Homemade Pasta with Inna's Creamy Sauce (VIDEO)
Updated: Jan 11
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As I write this blog, I'm thinking about this past year and how it has been a year of joy and happiness as but also there has been much stress due to the war in Ukraine. This past year has brought a lot to my life. And now a new year is approaching with me being a BLOGGER, MOM and WIFE!
As this new year approaches, I am hearing about new year resolutions, and especially those regarding new healthier eating habits, new diets, etc.
But what if I tell you about a new diet on the market that is NOT A DIET!
RESOLUTION BUT A RESOLUTION FOR A DIET FOR A LIFESTYLE CHANGE!
It is a resolution of spending more time with your family and friends outside of media interaction. It involves you making more memories together, gathering around food together, and making meals together a priority! In my opinion all diets have their own Pros and Cons but in this type of diet, I only see pros! It is a win win!
Spending more time in the kitchen is the key to a healthy family! WHAT? DID I JUST SAY SPEND MORE TIME COOKING? YES, the more time you spend in the kitchen, the more thought you put into the ingredients that you are choosing to go into your body.
I often hear from moms who are trying to get their child to lose weight and a recommendation that was given to them was to distract their children from the sight of food. This technique is totally wrong and never works. This is like keeping a drug addict adult from their drug store. Really?
Instead, I recommend that you do the opposite and cook more processed free food, the food that does not make you addicted to it and that nourishes you but won't cause you to overeat.
Yes, it's takes time to cook, but modern food (processed food) is a recipe for chronic diseases, and it is catastrophic for our new generation. Modern food has taken away the basic cooking skills that everyone should possess.
Yes, cooking is no different from knowing how to properly brush your teeth, because it is something every child and adult must know. It's scary when I see adults who are absolutely in fear of cooking from scratch. There is no reason to be fearful. Making your own food, understanding where it comes and how it's created, is important.
Sometimes we can all use a little inspiration on how to not slip from our healthy journey. Reading books about health and what processed food does to our bodies can inspire us to continue to strive for a cleaner lifestyle.
Here are my favorite books that I read this past year:
Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine
The Immunity Code: The New Paradigm for Immune Centric Health and Radical Anti-Aging.
Now let's get back to making pasta.Many of you may think pasta is bad for you! Don't rush so fast, the latest studies show it's not true. Read for yourself about it here:
What matters in creating a high-quality healthy pasta meal
The quality of the pasta!
The portion size of your pasta meal!
How it's cooked: Overly cooked pasta creates carbs that impact your blood sugar much faster!
How many veggies (fiber) you consume with a pasta meal!
How much protein and fat included in a pasta meal matters too!
Eating acidic food with pasta such as salad with vinegar-based dressing is going to help lower the GI.
I haven’t met anyone who wouldn’t like pasta and making homemade pasta is almost better than eating it! There’s nothing as delicious as fresh pasta and making it yourself completely from scratch takes it to the next level. Can be a fun night to spend with your whole family in the kitchen.
Let's do it... Today the style of pasta I am making is reginette, but you can make any type or style of pasta with this recipe! By the way, the sauce that I am making to accompany today's homemade reginette pasta is creamy and so delicious. It is my husband's favorite!
NOTES ON FRESH PASTA:
Here is two ways to enjoy fresh pasta:
Make it and let it dry for 20 minutes then cook right away. Always cook your pasta Al Dente, which equates to 1 or 1 and half minutes.
After making and if you aren't ready to use it, then wrap the pasta and store in the fridge for up to 1-3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Also, you can refrigerate fresh pasta dough for up to 1 day or freeze for up to 1 month.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Making time: 20 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Author: Inna of innichkachef.com
Serves: 4 portions
Ingredients for the pasta
375 grams of all-purpose flour
125 grams semolina flour
240 grams eggs (about 4-5 eggs)
20 grams extra virgin olive oil
Ingredients for the sauce
1-pint heavy cream
1/4 cup Worcester sauce
2 teaspoons dried oregano
One pinch red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon chopped Chives or parsley for garnish (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper and salt for serving (optional)
Olive oil to drizzle pasta bowl as a finishing touch up (optional)
Pulse flours together in a food processor bowl for a second. No need for a special blade in this step.
Add eggs and olive oil and pulse until the dough starts to come together. Then process until the dough forms a ball and breaks apart a total of 3 times (about 1 minute). This will both make and knead the dough. Remove the dough and place in a zip lock bag and shape into a smooth disk; let stand at room temperature or refrigerator for 30-60 minutes before rolling and cutting.
To make the sauce, take a saucepan and put on medium heat. Add cream along with the rest of the ingredients. Gently bring it to a boil as you stir once in a while. As soon as the sauce starts boiling, turn off the heat and you are done. The sauce is ready for the pasta. Pasta Sauce Tip: It is always a good idea to reserve the starchy water from the boiling pasta, just in case if you need to thin out the pasta sauce.
Now, take the dough and divide it into 4 pieces, work with one piece at a time and keep the rest covered. Keeping the other pieces covered provides moisture to the dough and prevents it from drying out! Roll the dough using a pasta machine or by hand. Place on the drying rack for 20 minutes or longer.
Boil water in a big pot, add salt and cook the pasta for 1 or 1 and half minutes. Use kitchen tongs to fish out the pasta and drop immediately into the saucepan containing the pasta sauce.
Serve pasta as it is or garnish with a little bit of chopped chives.
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