There are a hundred ways of making pasta and if you have the time, it can be surprisingly easy. You just need to follow the guidelines, like in this recipe, which makes you think about zero-waste processes. This pasta utilises kitchen waste – carrot leaves – that we generally toss at the end of cooking. If you like, carrot greens can be substituted with other leafy greens – beetroot, amaranth, spinach, coriander – you have on hand. When rolling out pasta, it is helpful to keep in mind that they are somewhat delicate. Take care when cutting the dough and boil pasta in plenty of salty water.
Plus time for dough to set
- 125 gm maida
- 20 ml water
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- Carrot leaves, finely chopped
- Mix olive oil and the egg together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix maida and salt, ensuring no lumps are left in the flour.
- Slowly add flour into the olive oil-and-egg mixture, and knead until dough begins to form.
- Like while making roti dough, slowly add 20 ml water while kneading to bind the ingredients together.
- Let dough rest in the refrigerator for at least 4-5 hours (ideally overnight).
- On a generously floured surface, roll dough out into a large square of uniform ¼-inch thickness. Cut into desired shape with a long, sharp knife.
- Allow cut pasta to dry for at least an hour.
- Fill a pot with water, add oil and salt, and place it on a flame. Bring to rolling boil and add the pasta.
- Boil for 4-5 minutes and strain using a colander.
- Combine with pesto and freshly blanched veggies for an indulgent and healthy homemade pasta.