Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fresh Pumpkin Pasta

I have been meaning to experiment with a pumpkin pasta ever since pumpkins hit the store a few weeks ago. I finally got around to it tonight whilst baking bread. The recipe is super easy, though you need some strong wrists and a pasta roller and cutter. I have not cooked it yet (that will be tomorrow's dinner) but it rolled and cut perfectly. I have every reason to believe it will cook up nicely.

Makes 1 lb of pasta
- 1 cup semolina flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup pureed cooked pumpkin
- 1-2 tbsp water

1. Mix together flours and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the center. Put pumpkin and 1 tbsp of the water in the center. Slowly incorporate the wet into the dry, making a rough dough, adding more water if needed.
2. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead into a smooth dough (5 mins). It's going to take some elbow grease. The dough should not break apart or crack, so wet your hands if the dough seems too dry.
3. Roll into a log and wrap in a damp towel. Set aside for 20 mins to let the dough relax. Roll and cut as per usual.

A Note on Cooking Fresh Pasta:
Fresh homemade pasta does not need to cook very long--1-3 mins, usually, depending on the thickness. Monitor the pasta closely and make sure you don't overcook it, otherwise it will be mushy.


Eesh said...

Looks amazing as usual! Can't wait to see the results tomorrow. I wish I had a pasta maker, where did you get yours?

Megan said...

I am in awe of all you fresh pasta making people. And pumpkin sounds delicious!

Zephyr said...

This looks good - let us know how it tastes? Besides some simple olive oil to exhibit the pumpkin flavor, what do you recommend putting on or with it?

Lindsay I-F said...

what a great idea! sounds yummy

Vegan Dad said...

I got mine at Sears. My roller and cutters attach to my Kitchen Aid stand mixer.

I was thinking a creamy garlic and sage sauce, actually. I don't think the kids will go for it, so they will get a simple marinara. But, olive oil sounds simple and tasty too . . .

Kelly said...

Ooh. This sounds tempting. When you cook this up will you write up your sauce recipe? I'd love to try the whole dish. My pasta maker does not get nearly enough use and perhaps that will make a great weekend project.

Jenn said...

Wow. I wil definitely try that. Thanks for the recipe. I just need to rescue the pasta maker from the back of the cupboard.

Jeni Treehugger said...

Pumpkin Pasta!!
I bow down to you

Zoey said...

This pasta sounds delicious. I have never made homemade pasta before, but I may need to give it a try now. Thank you for the recipe.

Joan Walling Churcher said...

So how did it turn out? Were you really happy with it? Happy Thanksgiving!