New pasta roller - looking for great, simple, nothin heavy - sauces to add.
Just got a pasta roller (and a lesson on homemade pasta) and having a blast - never realized how fantastic fresh pasta was. My son and fiance did a really nice simple parm and cracked pepper, and another with sauteed fennel, capers, etc. Last night, I did a great roasted veggie mix.
anyone care to share their favorite simple sauce (maybe with shrimp or seafood), but NOT red sauce - I've got Nanna's and it's all I want.
key words are simple and lighter
thanks so much
I just made some pasta the other day and made the following sauce recipe: If you can find guanciale (cured pig jowl) it's awesome, but pancetta is also good - the meat stays really crispy if you take it out and then sprinkle it back on top -
Sauté diced pancetta or guanciale in olive oil – until crispy
Add chopped garlic and minced fresh sage - cook only until you smell garlic
Remove from pan to stop cooking
Cook fresh pasta (reserve a little cooking water)
Add pasta to olive oil in sauté pan
Add crème fraiche (cream or panna) and a little pasta water and cook to warm
Plate and top w/ guanciale/pancetta, garlic and sage mixture
I made this sauce last night - just wonderful. I used a pound of shrimp though, and 1/2 a pound of pasta, and, well, we ate most of it! I didn't get around to getting fresh pasta, so used dried orecchiette, which is a shape that, for whatever reason, I find is a good subsitute. It seems to catch creamy sauces well.
This isn't light either but definitely simple and sooo good, especially in cold weather. It calls for slab bacon or pancetta but I usually use thick sliced bacon with fine results.
4 ounces slab bacon or pancetta, diced in 1/4-inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 extra large eggs
1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound pasta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
2. Cook bacon or pancetta in oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat until golden brown and most of the fat has been rendered, about 8 to 10 minutes, then remove skillet from heat.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, parsley, salt, and red pepper flakes until combined.
4. Add pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
5. Add hot pasta to bacon mixture in skillet and toss well over medium-low heat until pasta is coated. Add egg mixture and a little of the cooking water; toss gently until spaghetti looks creamy. Add cheese and toss to combine. Serve immediately.
I've used both. When I use fresh pasta for carbonara I roll it a little thicker than usual, no lower than 3 on my machine. Can't say that I prefer one over the other although the last time I did it with fresh I had mixed crumbled dried sage into the flour before mixing in the eggs. That was awesome! We love sage in this house!
I agree with you that with fresh pasta you want to not overwhelm it so you can enjoy the flavor and texture that are so wonderful. Possibly not as light as you were hoping -- but you don't need much! -- is a simple browned butter with fresh sage leaves. Let the sage warm in the lightly browned butter. Toss in the hot pasta. Sprinkle on some Parm and youre good to go.