Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Spinach Pasta

I called my sister and said, "Do you think it's cool that I made spinach pasta today?"
She said,"Umm, it's not exactly cool. It's sort of interesting but not, like, cool."
So these things aren't the "coolest" in the world but they are interesting and they helped me not go into severe depression and kept my toddler busy (see above picture). Plus they are super easy.

* 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach or two big handfuls of fresh spinach (I had a lot because I thought I was going to go all healthy and have green smoothies)
* 2 eggs
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups all-purpose flour or wheat flour.

In a blender or food processor (I used my Vita-mix), combine spinach, eggs and salt; process until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Gradually add enough flour to make a firm, but not sticky, dough (I made the mistake of dumping both cups of flour in there right away. Don't do that. I had to add water. It still worked fine but, not smart). On a floured surface, knead about 20 times. Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest 30 minutes (I let mine rest for about an hour because I had to draw pictures of Wall-E). Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, roll each half to 1/.16-in. thickness. Roll up jelly-roll style and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Separate the slices and let rest on a clean towel for at least 1 hour (or 5 hours if you are me) Cook noodles in boiling salted water until tender, about 15-20 minutes; drain.

I boiled half of them for dinner and froze the other half. For the sauce I mixed some butter with Parmesan cheese and then some milk. I just poured/gooped it on the hot noodles and stirred a bit. It was yum. The End.


Jeni said...

Ok, I think it is way cool that you made homemade spinach noodles. And that you can draw Wall-E for your kid. I was imaging what our drawings would look like side by side. Mine: My version of Impressionistic. Yours: Realism. Your kids are lucky you can draw.

Sara Z. said...

I think making spinach pasta is the epitome of cool.

Panooch said...

I agree that it is the epitome of cool.

Tolly and Lennon said...

I'm impressed. And maybe inspired to try this.

Ann Dee said...

I will admit that while I was making them (the noodles) I was thinking, "This is so cool. Look at me. I'm so cool." Probably because I have never done anything like that before and it wasn't that hard and it felt like I was being gourmet or something. Then I called Katy bursting with excitement and she put me in my place. that's what sisters are for.

I think I'm going to do a cooking for one episode and teach her how cool they really are.

Megan said...

Dee, That's coming from a sister that thinks being organized is cool.
Let me tell you, making Spinach Pasta is really cool

ktb said...

I told Ann Dee that it wasn't exactly cool so she would blog about it and all of you people would tell her it is cool and "build her up."

Oh and Megan - being organized is cool. You should try it!