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Homemade Pasta

December 8, 2010

serves 4-6

This is a beautifully textured pasta and one of my favorites. Once you start making pasta fresh, it is hard to go back to boxed. This recipe will spoil you!  Your first try making fresh pasta should not discourage you, it takes time and a bit of patience. Each time you make pasta, you will get better and better. Just remember practice makes perfect!   

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra)

4 large egg yolks

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon of sea salt or Kosher salt

1 silpat mat

A pasta machine, follow manufactures instructions for pasta of your choice


In a small bowl combine eggs, yolks, salt and whisk together and set aside

Spread flour into center of mat, make a well

Pour a small amount of egg into well and work flour into a dough. This can be done with your hands or a spoon.

Continue adding egg in small amounts untill all egg is incorporated into flour

 Knead until  firm dough forms

 Add a bit more flour if too sticky

Dough should not be sticky to the touch 

Form into ball

Wrap in Saran wrap and chill for 30 minutes or overnight until ready to use.  Consult with manufactures instructions for your pasta maker.

I use this dough for spaghetti, linguine, or for assembling ravioli.

Pasta may be cooked after drying or cooked fresh

Fresh, pasta cooks al dente in 2-3 minutes
Dried  pasta will cook in  4-5 minutes




 Note: Silpat mats are heavy-duty, fiberglass/rubber that make great work surfaces and allow for a non stick surface in both ovens and on table tops and worth the investment for any cook. Perfect for making any bread  or pasta dough or to use for baking. Silpat’s are your best friend in the kitchen , they make clean up a breeze!  Available in most kitchen stores such as Sur La Tab, William Sonoma and Crate and Barrel.

Shrimp Pad Thai

June 4, 2009

serves 2-4

Have all items prepared and chopped before starting

 8 oz of rice stick noodles (half package)

3 Tablespoons of peanut oil

1/4 cup water

4 cloves fresh minced garlic

2-3 eggs

4 Tablespoons of  real lemon juice

3 Tablesppons of fish sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon of white wine vinegar

4 Tablespoons of corsly chopped unsalted dry roasted peanuts

1/4 lb of raw shrimp with tails on 

1/4 cup of fresh bean sprouts

3/4 teaspoon of chile garlic sauce without seeds (preferrably Siracha)

3 whole scallions white & green parts cut into half inch slices

1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro sprigs

 1 lime sliced into  wedges


soak noodles in warm water 15-20 minutes till somewhat soft

scramble eggs and set aside

 Heat large skillet, add in oil and sautee garlic till golden

drain noodles and add to pan toss with garlic

slowly add lemon juice, fish sauce, vinegar, chile sauce, half of peanuts and sugar

toss noodles and add in shrimp and water

noodles will become soft within 4-6 minutes, add more water if needed 

 when shrimps start to turn pink, add in eggs, scallion and bean sprouts and toss.

place on platter

Cover with remaing peanuts. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges