Thursday, August 27, 2009

Basil Pasta

We are HUGE pasta lovers in this house and since I have an abundance of delicious basil, I jumped at the chance to make basil pasta! A few months ago I ate some of Tiffany's delicious homemade pasta and I've been dying to make some ever since!

Start out with these 4 ingredients, plus a little water. Who knew pasta was so simple?! Not me! I doubled the original recipe to make 4 servings, so that we can get two different meals out of one batch of dough.

Basil Pasta

1-1/2 cups chopped fresh basil
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 egg
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 cup water

Finely chop the basil in a food processor.

Add the flour and pulse just until combined. I had to scrape the basil off of the side of the food processor a few times.

Add the eggs, olive oil and water. Mix until dough forms into a ball.

Place dough on a piece of plastic wrap that has been sprayed with Pam, wrap it up, and throw it in the fridge for an hour.

Divide the dough into about 10 equal pieces and roll them out seperatly, instead of trying to roll the whole dough ball at once. So glad the original recipe included this step, or else I would have had a mess on my hands.

Be sure to coat the surface you are rolling your dough out on with flour, as well as your rolling pin. Unless have a fancy pasta maker. ;) I don't own a pasta maker (yet, hehe), but it was fun to make it all by hand!

Cut the pasta into strips or whatever shapes you want! I made linguini (some were more like fettucini) and pizza cutter did just the trick!

Allow the noodles to dry for at least an hour. I dried mine for about an hour and a half.

Throw into some boiling water, cook for about 5 minutes, drain, and serve.

I just mixed the pasta with some olive oil and italian seasoning and then topped it with asiago cheese. The flavor of the pasta is so fantastic that I didn't want to hide it behind a heavy sauce.

I served it with herb roasted chicken and cherry tomatoes.

This pasta was seriously yummy and I highly recommend it! I think Patrick cleaned is plate in about 10 seconds last night!

Now that I know how to make pasta, I'm thinking of all sorts of fun dishes to prepare! Tomorrow night I'm going to attempt to make ravioli with the left over dough, so wish me luck! :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

CrockPot Stuffed Steak

Welcome to my cooking blog! I'm always trying out new recipes and then forgetting how I made things or where I found the recipe, so I figured this would be a good way for me to keep some of my favorites all in one place!

I'd love to hear some of YOUR favorite recipes! Please feel free to leave recipe ideas in the comments section!

Since I've gone back to school, I've become majorly obsessed with my CrockPot! Nothing beats throwing some stuff into the pot, leaving for a few hours, and then coming home to your house smelling DELICIOUS and having dinner almost ready! So convenient!

I found this recipe for CrockPot Stuffed Steak HERE a few days ago and I just had to try it! I was a little nervous about cooking steak in the CrockPot because I was afraid it would be dry, but I could not have been more wrong! This steak literally fell apart and was SO moist!

I served it with steamed red potatoes and salad with balsamic dressing.

The original recipe called for flank steak, but Wally World no longer carries that, so I just grabbed some round steak. Cheap (like $5 for 4 steaks!) and it turned out great!

CrockPot Stuffed Steak:

1 lb steak (I used 4 round steaks)
1 green apple, chopped with skin on
1/3 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 cup feta cheese (I used fat free feta)
2 tsp chopped garlic
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce (I will use low sodium soy sauce next time b/c it was just a little too salty)

Marinate steak in soy sauce and honey mixture for at least 5 hours. Or, throw it in the fridge to marinate overnight for some serious flavor!

Mix apple, almonds, feta, and garlic in a small bowl.

Place the steaks and juice mixture into the CrockPot.

Scoop about 2 tbsp of apple mixture onto each steak, roll up the steak and place seam side down. There will be extra mixture, so just save it for later.

Cook on low for about 6 hours, or the original recipe says you can cook it on high for 4 hours.

After cooking, place steak on a plate and then dump more of the apple mixture on top of each one.

This recipe is seriously delicious and SO easy! I think I will make it next time we have people over, so that I can pretend to be domestic! :)

Let me know if you guys make this!