup of the pasta water. Whisk together the eggs and parmesan cheese and pesto, slowly whisk in the pasta liquid. In a large sauté pan on medium heat cook the bacon until crispy, drain the bacon on a paper towel and let it stand for a few minutes, break it into lots of pieces, set aside. Add the garlic and onions and sauté for a few minutes. Add the cooked pasta and stir until the pasta is well heated. Pour the egg mixture over the pasta and stir until the sauce is creamy and the eggs have cooked into a velvety sauce. Take off heat, be careful not to overcook the egg sauce! Stir in the bacon and garnish with additional grated cheese and a basil leaf!

Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

For chicken pesto meatballs

1 pound ground chicken
1 cups fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fien
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg

For the soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fien
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
6 cups chicken stock
2 carrots, chopped small
2 celery ribs, chopped small
1 fennel head, chopped small
Parmesan rind
1 cup Ditalini pasta, or other small-shaped pasta
3 cups baby spinach
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

Directions

For chicken pesto meatballs

In a large bowl, using your hands to combine ground chicken, basil, parsley, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes until mixed well. Add the egg, and gently bind together. Roll about a tablespoon of mixture at a time into 1-inch balls and set aside.

For the soup

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and red chili flakes, cook 1 minute more. Add chicken stock, carrots, celery, fennel, and parmesan rind. Increase heat and bring to a boil, drop in chicken meatballs, lower heat to a simmer and cook, 15 minutes. Add pasta and continue to cook until vegetables are tender, meatballs are cooked through, and pasta is cooked, about 7 minutes. Add spinach and cook, 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Pea & Mint Tortellini in Herbed Brodo

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For the spring pea and mint tortellini

Olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 cup fresh peas, steamed soft and mashed
2 teaspoons lemon zest ¼ cup grated pecorino
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Fresh pasta sheets

For the herbed brodo

1 (¼ pound) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano
6 cups chicken stock
4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 sprigs fresh parsley
2 sprigs fresh mint
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt

DIRECTIONS

For the spring pea and mint tortellini

Mix and mash all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until all ingredients are well incorporated and smooth. Using fresh pasta sheets cut into about 2 square inches, add 1 dollop of filling. Cover with another 2-inch pasta square. Using wet fingers, seal all sides of ravioli by pinching down, making sure the raviolis are sealed well.

For the herbed brodo

Combine rind, stock, garlic, parsley and mint (tied together with twine), and oil in a 3-quart pot, then simmer gently, partially covered, 30 minutes. Discard parsley and rind and season broth with salt.

Add tortellini and simmer, partially covered, until al dente, about 10 minutes. Divide among 6 soup plates, and then shave cheese over soup to taste.

Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens and Italian Herb Gremolata

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For chicken pesto meatballs

1 pound ground chicken
1 cup fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg

For the soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
6 cups chicken stock
2 carrots, chopped small
2 celery ribs, chopped small
1 fennel head, chopped small
Parmesan rind
3 cups baby spinach
1 cup Ditalini pasta, or other small-shaped pasta
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Italian Herb Gremolata, recipe follows

DIRECTIONS

For chicken pesto meatballs

In a large bowl, using your hands to combine ground chicken, basil, parsley, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes until mixed well. Add the egg, and gently bind together. Form into 1-inch balls. Roll about a tablespoon of the mixture into balls and set aside.

For the soup

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and red chili flakes, cook 1 minute more. Add chicken stock, carrots, celery fennel, and parmesan rind. Increase heat and bring to a boil, drop in chicken meatballs, lower heat to a simmer and cook, 15 minutes. Add pasta and continue to cook till vegetables are tender, meatballs are cooked through, and pasta is cooked, about 7 minutes. Add spinach and cook, 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper and serve drizzled with mixed herb gremolata.

Italian Herb Gremolata

Makes approximately ½ cup

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons lemon zest

Whole Wheat Linguini with Parsley Lemon Almond Pesto & Roasted Almonds

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

¼ pound whole-wheat linguini, cooked
2 cups fresh parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup almonds, raw
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
Salt
½ cup almonds, whole and roasted

DIRECTIONS

Cook the pasta as per pasta directions. In a blender place parsley, garlic, almonds, lemon zest, lemon juice and olive oil, and blend until smooth. Season with salt and toss with pasta. Garnish with toasted almonds.

