Simple Pasta - homemade

for the pasta dough

Whole wheat flour – ½ cup
Flour – ½ cup
Water – ¼ - ½ cup
Oil – 1 tsp + 1 tsp

Tomato pesto

Tomato – 1 small
Onion – ½ or 1
Garlic – 3-5 cloves
Paprika or chilly powder – ¼ tsp
Pepper powder – ¼ tsp
Parmesan or mozzarella cheese – 2-3 tbsp
Olive oil / vegetable oil – 1 tbsp
Salt – ¼ tsp or less

The method

Make a stiff dough with wheat flour, flour, water (after adding ¼ cup water to the flour add water as required) and 1 tsp oil. Divide the dough into 4-5 portions and roll it with a rolling pin. