• MYO Tomato Basil Pasta

    25 ways to save money.-tomato2.jpg This superbly flavorful pasta is perfect with any tomato based sauce. In all, 1 pound of fresh, healthy tomato basil pasta costs less than .23 to prepare!

    You'll Need:

    • 1 1/4 c. durum semolina flour (I didn't have semolina, so I used all-purpose flour)
    • 1 tsp dried basil or 1T Fresh Basil, chopped
    • 1 Tbs Vegetable Oil (optional)
    • 1/4-1/3 Tomato Juice

    Combine the flour, basil, oil and 1/4 c. tomato juice in a mixing bowl, mixing well. Add additional tomato juice 1 tsp at a time as needed. (note, although an egg is pictured below, it is optional!)

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    The dough should be smooth, turn it out onto a floured surface and lightly knead the dough. Pasta dough is generally heavier and drier than bread dough. Let the dough rest about 10-15 minutes before rolling out. (I usually use this time to make another batch of pasta in a different flavor)

    When ready, divide the dough into 4 equal pieces.

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    Run the dough through an extruder (either electric or hand cranked) several times until it is quite smooth and holds together well. If you do not have an extruder, the dough can be rolled with a rolling pin. Be sure to roll it QUITE THIN as it plumps when it cooks and completely changes the texture of the pasta. Continue running the dough through the rolling extruder, folding it into 3rds each time until the dough is quite smooth and elastic"y" feeling.

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    Once you have a sheet of smooth dough, feed it through the die cutter attachment. Once again, this can be done by hand in a floured surface using a pizza cutter.

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    Carefully hang the pasta to dry (no more than 1 hour). It can also be cooked right away if you want fresh pasta.

    If the pasta has "hairy" sides it means the dough was a bit too dry. Try adding a bit more liquid next time.

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    Generally I make several different types (flavors) of pasta and let it dry about an hour. Then carefully "nest" the pasta in bags, seal, label and freeze. Do not thaw before cooking, simply drop the frozen pasta into rapidly boiling water.

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    Additional Notes:

    Durum Semolina flour is often found in specialty food shops. It can be rather expensive compared with all purpose flour, but has a considerably higher protein content than regular flour.

    Comments 4 Comments
    1. mamalv's Avatar
      mamalv -
      How long does it take the Fresh pasta to cook ? And the frozen pasta ?

      BTW: LOVE your recipe !
      I always loved a recipe called: Tomato, Basil, Garlic Penne. (have used various type of pasta instead)... Your pasta will add another layer of fabulous flavor to it. TY again.
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      It really depends on how thick your pasta is, generally I make ours quite thin (7 on the extruder) and it takes about 5 minutes to cook to our liking. I believe al-dente for Most people is about 3 minutes. Honestly, it takes the same amount of time if it's frozen, it thaws the second it hits the boiling water.

      The kids REALLY Love the Pizza Pasta, but I'm partial to this one. I tried it with v8 Juice a few weeks ago and that had an interesting zip to it as well. I'd love to make some Penne- that sounds delicious!

      Welcome to the site
    1. DawnaMarie's Avatar
      DawnaMarie -
      Will consider getting the pasta attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer. Sounds like a fun project, and you can make any flavor variation that comes to your mind. Be adventersome!
    1. TeresaThomas's Avatar
      TeresaThomas -
      I am not someone who normally makes things from scratch because it always seems so hard. This recipe looks really easy. I can't wait to try it.

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