Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Santa delivered...

If you've been following me for a while, maybe you can remember several months ago when I made fresh butternut squash ravioli! It was to die for! That night at dinner as my husband was raving over the dish, I made it pretty clear that while I was glad he liked it...he would never be having it again unless I got a pasta maker. This was a couple months before Christmas so his response was, "Maybe Santa will have to put it on his list." Well Santa delivered, and our house has never been the same.

We are now in love with fresh homemade pasta. Something that may sound a little hard, but with a machine it takes just about as long as boiling the store bought stuff. We are now hooked. I haven't made the ravioli yet...it's on my list. But the fettuccine melts in your mouth.

I of course have been experimenting with all kinds of pasta sauce to accompany the heavenly strands of goodness. This is one I came up with this weekend. Obviously if you don't want to make your own pasta, this sauce would be just as delish over your favorite store bought brand. My favorite would be farfalle!


LEMON PEA CHICKEN ALFREDO SAUCE
(Mindi Original)

2 garlic cloves, minced
1 scallion, minced
2 T. butter
2 large chicken breasts, cubed
salt & pepper
2 T. butter
3 T. flour
zest of 2 lemons
juice of 2 lemons
1 C. chicken stock
2 C. half & half
½ - 1 C. Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper

1. In a large skilled, melt the butter over medium high heat. Sauté the garlic and onion for 2-4 minutes or until translucent.
2. Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook until chicken is done and starts to brown.
3. Add the lemon zests.
4. Add the flour and stir until absorbed.
5. Add the lemon juice and chicken stock. Stir for 1 minute.
6. Add the half and half. Stir for 2 minutes or so until it just starts to thicken.
7. Add the Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce thickens.
8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
9. Serve over pasta.

HOMEMADE PASTA DOUGH

4 eggs
3 ½ C. flour
1 t. salt
1-2 T. water

1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix until a dough forms.
2. Kneed several minutes until the dough is well combined.
3. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes.
4. Using a pasty machine, roll out and cut.

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4 comments:

Frieda said...

I'm so glad Santa delivered your wish! I've loved mine, and yest, fresh is better!

Mindika said...

Frieda,
Thanks so much for all your nice comments on my blog. I'm so bad at responding to comments, only because my time on the computer is pretty limited. My little 17 month old can be very demanding. :) Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks. It's nice to know there are people out there reading and enjoying the blog.

M.

M said...

I don't see flour on the ingredients' list. :(

M said...

I meant to say, there's no flour on the ingredients' list for the sauce... :(

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