Spring Pea & Mint Ravioli with Sweet Pea Flowers

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 shallot, minced
1 cup fresh English peas, steamed soft and mashed
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup ricotta cheese
¼ cup goat cheese
½ teaspoon lemon zest
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Herbed pasta dough

For the sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot
½ cup vegetable broth
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon mint, chopped
2 tablespoons butter

Sweet Pea Flowers, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Mix and mash all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until all ingredients are well incorporated and smooth. Using fresh herb pasta sheets cut into about 2 square inches, add 1 dollop of filling. Cover with another 2 inch pasta square. Using wet fingers, seal all sides of ravioli by pinching down, making sure the raviolis are sealed well.

Place raviolis in a large pot of salted boiling water. Boil for about 3 minutes, or until the raviolis float to the top of the pan. Strain, place a few raviolis in each serving dish.

For the sauce

In a sauté pan over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook shallot until soft, about 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth and lemon and reduce. Add lemon zest and mint. Finish with butter and serve over cooked raviolis and garnish with sweet pea flowers.

Nissa’s Lasagna

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one large lasagna

Ingredients

Olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 medium yellow, onions, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
2 medium green zucchini, chopped small
1 cup broccoli florets, cut super small
4 medium tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
1 cup tomato sauce
½ cup red wine
Salt/pepper
Lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh)
4 cups fresh spinach
1 ½ cups feta cheese, crumbled
1 ½ cups Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
2 cups fresh mozzarella

Directions

In a large soup pot, over medium high heat, add oil. Cook onions and garlic until soft and translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add carrots and cook for a few more minutes. Add the zucchini, broccoli and tomatoes and reduce heat to a medium simmer. Add the fresh herbs (making sure to reserve some for the end). Add the tomato sauce and red wine, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool a bit before assembling lasagna.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large casserole dish, place a layer of lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh) down first, then spread a little sauce over the noodle. Add a layer of fresh spinach and then a layer of sauce, followed by a little bit of each cheese. Repeat the layers until the dish is filled. The top layer should end in a noodle covered with sauce and cheese, mostly the pecorino in order to make it nice and crusty.

Place lasagna in the oven and bake for about 45-60 minutes or until the top is crusty brown. Allow the lasagna to sit and rest about 20 minutes before serving.

Half-the-Pasta Lasagna

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1 small Italian eggplant
½ package of lasagna noodles (whole wheat if available)
1 egg
1 cup skim ricotta
1 cup kalamata olives, chopped
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves chopped
Salt & pepper
6 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
¼ cup parmesan cheese
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven at 375ËšF. Slice eggplant lengthwise and brush with olive oil, salt & pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles for 4-5 minutes. Noodles should be undercooked. Drain and rinse with cold water to shock.

In a medium sized bowl, beat egg and add in ricotta, kalamata olives, garlic, chopped basil, parsley and thyme. Season with salt and pepper and combine.

Take a loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Layer lasagna as follows: A spoonful of sauce followed by one layer of noodles, ricotta mixture, eggplant slices, mozzarella slices, and a spoonful of tomato
Repeat until finished and top with parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.

Cover loaf pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Take out of oven, remove foil and continue to bake for 5-10 or until browned on top.

Remove from pan by lifting parchment. Slice into 4 equal slices and serve over a spoonful of sauce.

Tip: Use sauce sparingly, otherwise lasagna can become watery.

Recipe courtesy of Robin Simpson

Ger-Nis Fresh Pasta Dough

March 30th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 pound of pasta

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

To make dough in a processor

Blend flour, eggs, and salt in a food processor until mixture just begins to form a ball (dough should be firm, but not sticky). Process dough for 15 seconds more to knead it. Transfer to a floured surface and let stand, covered for about 30 minutes for the dough to relax.

To make dough by hand

Mound flour on a work surface, preferably wooden, and make a well in center. Add egg and salt. With a fork, gently beat eggs until combined. Gradually stir in enough flour to form a paste, pulling in flour closest to egg mixture and being careful not to make an opening in outer wall of well.

Knead remaining flour into mixture with your hands to form dough (dough should be firm, but not sticky). Knead dough until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.

