Hello and thanks for following my blog. Today I build on my earlier post and provide some ideas for variations to the basic pasta recipe. You can find the post here: https://frogandcount.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/basic-pasta/
If you take the basic recipe you can, in theory, add anything you want to change it to your taste. I usually stick to herbs and vegetables as it is easier to mix in and it has less effect on the cooking time than meat or dairy.
Choose what you would like to add and mix it (with a blender where possible) into the egg before adding to the flour.
Remember that if you add a more liquid substance then you will need to add less liquid later to make the dough stiff. It’s a case of experimenting and adding more flour or water until you get the ideal consistency.
Here are a few suggestions of things to add to your mix but don’t forget you can add your own.
Why not try:
½-1 tin of tomatoes (will need to blend this with egg to get a smooth paste)
Pesto (I prefer red, you can use shop bought or homemade)
Or for a less savoury alternative:
Grated orange zest
One sweet pasta recipe I would like to try next time I have friends for dinner is Bittersweet chocolate ravioli: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/36/Bittersweet_Chocolate_Ravioli44066.shtml
This shows that you can do whatever you like once you have mastered the basic recipe. Sweet or savoury budget and imagination are the only limits.
Good luck and please share your own unique pasta recipe alternatives.
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