Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pasta Dough For The Rabbit In All Of Us

This post will strictly be the dough portion, you'll have to read on for the filling and final result.

Rosa (my pasta machine) needed a work out, she's been in her box for a few weeks now and getting antsy!
Last time Rosa came out to play we made fettuccine, this time, pillowy pockets of goodness - Ravioli.

I had wanted to kick up the dough making it a little, you know, creative.  I'd eaten spinach pasta before (shucks, none in the house) but I had never had carrot pasta (WOOT - just happened to have a brand new bunch)
Figuring the sweetness of the carrots would be a good combination with a filling that was either spicy or savory, Rosa and I hand and crank - were ready. 
You'd think this might take a while but it was only an extra 10 minutes or so from the "regular" dough recipe and whenever you get a chance to add extra flavor AND veggies what's an extra 10 minutes?

Carrot Pasta Dough

2 large carrots, peeled and cubed (3 if you want extra puree for your filling or baby)
3 eggs
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tbsp. salt

Peel, cut and cube your carrots and boil them in unsalted water for about 10 minutes or until fork tender.
Puree carrots in a blender (or food processor) until smooth.  I added a few tablespoons of the carrot water for easier blending (because I do not have a processor).

In your bowl add the puree and eggs and combine.  Add in the flour and salt and blend for about 20 seconds until it forms a slight ball (don't worry if you have stragglers - they will incorporate)

Turn out into a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5-10 minutes. 

yes, I had a few chunks - I picked out any large ones as it was being kneaded

Form a ball and wrap with plastic and let sit at least 45 minutes.

You can now either use a Rosa, not MY Rosa, or you could use a rolling pin (have fun!)
Cut the dough into 6-8 pieces and use one at a time, keeping others wrapped so they do not dry out.
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