Last week I said I was going to eat healthier, but that was before I got a pasta maker for Christmas! I have wanted this kitchen appliance for a while now, and I could barely wait 24 hours before ripping the box open and making this dish! While making pasta is not the easiest, this dish turned out amazing and I can’t wait to perfect my pasta making skills!
There are three major steps to this recipe; make the pasta dough, roll the pasta and prepare the scampi sauce. In addition to the steps, you need a lot of patience, as pasta can be difficult to make. Just remember, keep adding flour, this may help you if your dough turns out like mine- a little too gooey!
Make the Pasta Dough
To make this simple pasta dough you need these few ingredients:
- 2 cups cake flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
- 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/3-1/2 cup of water
Measure out the ingredients, and put the cake flour, all purpose flour, egg yolks and salt in a food processor. Turn it on at a low setting.
Slowly pour the 1/4 cup of olive oil into the food processor. If you see that there is build up of the mixture on the side of food processor, feel free to open it and push the mixture off the sides of the appliance and then put the lid back on.
After the all the oil is added, slowly pour in the water. I made the mistake of starting with 1/2 cup of water, but start with 1/3 cup and then if needed add more water. This will allow you to control the consistency of the dough.
Once everything is mixed, the dough should have a sticky constancy. If it is too dry, add more water; too wet, add some flour.
Scoop the dough out of the food processor and place it on a floured surface. Then knead the dough for 5 to 8 minutes. Since my dough was a little too gooey, this was difficult and I had a hard time kneading the dough.
If your dough is the perfect consistency then move it to plastic wrap, and then place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Roll the Pasta
After your 30 minutes are up, it is time to take your dough out of the refrigerator. If your dough is not the right consistency, then sprinkle flour on the dough and knead it until you get the right consistency.
Then take a rolling pin and roll the dough out. Some pasta machines can do this, but since my dough was the wrong consistency, it worked better if I manually rolled mine.
Once your dough is rolled, use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 2-3 inch strips.
Sprinkle more flour on the strip, then using the linguine attachment on my pasta machine send the dough through the machine.
In the end, you should have a ton of fresh linguine pasta! Set it aside until you are ready to boil the pasta.
Prepare the Shrimp Scampi Sauce
To make the Shrimp Scampi Sauce, you will need:
- 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups white wine
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Start by seasoning the shrimp with salt and pepper. Then sauté them in olive oil until the shrimp is fully cooked. Once done, remove them from the skillet and set them aside.
In the same skillet add the garlic and let it cook for a about a minute, then pour in the white wine and the lemon juice. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
After about 4-5 minutes you can add your seasonings (basil, oregano and thyme) and then start to add the butter. Add 2 tbsp of butter at a time.
Once all the butter is melted, the sauce should be thicker and smoother. At this time, you can add the shrimp back to the sauce and sprinkle some fresh parsley on top.
Boil the Noodles and Complete the Dish
When the Scampi Sauce is almost complete you can start to boil the water for your noodles. Since the noodles are fresh they take about 2-3 minutes to cook so keep that in mind.
Boil about 6 cups of water, then add the noodles. Put a timer for about 2 minutes. Since the noodles are already soft, you will not be able to see a noticeable difference between the raw and cooked form. The best way to know if the noodles are done, is by tasting one.
Once the noodles are to your liking, use a colander to drain the water. Then place a big helping of noodles on your place and top with the Shrimp Scampi Sauce.
To season, add some fresh parmesan and serve this dish hot!
This was so tasty, and even though I had some difficulty with my noodles, somehow in the end the pasta and the sauce turned out perfect! I can’t wait to perfect my pasta in the new year!