Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hand-Cut Pappardelle + Smoky Tomato Sauce

Even the simplest dishes are elevated when everything is homemade. Just for kicks, try this next weekend: a couple of hours spent not just opening jars, not just tearing into cans, not just ripping open packaging, just dealing with raw ingredients plus the know-how to forge them into an extraordinary meal.

Smoky Tomato Sauce

8 roma tomatoes (peeled and quartered)
1/2 white onion (finely diced)
1 rib celery (finely diced)
1 carrot (finely diced)
1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
zest from 1 lemon
pinch of salt & pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup water
1 clove garlic
olive oil

Turn oven broiler on high. Drizzle quartered, peeled tomatoes with olive oil and stick them under the broiler until the edges are black, then remove them from heat and set aside.
In a skillet over medium-high heat, sauté onion, carrot, and celery in a few tablespoons of olive oil until the onion is translucent. Mix the wine, sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper together; use that to deglaze the pan. Cook mixture until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the tomatoes, paste, and water. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Add sliced garlic and a few extra tablespoons of olive oil a few minutes before serving.


3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 semolina flour
3 eggs

In a large bowl -- or on the countertop -- make a pile out of the mixed flours. Form a well in the center, crack the eggs into the well, and mix flour and eggs until a dough forms. Continue to knead for 3 minutes. Dough will be smooth. Cover and allow dough to rest for 15 minutes. Roll pasta into sheets using a pasta machine. Roll it down to a number 5 on the pasta machine. Using a pasta cutter, cut strips out of the pasta sheets.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta for just two minutes. Remove pasta from water and place into the sauce. Toss to coat pasta. Garnish with parmesan cheese, parsley, black pepper, and sea salt. We had this with a salad of arugula, goat cheese, and shallots dressed in olive oil, a tiny pinch of hickory smoked salt, and balsamic vinegar.


Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker said...

Wow, this looks amazing! I never heard of smoky tomato sauce (and I'm quite a fan of sauces and pasta). I will absolutely need to try this because I love spoked food. I'm not so mad about papardellas but in this combination this seems just perfect!

Tez Willis said...

The smokey tomatoe sauce sounds like a wonderful recipe. I would like to try and see exactly how good it is.

Bianca said...

I made homemade vegan pasta once, and it was kinda gross. I didn't roll the dough thin enough...so it was more like long, skinny dumplins. And taste-wise, that was okay...but not so pretty at all. Yours looks much better.

Jenn W. said...

This looks delicious! Yum!

Brooke Shoko said...

looks GOOD.

Colin Morris said...

Sounds AWESOME. I know what I'm making tonight.