Rolling pasta

Divide dough into 8 pieces, then flatten each piece into a rough rectangle and over rectangles with an inverted large bowl. Set rollers of pasta machine on widest setting. Follow directions on pasta maker to roll and cut the desired pasta.

Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Porcini Cream Sauce

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For ravioli

¼ cup dried porcini mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small shallot, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 cups mixed mushrooms, chopped fine
Salt and pepper
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
½ cup fresh ricotta cheese
¼ cup grated Pecorino cheese
2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)
Fresh pasta sheets

For sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small shallot
½ cup white wine
¾ cups reserved porcini liquid
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup grated Pecorino cheese, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

For ravioli

In a small bowl, place dried porcini mushrooms and pour hot water just to cover, about ¾ cups. Let sit for 20 minutes and then strain mushrooms, reserving liquid. Chop mushrooms into small pieces and set aside.

In a large sauté pan over medium high heat, add olive oil. Add shallots and cook, stirring constantly until translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Next, add mushrooms (including chopped and reserved porcinis) and sauté until beginning to turn brown and caramelize. Season with salt and pepper and then add lemon zest and juice. Take off heat and add herbs, ricotta and pecorino cheeses and heavy cream (if using). Cool and then use to fill raviolis.

Place large pasta sheet on cutting board with the long side parallel to the edge of work surface. Place 8 heaping teaspoons of mushroom filling along the top third of the sheet about 2 inches apart. Moisten pasta around each mound of filling, using a pastry brush or your fingers dipped in water. Fold the dough up and over the filling to enclose; press around filling to seal. Cut between mounds with a plain pastry wheel, cookie cutter or knife. Transfer to floured baking sheet. Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Chill until ready to cook.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add about 6 ravioli per serving, and cook until tender but al dente, about 2 minutes. When ravioli are done, use a slotted spoon to remove from boiling water. Drain well, and keep warm while making sauce.

For sauce

In same sauté pan that you cooked the mushrooms in, over medium heat, add oil. Add shallots and cook, stirring constantly until translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add white wine to deglaze the pan, scrapping up any mushroom bits. Reduce until almost all is evaporated. Next, add porcini liquid and again, reduce by ¼. Add heavy cream and cook, 3 to 4 minutes until thick and creamy. Add fresh thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper. Pour over wild mushroom raviolis and garnish with Pecorino cheese and serve.

Fresh Pasta Dough

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 pound of pasta

INGREDIENTS

3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

To make dough in a processor:
Blend flour, egg, and salt in a food processor until mixture just begins to form a ball (dough should be firm and not sticky). Process dough for 15 seconds more to knead it. Transfer to a floured surface and let stand, covered for about 30 minutes for the dough to relax.

To make dough by hand:
Mound flour on a work surface, preferably wooden, and make a well in center. Add egg and salt.
With a fork, gently beat eggs and water until combined. Gradually stir in enough flour to form a paste, pulling in flour closest to egg mixture and being careful not to make an opening in outer wall of well.
Knead remaining flour into mixture with your hands to form dough, adding more water drop by drop if dough is too dry (dough should be firm and not sticky). Knead dough until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.

Roll pasta:
Divide dough into 8 pieces, then flatten each piece into a rough rectangle and over rectangles with an inverted large bowl. Set rollers of pasta machine on widest setting. Follow directions on pasta maker to roll and cut the desired pasta.

Seafood Spaghetti with Herbed Lemon Cream Sauce

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, plus 1 additional tablespoon of butter
5 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 shallots, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon chili flakes
3 squid bodies (calamari) cleaned and sliced into thin rings
½ pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
½ pound baby scallops
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine, stems removed
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh basil or red basil, chopped fine
½ cup white wine
½ cup lemon juice
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 cup heavy cream
Salt/pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a large heavy bottom skillet, heat olive oil and butter on a medium high heat. Add the garlic, shallots, lemon zest and chili flakes. Sauté for a few minutes until garlic and shallots just start to brown. Add the calamari, shrimp and scallops. Season with salt. Sauté a few minutes until just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and sauté about 1 minute. Add the wine and lemon juice next and turn to medium low. Allow liquid to reduce by about half. Add the cherry tomatoes and allow to cook about two minutes or until the tomatoes are just soft. Add the heavy cream, turn burner to low and season with salt and pepper.

Cook pasta according to pasta directions. Mix the spaghetti and the sauce and serve!

Shrimp Scampi Masala

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6 to 8

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 pounds large or extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined
12 scallions (white and light green parts only), thinly sliced
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
½ teaspoon ground peppercorns
8 ounces capellini or angel hair pasta or thickly sliced rustic Italian bread (grilled, toasted, or broiled if you like), for serving
¼ cup ghee or clarified butter
3 dried red chiles
12 garlic cloves (about 1 head), peeled and finely minced

DIRECTIONS

Place the lemon juice and salt in a gallon-sized resealable plastic bag. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes and then add the scallions, cilantro, and ground peppercorns and set aside.

If serving the shrimp with pasta, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, cook until al dente, drain, and set aside.

while the pasta boils, cook the shrimp. Heat the ghee of clarified butter with the chiles in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat until the chiles start to sizzle, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and cook until curled and opaque, 2 to 4 minutes, stirring often so the garlic doesn’t stick to the bottom of the skillet. Toss the shrimp with pasta or divide among bowls if serving with bread, taste for seasoning, and serve.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound pasta dough, cooked
1 small butternut squash
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon sage, chopped fine
½ yellow onion, cut in half
Kosher salt
Pepper

For brown butter sage sauce

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced
6 sage leaves, sliced
3 ounces goat cheese

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

For raviolis

To prepare squash, peel and cut in half at the bulbous part. Cut top part in cubes and cut bottom part in half, remove seeds and then slice. In a bowl, combine squash, olive oil, garlic, sage and onion. Season with salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Roast in oven until tender. Let cool for a few minutes. Reserve sliced squash (for plating), but puree everything else in a blender or food processor until smooth for your ravioli filling.

Using fresh pasta sheets cut into about 2 square inches, add 1 teaspoon of filling. Cover with another 2 inch pasta square. And using wet fingers, seal all sides of ravioli by pinching down. Place raviolis in a large pot of salted boiling water. Boil for about 3 minutes, or until floating. Strain and set aside.

For brown butter

In the meantime, heat a thick-bottomed skillet on medium heat, whisking frequently. Continue to cook the butter until melted. At this point, add the sage leaves. Once melted, the butter will foam up a bit, then subside. Watch carefully as lightly browned specks begin to form at the bottom of the pan. Smell the butter; it should have a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and place on a cool surface to help stop the butter from cooking further and perhaps burning.
To plate, lay reserved roasted and sliced butternut squash on plate and then a few raviolis topped with brown butter sage sauce and ½ ounce of crumbled goat cheese. Serve immediately.

© Recipe Property of Rafi Hasid

Whole Wheat Rigatoni and Vegetables in a Ginger, Soy and Honey Sauce

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound whole wheat pasta dough, cooked

For sauce

Olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2″ piece of ginger, peeled and julienned
1 red pepper, cored and chopped
1 bunch collard greens, leaves and stems (reserved), chopped
½ pound brown mushrooms, sliced
1½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
Kosher salt
Pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add olive oil. Sauté onions and cook until translucent, 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes more. Add red pepper, collard green stems, brown mushrooms and cook, 7 minutes until tender. Add balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and honey and season with salt and pepper. Add collard green leaves and cooked pasta and warm through. Serve immediately.

© Recipe Property of Rafi Hasid

Seafood Fusilli and Creamy Lobster Sauce with Shaved Fennel and Lemon Salad

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound pasta dough, cooked

For lobster sauce

2 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 cup white wine
2 lobster bodies, cut in half vertically (Your fishmonger should be able to provide you with lobster bodies at no charge)
2 cups heavy cream
6 to 8 threads saffron
Kosher salt
Pepper

For salad

1 bulb fennel
Juice of 2 lemons
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

For seafood sauté

Olive oil, for sautéing
3 squid bodies (calamari), cleaned and sliced in 1″ circles
½ pound (26-30 count) shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
3 tablespoons fresh chives, sliced fine

DIRECTIONS

For lobster sauce

In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add butter. Cook onions and garlic until translucent, making sure to not get any color. Add white wine and reduce until almost evaporated. Add lobster bodies, cream, and saffron. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and set aside.

