Cooking up a storm seemed appropriate given the weather. Matt and I decided a rustic, hearty Italian-style dinner was just what we needed. Homemade bread + pasta + pesto (all vegan!) left the kitchen covered in flour, but the effort was worth it. Nonna would have been proud.
- 1 cup white flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2/3 cup water
- dash of salt
- 1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and pureed
Combine the flours, spinach and salt and add water gradually until a nice dough ball forms. Knead the dough for 1-2 minutes, using your palms and then separate the dough into small tennis-ball size balls.
Follow instructions for pasta machine as instructed. I found it helpful to flour the dough very well prior to rolling through the machine, as the spinach made the dough very sticky. Let pasta air-dry for about 15 minutes on a cooling rach (or if your lucky enough to have your own handmade pasta dryer from your father, use that :) ).
To cook pasta: Boil about 5 cups of water on medium heat. Add a dash of salt. Place pasta in water and cover and simmer until pasta floats to the top (about 5-8 minutes). Strain pasta in colander and topwith Basil Pesto, Spinach and Roasted Tomato topping.
makes about 1 cup of pesto
- 1 cup walnuts (or pine or almonds)
- hefty handful of basil leaves
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional, but preferred)
Combine nuts, basil and garlic in food processor and process until blended. Slowly add oil, salt, pepper and yeast to taste and texture.
Pesto, Spinach and Roasted Tomato Topping
- 1 cup of Basil Pesto
- 1 cup of frozen spinach, thawed
- 1 cup of grape tomatoes, halved and roasted
- olive oil
To roast the tomatoes, place them on a baking sheet and cook on 350 for about 5-10 minutes, until lightly browned and skin is soft.
In a large saute pan, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add pesto, spinach and roasted tomatoes and cook for about 5-7 minutes (just until flavors are blended). Top pasta with mixture and serve with a Rustic Loaf.