Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sourdough Surprises: Rustic Fettucini

When I accidentally came across Sourdough Surprises looking for recipes, I was intrigued by the sourdough pasta that started it all. Intrigued enough, in fact, I found myself actually looking at a pasta maker that happened to be on the clearance table, and wondering if I'd make sourdough pasta often enough to justify spending $50 on it.

Of course, for its first anniversary, the girls of Sourdough Surprises have chosen to make sourdough pasta again. Of course, I also didn't buy that pasta maker. So my choices were either sit out this month, or hand roll it. Because I love a challenge, I decided to hand roll it.

There's not a lot in the way of pasta recipes – fortunately, the basic recipe doesn't vary much, so I went ahead and used the suggested recipe – although now that we are finally getting hot and humid weather, I did have to add another quarter cup of flour. I also used the dough hooks on my hand mixer, lacking a stand mixer. I rolled them out and used a pizza roller to cut into fettucini:


Trying to highlight the pasta, and having just made spaghetti with marinara last week, I chose another tried and true (though admittedly, highly processed) sauce: Philadelphia Creamy Pesto Cooking Cream. Some cubed chicken, a tomato, and a green pepper...


Yum. And I mean that, and not just my beloved cooking cream. I was having a hard time not eating multiple noodles to “test” them – no butter, no sauce, just plain noodles. They remind me of the noodles in a good bowl of chicken noodle soup crossed with the dough part of a perogi.

Was it worth the effort? While I enjoyed it, I'm not sure I can make a regular habit of it. But for a special occasion (we do have lasagna as our “traditional” Christmas dinner), I probably will make it again.

Or maybe I'll just end up buying that pasta maker.

Check out our other delicious pastas!



12 comments:

  1. Rolling pasta by hand can be a bit of a pain, but it's a good arm workout! ;) Those big plump noodles look wonderful.

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    1. LOL, I'm very glad I did it on a non-workout day or I never would have gotten it done! Thanks :-)

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  2. I was lucky to find my pasta roller on a clearance sale and am glad I got it! I've never tried the cooking cream, but it looks worth looking into for a quick meal. Yours looks yummy!

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  3. Awesome job! I love the texture and thickness of hand-rolled pasta! And the sauce sounds good, too! A hint, for lasagna noodles, you will probably want a roller for it because the noodles tend to get thick as they cook, which can be a bit much for lasagna if you hand roll them.

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  4. Looks Wonderful~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  5. Your noodles look delicious - I would be fishing them straight out the pan too!

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