For salad

To prepare the fennel, cut off the top stalks and discard. Next, trim the root end and then quarter lengthwise. Remove the core and thinly slice the fennel on a mandolin or with a sharp knife crosswise. Place fennel in a large bowl and set aside. Add lemon juice, salt and extra virgin olive oil and mix. Set aside.

For completed dish

In a large sauté pan, add olive oil over medium high heat. Add shrimp and cook, 1 minute. Add calamari and sauté 1 minute more. Add lobster sauce and warm through, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour sauce over pasta and garnish with fennel salad and chives. Serve immediately.

© Recipe Property of Rafi Hasid

Whole Wheat Pasta Dough

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ cups whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
4 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons olive oil

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sized bowl or on a clean countertop, combine flours and salt. Make a well in the flour, add the slightly beaten eggs, and mix. Then add olive oil. Mixture should form a stiff dough.

On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3 to 4 minutes. With a pasta machine or by hand roll dough our to desired thinness. Use machine to make desired pasta shape.

© Recipe Property of Rafi Hasid

Pasta Dough

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds flour
½ teaspoon salt
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup warm water

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sized bowl or on a clean countertop, combine flour and salt. Make a well in the flour, add the slightly beaten eggs, and mix. Then add warm water. Mixture should form a stiff dough.

On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3 to 4 minutes. With a pasta machine or by hand roll dough out to desired thinness. Use machine to make desired pasta shape.

© Recipe Property of Rafi Hasid

Fresh Herb Pasta

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup (total) chopped fine, basil, parsley, tarragon, mint, marjoram, chives
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

To make dough in a processor:

Blend flour, egg, and salt in a food processor until mixture just begins to form a ball (dough should be firm and not sticky). Process dough for 15 seconds more to knead it. Transfer to a floured surface and let stand, covered for about 30 minutes for the dough to relax.

To make dough by hand:

Mound flour on a work surface, preferably wooden, and make a well in center. Add egg and salt. With a fork, gently beat eggs and water until combined. Gradually stir in enough flour to form a paste, pulling in flour closest to egg mixture and being careful not to make an opening in outer wall of well. Knead remaining flour into mixture with your hands to form dough, adding more water drop by drop if dough is too dry (dough should be firm and not sticky). Knead dough until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.

Roll pasta:

Divide dough into 8 pieces, then flatten each piece into a rough rectangle and cover rectangles with an inverted large bowl. Set rollers of pasta machine on widest setting. Follow directions on pasta maker to roll and cut the desired pasta.

Butternut Squash Cannelloni

November 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
6 fresh sage leaves, chopped fine
½ cup hazelnuts, toasted
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups butternut squash, prebaked to soften
½ cup parmesan cheese (more for topping)
12 premade pasta sheets

INGREDIENTS FOR SAGE BROWN BUTTER SAUCE WITH CHOPPED HAZELNUTS

½ cup butter
¼ cup sage leaves, chopped
¼ cup toasted hazelnuts

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Use 1 tablespoon of butter to grease the casserole dish and set aside. In a medium size sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil and cook onion until tanslucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat.
In a medium-size bowl, add onions and garlic and rest of ingredients up until pasta sheets. On a cutting board, place a pasta sheet and spoon a line of filling down the middle, roll and place seam side down in casserole. Continue until finished with all sheets.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter and cook until brown and butter solids have sank to the bottom. Add sage leaves and hazelnuts and remove from heat. Pour sauce over cannelloni and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until warm. Serve immediately.

Butternut Squash Cannelloni

Penne Pasta with Hazelnuts and Dried Cherries in a Brandy Cream Sauce

October 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 box (or 1-pound) Penne pasta
2 tablespoons butter
2 shallots, chopped fine
½ cup dried cherries
½ cup hazelnuts, roasted and chopped
¼ cup Brandy
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup whipping cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves

PREPARATION

In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium heat, add shallots and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add cherries, hazelnuts and Brandy and reduce liquid by half. Next, add chicken stock, and reduce by a third and finish with whipping cream. Add pasta, season to taste with salt and pepper and nux well. Sprinkle with thyme leaves and serve immediately.

