All posts tagged: #pasta

Chicken (Soba) Noodle Soup in a Dijon Broth

Gone are the days when I could mumble something about not feeling well and, with a snap of my fingers, my mom shows up with her delicious chicken noodle soup as the cure. Nope, now it’s city living where if you’re sick, you can either call your mom and hope she makes the 2 hour drive just for soup, go to the closest grocery store and pick out a can, or invest 45 minutes and create days’ worth of your very own sickness curing soup.

Basil Pesto

Is there such thing as too much fresh basil? I can’t eat enough caprese salads or pasta to keep up with the amount of basil growing in our backyard! Making a batch of pesto is the easiest way to use up plenty of fresh basil before it goes bad. Here are some of my favourite ways to enjoy pesto: Pasta Sauce – Mix a few spoonfuls with EVOO and toss with a bowl of fresh pasta.  Damn good chicken marinade – Marinate chicken in 1/4C pesto, 1/4C chopped sundried tomatoes, a handful of cherry tomatoes, 1/4C toasted pine nuts, and dash of balsamic vinegar. As a spread on sandwiches or wraps. BBQ Roasted Veggie – Mix pesto with chopped veggies before placing on BBQ. Portobello Mushrooms – Marinate large portobello mushrooms in a mixture of pesto, balsamic, and honey. Grill for 8 minutes per side on a medium heat BBQ. Top with a healthy dose of burrata cheese and a sprinkling of pecans and peaches.    If you have a food processor, this recipe will …

Fresh Pasta Dough

This basic recipe is one I learned at an Italian cooking school here in Toronto, so I’d like to think of it as traditional…enough. I’ve used this recipe for everything from ravioli and pappardelle, to the spinach fettucine here. Every once in awhile, after a hard week, there’s nothing I enjoy more than dedicating an entire Sunday to making fresh pasta dough (is that weird?). I do have a roller, but no cutter so yes it tends to take the entire day! The ingredients and process itself really is quite simple, so if you’re up for the time challenge….read on and prepare