|tonight's herbs for pasta|
Everyday quick pasta recipe
This is from Jamie Oliver's The Naked Chef. The amounts given here are what we make up for dinner for two, Jamie makes a bigger batch.
200g strong pasta flour
extra flour for dusting
Mix flour and eggs together, knead until smooth and silky. We use a pasta maker to roll out the pasta and cut it. I've never made it, David says it's easy but he has pastry hands...
Boil a big pot of water, put the pasta in the boiling water for a short time. I don't know how long, but not very. Try it after just a few minutes to see if it is how you like it.
Tonight the lad made bolognese sauce to go with it. I suspect Australians are pretty obsessed with this pasta sauce. It's almost the first one we experienced as kids. It's also comfort food. I am not sure what the appeal is, but tomatoey meaty sauce is a good start. And the saltyness of good Parmesan?
Our bolognese recipe
|home made pasta|
minced beef - good quality
a little home made rocket fuel chilli paste* (just a little!)
Finely chop celery, carrot and onion and cook in a frying pan with a little olive oil. Add crushed garlic and cook a little then add minced beef and brown off meat breaking it up as you cook. Add tinned tomatoes and a little bit of chilli or chilli sauce - we use rocket fuel in any tomatoey sauce - not much just a little bit. Add a couple of bay leaves - I like the fresh - ones and cook till it is a consistency you like.
Put sauce over your favourite pasta and sprinkle on the chopped herbs.
But you must have your favourite version? Veal mince instead of beef? A mix of minces? Adding your homemade tomato sauce? no carrot, no celery? What's your version?