Homemade Pasta a la Josie and Rachael



Pasta has always been a favorite in my house.  Fast and easy – done in 15 minutes – the perfect base for a meal for any busy family.  Recently I discovered the tasty art of making my own pasta (without a pasta maker!).  While it’s not the fast and easy meal of my youth, it’s delicious and well worth the time and effort :)  The noodles come out thicker and slightly doughier than their dried, store-bought counterparts, but are quite delicious.
The other night, Little Ms. Muffin and I threw together a delicious  dinner of homemade pasta and a fresh basil veggie sauce :)  Bon appetite
~ Betty
Pasta:
3 C. flour
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
4 eggs
2 Tbsp. olive oil
enough water to form elastic dough
1)  Mix flour, garlic power, eggs, and olive oil in a large mixing bowel, mixing by hand until dough begins to come together.
2)  Turn out onto floured surface and knead together, adding four and water as needed.  Dough should be elastic and smooth to the touch.
3)  Allow to rest for 30 minutes before rolling out.
4)  Roll small amounts at a time ( about 1/8 of a batch) into flat sheets, approximately 1/4 inch thick.
5)  Roll sheet of dough up, and cut 1/4 inch thick spirals, unwinding them after each section of dough to prevent them from sticking.
6)  Drop pasta in boiling water, stirring occasionally for 6-7 minutes.
Sauce:
1 clove garlic minced
1 onion diced
1 pint cherry tomatoes quartered
1 fist full of basil torn
1 red bell pepper diced
2 italian sweet peppers diced
1/2 head broccoli
1 small can tomato puree
1 tsp oregano
1 pinch tarragon
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste

1) Sauté onions and garlic with olive oil until onions begin to sweat.

2)  Add all other ingredients and simmer until veggies are tender.

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