Blackened Sweet Potato, Peas, Pasta, and Pecans

Blackened Sweet potatoes, Peas, Pasta, and Pecans
Blackened Sweet potatoes, Peas, Pasta, and Pecans
Fast! Simple! Delicious!

This is what we had for Christmas Eve dinner. We selected something that would be fast and easy, yet hopefully tasty, and a dish that would give us a chance to try out a new pasta dough. Originally, we weren’t going to bother writing this one up, so we only have a few photos, but we thought it turned out well enough that it deserved a shout-out.

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Sweet Potato Pasta Dough

shaping pasta
shaping pasta
A simple shape, for a simple pasta dough.

With the farm crew on vacation, we don’t get our weekly CSA share of produce. At first, that’s not so bad; we just eat what we have in the house in a creative way– today’s recipe is an example. In fact, this is part of what we had for our Christmas Eve dinner. Today, we’ll show you how to make the pasta dough, and, next week, we’ll present a simple pasta dish that’s good enough to serve for a holiday dinner. At least, we think so.

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Lemon Dill Fettuccine

lemon dill fettuccine with peas and Parmesan
lemon dill fettuccine with peas and Parmesan
An easy, fast, and tasty meal!

Since we liked the Lemon Dill Risotto with Peas so much, we decided that we’d try doing something similar with pasta. Specifically, a Lemon Dill Fettuccine that we had the other night along with some peas and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. It made for an easy, flavorful dinner that took only a few minutes to whip up. You can make it, too; it’s not difficult to make pasta dough.

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Acorn Squash Filling for Pasta

acron squash pasta filling
acron squash pasta filling
Disposable piping bags make filling pasta easy. You can buy them online and they’re a real-time saver.

Okay, we’re starting off a multi-day series for a meal. Partly because each can stand on its own, and partly because we need a few easy posts to get back into the groove of writing up our dinners. We also like adding  suspense to the mix. You won’t know until Friday how this all comes together into a meal. Sure, from the post title, you know that we’re making a filled pasta, but what about the rest?

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Lime Rosemary Pasta Dough

lime rosemary fettucini with mushrooms and peas
lime rosemary fettucini with mushrooms and peas
Fresh pasta cooks so fast; it’s perfect for quick dinners, provided you plan ahead.

This might seem crazy, but, when we know we’ll be short of time for a meal, we make fresh pasta. It’s true. Fresh home-scratched pasta is faster than commercial dried pasta, provided you plan. We simply make the dough when we have 5 spare minutes in the day, let it rest for at least 30 minutes, then roll and cut it when we have another 15-20 minutes free. When it’s time to boil up the pasta, fresh takes only 2-5 minutes. And, it tastes so much better.

This week, we had a leftover lime sitting in the refrigerator without a use in the world. We’ve made lemon pepper pasta dough in the past, so we pondered about what would go well with lime in pasta. We didn’t think pepper. After some thought, we decided on rosemary, partly because we have it fresh, but also because we think those two flavors will work well together.

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Cauliflower Gruyère Agnolotti

cauliflower gruyere agnolotti
cauliflower Gruyere agnolotti
Little cauliflower pillows!

It’s been a while since we’ve made a filled pasta, and agnolotti is one of the easiest and fastest to make. Of course, you can make another filled pasta shape; scarpinocc is another easy filled pasta. Or, of course, there’s always ravioli (see Sweet Potato Ravioli with Lemon Pepper Pasta for shaping ravioli). The filling for today’s post is based around sale items from the store.

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Shaping Scarpinocc

scarpinocc
scarpinocc
A cool new pasta shape for you to try!

It’s been a while since we showed you how to shape a type of pasta, so we thought that we’d cover making scarpinocc. It’s a filled pasta — the original recipe we saw called for tallagio cheese and black pepper — similar to the caramelle we’ve made in the past, but a little easier. Our filling was a simple goat cheese and pumpkin filling that we mixed up quickly in a food processor: about a cup of drained pumpkin, 6 ounces of fresh goat cheese, a couple of eggs, basil, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Feel free to use a filling that you like.

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