Heirloom Tomato and Pesto Pasta Salad

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1lb Pasta, cooked
2 gloves Garlic, minced
4 medium Zucchini, chopped
1½ lbs. Heirloom tomatoes, chopped
2 cups fresh Basil leaves
Juice of one large Lemon
½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, sauté garlic, add zucchini and season with salt, cook, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes, warm through and combine with cooked pasta. Meanwhile, in a blender, add basil, lemon juice and olive oil and puree, taste for salt. Drizzle pasta salad with basil sauce.

Heirloom Tomato and Pesto Pasta Salad

Orzo Marjoram Pasta Salad

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups cooked orzo pasta
½ cup chopped calamata olives
½ cup chopped green onions
½ cup chopped fresh marjoram
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper
½ cup crumbled feta cheese

PREPARATION

Mix together all ingredients except cheese and let stand for at least 30 minutes.
Just before serving, add cheese and mix gently.

Orzo Marjoram Pasta Salad

Pasta with Pesto alla Siciliana

August 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Unlike traditional Pesto Genovese that uses green garlic and basil, Sicily chooses tomatoes instead.
Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons pine nuts
3 cloves garlic
6 Roma tomatoes, blanched, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
Olive oil
Salt
Fresh grated pepper
1 lb spaghetti, cooked and drained

PREPARATION

Grind the pine nuts and garlic in a mortar with the tomatoes, add herbs, and continue grinding until you have a smooth paste. Add enough olive oil into the mixture to transform it into a smooth sauce, season with salt and pepper and serve over spaghetti.

Fontina Chicken and Herb Mac & Cheese

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound fusilli pasta
½ cup butter
¼ cup unbleached white flour
1 cup low fat milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup sharp fontina cheese, grated
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped
½ cup fresh green onions, sliced thin
1½ cups chicken, shredded (buy a pre-roasted chicken from your grocer)

PREPARATION

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Cook until al dente.   In a heavy bottom saucepan, melt butter, add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the milk and turn the burner to simmer, continuing to whisk. The mixture will begin to thicken. Add all the cheese and continue to whisk, melting all the cheese, about 6-8 minutes. Add the salt, pepper and cayenne. Stir well and take off heat. Add the herbs, chicken and green onions, stir well. Add the pasta to the melted cheese and herb mixture.

Cilantro Chipotle Mac & Cheese

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 pound medium conchiglie macaroni (conch shaped)
¼ cup butter
¼ cup unbleached white flour
2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups pepper jack cheese, grated
¾ cup fresh cilantro chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 jalapeño chili, deseeded and chopped fine

PREPARATION

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Cook until al dente. In a heavy bottom saucepan, melt butter, add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the milk and turn the burner to simmer, continuing to whisk. The mixture will begin to thicken. Add all the cheese and continue to whisk, melting all the cheese, about 6-8 minutes. Add the salt, stir well and take off heat. Add the tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeño and stir well. Add the pasta to the melted cheese and fresh herbs and mix well. Serve slices of chipotle flank steak over the macaroni.

Blue Cheese and Chive Mac & Cheese

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound capunti or cavatelli pasta
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup unbleached white flour
2 cups low fat milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup blue cheese, crumbled
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

PREPARATION

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Cook until al dente. In a heavy bottom saucepan, melt butter, add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the milk and the heavy cream and turn the burner to simmer, continuing to whisk. The mixture will begin to thicken. Add the cheese and continue to whisk, melting the cheese, about 3-4 minutes. Add the salt and pepper stir well and take off heat. Add the pasta to the melted cheese and fresh herbs and mix well. Pour the mac & cheese into a greased glass baking dish, place in preheated 375° oven and bake for about 20-30 minutes or until bubbly and lightly golden brown on top.

Marjoram Tomato Mac & Cheese

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 pound medium shell macaroni
¼ cup butter
¼ cup unbleached white flour
2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons white pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups mild cheddar cheese, grated
¾ cup fresh marjoram, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Cook until al dente. In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium high heat, melt butter and then add flour, stirring constantly for 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk, then decrease heat to medium to bring to a simmer, continuing to whisk. The mixture will begin to thicken. Then, add cheese and continue to whisk until melted, about 6-8 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir well and take off heat. Add the tomatoes and marjoram, stir well. Add the pasta to the melted cheese and the fresh herbs and mix well. Serve.

