I was looking for a new, easy dish and tried this from Real Simple. It was quite tasty and very quick. Nothing super rave-worthy but still worth a repeat down the road.
After a week away from the Knitchen due to work events I dove into two new recipes. Both were GREAT but very different. Both are absoutely going to be repeated. They will see different nights, though.
Fettuccine Capricciose: Fettuccine with Oyster Mushrooms, Sweet Garlic and Arugula. A great, rich Mario Batali recipe. I know the smell of sweet vermouth from my mom’s cooking growing up. Sweet vermouth, butter, mushrooms. Yum
Grilled Romaine with Guacamole Dressing: I read about this in Sunset last summer and rediscovered it on my Evernote recipes this evening. SO GOOD. The brushed oil and cayenne add a wonderful flavor.
Marshall and Polly joined us for a fun evening of pasta making that resulted in the best pasta dinner I have ever cooked. The combination of fresh pasta, spices, herbs and two sticks of butter was restaurant quality.
We served the pasta with a blood orange salad and a raspberry and pear Mission Pie.
Saffron Tagliatelle with Spiced Butter
By Yotam Ottolenghi
Counterintuitive as this combination of pasta with Moroccan-style butter may seem, it is absolutely delicious and I am sure that once tried you’ll keep on coming back to it. Instead of homemade you can go for a good variety of dried pasta and add a decent pinch of saffron threads to the cooking water.
2 teaspoon saffron threads
4 tablespoons boiling water
4 medium eggs
4 tablespoons olive oil
15-1/2 ounces (3-1/2 cups) “00” pasta flour, plus extra for rolling
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
4 tablespoons olive oil
8 shallots, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspono cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon chile flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup pine nuts, toasted and roughly chopped
4 tablespoons roughly chopped mint
4 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley
1 Place the saffron in a small bowl with the boiling water and leave to infuse for at least 10 minutes. Then add the eggs and oil and beat to mix. Place the flour and turmeric in the bowl of a food processor and add the saffron mix. Blend until a crumbly dough is formed. You may need a little more oil or flour to adjust the dough to the required consistency – neither sticky nor very dry.
2 Lightly dust your surface with flour, tip out the dough and knead into a ball. Work for a few minutes, adding more flour if you need, until it becomes silky soft. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes, or up to a day.
3 Divide the dough into two pieces. Keep one well covered. Using a rolling pin, flatten the other piece into a thin rectangle. Set the pasta machine to its widest setting and pass the dough through. Continue rolling the pasta, narrowing the setting by a notch every time, until you get to the lowest setting.
4 Fold up the pasta sheet twice along its length, sprinkling some flour between the layers. Use a large knife to cut long strips that are 3/4 inch wide. Hang them on the back of a chair to dry for 10 minutes. Repeat with the remaining dough.
5 Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
6 To make the spiced butter: Place the butter and oil in a frying pan and cook the shallots gently for about 10 minutes, or until they soften and the butter turns slightly brown. Now add all the spices, the salt and some pepper. Remove from the heat and keep warm. Cook the tagliatelle for 2 to 3 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and return to the saucepan. Pour the spiced butter over the pasta and stir well, then divide among four plates.
7 Sprinkle with the pine nuts and chopped herbs and serve.
Last week we resuscitated this recipe from this summer. Very simple and very fresh tasting.
Heidi Swanson is back in the Knavis Knitchen tonight. It has been a while since I cooked from her Super Natural Every Day. This was a great and very easy recipe. It is also incredibly quick. It was a hit that we shared with our friend Janet.
Even though it was a four day week, it was a long one! We ended the week on a high note with a great dinner with friends. This simple pasta was incredibly tasty. It is a Moosewood Simple Supper.
I also served a great white bean bruschetta. This is a favorite from Epicurious. The recipe sounds complex. Skip all the bean making and either used canned beans or beans from the pressure cooker.
With so many new recipes on the horizon, I went back to an old favorite. This will give Robin plenty of lunch leftovers. The big change this time? Fresh beans. Wow, what a difference. I threw one pound of dried cannellini beans in the pressure cooker with 7 cups of water for 35 minutes. The result was one of the best white bean and kale pastas ever. That is saying something as I have made this dish over 50 times. Recipe linked on the Recipes Page.