Steph from Stephfood was our Daring Cooks’ July hostess. Steph challenged us to make homemade noodles without the help of a motorized pasta machine.
Mandatory Items: Prepare some pasta by hand, without the use of motorized tools, and prepare the appropriate sauce/seasoning to go with it. The concept of “noodle” or “pasta” is being applied very loosely here, as some traditional recipes may seem closer to a dumpling than what you consider a noodle. Use your own judgment and creativity here.
Many variations are allowed here – no strict recipe is required. I choose to make the fettuccine as it is more easy to make, especially without machines in use.
Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo
for the pasta dough:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1\2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1\4 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
Mix flour and salt, make a well in the center, add the eggs and oil, mix, if the dough is too dry add water to make the dough easy to handle, if the dough too sticky add flour gradually.
Gather the dough into a ball knead on lightly floured surface 5-10 min until smooth and elastic cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 15 min.
divide dough into 4 equal parts, roll each into rectangle 1\8″ thick, keep the others covered, fold the rectangle into thirds lengthwise, cut crosswise into 2 inch strips, unfold and gently shake out strips, hang pasta to dry (I used a long metal skewers to hang it), let stand for 1\2 hour until dry.
Heat enough amount of water add salt and 1 tablespoon olive oil, add pasta, boil uncovered 2-5 min until firm and tender. Being testing for doneness when pasta rises to surface of water. Drain the pasta add more salt, olive oil and toss.
for alfredo sauce:
1\3 cup butter
1 tablespoon flour
1\4 cup heavy whipping cream
1\2 cup milk
3\4 cup parmesan cheese
1\2 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper
dried basil, thyme
Heat butter add the flour until combined, stir, add the cream and the milk gradually, stir frequently until the mixture starts to bubble. Reduce the heat to low, stir frequently until slightly thickened, add the cheese, salt, pepper and the herbs, remove from the heat.
to assemble the shrimp fettuccine alfredo:
shrimp cleaned and cuted to medium pieces
fresh mushroom sliced
1 tablespoon butter
fresh basil and thyme
dried garlic powder
salt and pepper
add all the ingredient in a big pan, stir frequently and let sizzle for 2 min.
Add the alfredo sauce into the shrimp, let cook for 1 min more, remove from heat, pour all the mixture over the fettuccine and serve.