Winter Herb Gourmet Mac & Cheese

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound elbow macaroni or penne pasta
½ cup butter
¼ cup unbleached white flour
2½ cups whole milk
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup gruyere cheese, grated
1cup extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup brie cheese, cubed
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

PREPARATION

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Cook until al dente. In a heavy bottom saucepan, melt butter, add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the milk and turn the burner to simmer, continuing to whisk. The mixture will begin to thicken. Add all the cheese and continue to whisk, melting all the cheese, about 4-5 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne. Stir well and take off heat. Add the pasta to the melted cheese and the fresh herbs and mix well. Pour the mac & cheese into a greased glass baking dish and place in preheated 375° oven. Bake for about 30 minutes or until bubbly and lightly golden brown on top.

Spring Cilantro Carrot Sesame Noodles

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

Dressing
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
Juice and zest of 1 lime
Juice and zest of 3 tangerines or 2 oranges
½ cup cilantro leaves, plus an additional 2 tablespoons for the salad
¼ cup mint leaves
1 pinch red chili flakes
1 small Thai chili deseeded
½ cup rice wine vinegar
½ cup tamari sauce
¼ cup peanut butter
¼ cup sesame oil

Salad
½ pound ( 8 ounces soba noodles) cooked as per instructions on package
½ cup snap peas
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped fine
½ cup shitake mushrooms, cut in half
¾ cup carrots, diced finely
½ cup green onions sliced thin
1 cup baby bok choy sliced length wise into long strips
Cilantro leaves (reserved from above)

PREPARATION

Dressing:
In a blender, place all dressing ingredients and blend well until smooth but still some texture, your preference.

Salad:
In a large bowl mix all vegetables and cilantro together well, add the soba noodles and toss until well mixed. Then slowly pour dressing over the noodles and vegetables, a little at a time, tossing gently in between until all dressing is poured and the noodles are well dressed.

Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Fresh Spring Market Vegetables in a Lemony Herb Broth

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Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 package fresh wild mushroom ravioli, about 15-20 small-medium raviolis
Olive oil
2 sprigs fresh spring garlic, chopped fine
2 ramps, chopped ¼ cup spring red onions sliced round
Zest of 2 lemons
¼ cup parsley, chopped
¼ cup tarragon, chopped
¼ cup chives, chopped
Salt/pepper
¼ cup carrots, chopped fine
½ cup asparagus tips
½ cup fresh peas, shelled
Juice of 2 lemons
¼ cup dry white wine
1 ½ cups mushroom broth
½ cup asiago cheese shaved (for garnish)

PREPARATION

Before you start the vegetables, make sure you have a large pan of salted water boiling for the ravioli that will only take a few minutes. In a medium saucepan heat olive oil and add, garlic, red onions and ramps, sauté for a few minutes until onions are almost translucent but not quite. (The dish is better if the items are a bit fresher or less cooked through) Add lemon zest and fresh herbs and salt and pepper, sauté for not longer than a minute or two. Next add asparagus, carrots and peas and sauté another 2 minutes. Add the juice and the white wine and stir well, loosening any flavors sticking to the pan. Add the mushroom broth and bring to a boil then turn on low covered for 5 minutes and then turn off. In the meantime drop your raviolis in the boiling water in the other large pot and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until raviolis float to the top of the water, take out. Place a few raviolis in each bowl, pour equal amounts of vegetables and juice over them and garnish with the shaved asiago. A few sprinkled chopped chives on top are nice as well.

Spinach Herb Ricotta Cannelloni with Fresh Tomatoes and Lemon

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Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 cups spinach, steamed and drained
¼ cup fresh basil chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
2 tablespoons marjoram chopped
2 tablespoons oregano chopped
½ cup red bell peppers chopped fine
½ cup red spring onions chopped
½ cup carrots chopped fine
3 cloves garlic chopped fine
½ cup fresh ricotta cheese
Salt/pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
Fresh Herb Pasta Recipe (follow directions for the pasta maker and make 8 4X5 sheets of pasta
Olive oil for greasing the pan
5 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
Zest and juice of 2 lemons

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 300 Degrees for 15 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine, spinach, herbs, bell peppers, onions, carrots garlic and ricotta, mix well with a fork until all ingredients are blended. Season with chili flakes, salt and pepper. Place a few spoon full’s of the cheese herb mixture in a sheet of pasta and roll up and place in a greased glass baking dish. Do this 7 more times and place in the glass dish. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until pasta is golden brown. Mix the tomatoes and lemon zest and juice together and pour over cannelloni and bake for approx 3-5 more minutes.

Fava Bean and Fennel Orzo with Lemon Dill Pesto & Feta

November 9th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

Juice and zest of 2 lemons
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup fresh dill, chopped fine
1 cup fava beans, shelled, and skins removed
1 cup fennel, sliced paper-thin
Salt/pepper
1 cup orzo pasta cooked
¼ cup fresh goat feta, crumbled

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together zest and juice of lemons, olive oil and fresh dill, add fennel and fava beans. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in cooked orzo pasta and then mix in crumbled feta cheese. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before eating.

Fresh Herb Pasta with Morels and Rocolla

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Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

Fresh Herb Pasta Recipe(follow pasta maker instructions for linguini)
Olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
3 cloves garlic, chopped
9-12 morel mushrooms
1 cup fresh peas, shelled
Juice and zest of one lemon
¼ cup dry white wine
Salt/pepper
2 cups baby rocolla
Parmesan cheese

PREPARATION

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta for approx 10 minutes, or until desired consistency. In a medium sauté pan heat olive oil and butter on medium high heat and sauté garlic for about 1-2 minutes, morel mushrooms and sauté another 2-3 minutes, add peas lemon zest white wine and lemon juice , and cook for another 4 minutes on medium low heat. To serve place a handful of rocolla leaves on a plate, add pasts and drizzles with mushroom pea mixture, serve wish shaved parmesan wedges.

Fresh Herb Pappardelle with Peas, Fennel, Tomatoes and Sausage With Pecorino Herb Sprinkle

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Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup fresh grated pecorino romano
zest of 2 lemons (juice reserved)
1/4 cup each basil, parsley, mint, tarragon, marjoram, chopped
Plus an additional 1 tablespoon of each for the sprinkle
extra-virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
pinch of dried crushed red pepper
1 pound Italian sausages, casings removed
1 fennel bulb cleaned and trimmed and sliced fine
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 cup shelled fresh peas
fresh herb pasta sheets cut into pappardelle
salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix pecorino, lemon zest and 1/4 fresh herbs together and set aside. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes, sauté for a few minutes. Add sausages; and break apart until crumbly. Sauté until brown, about 3-4minutes. Addfresh herbs and fennel and sauté a few more minutes. Add tomatoes and sauté another few minutes. Add wine; simmer 1 minute, scraping up browned bits. Add peas. Sauté until tomatoes soften, about 5 minutes, add lemon juice at the end and mix well. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Cook Fresh pappardelle in boiling water until desired consistency (about 3- 5 minutes) and serve with sauce over the top and sprinkle the cheese mixture on top.

Fresh Herb Pasta

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INGREDIENTS

3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup (total) chopped fine, basil, parsley, tarragon, mint, marjoram, chives
1 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 tablespoons water

PREPARATION

To make dough in a processor:
Blend flour, eggs, herbs and salt, and 2 tablespoons water in a food processor until mixture just begins to form a ball, adding more water, drop by drop, if dough is too dry (dough should be firm and not sticky). Process dough for 15 seconds more to knead it. Transfer to a floured surface and let stand, covered for about 30 minutes for the dough to relax.

To make dough by hand:
Mound flour on a work surface, preferably wooden, and make a well in center. Add eggs, herbs salt, and 2 tablespoons water to well. With a fork, gently beat eggs and water until combined. Gradually stir in enough flour to form a paste, pulling in flour closest to egg mixture and being careful not to make an opening in outer wall of well. Knead remaining flour into mixture with your hands to form dough, adding more water drop by drop if dough is too dry (dough should be firm and not sticky). Knead dough until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.

Roll pasta:
Divide dough into 8 pieces, then flatten each piece into a rough rectangle and cover rectangles with an inverted large bowl. Set rollers of pasta machine on widest setting. Follow directions on pasta maker to roll and cut the desired pasta.

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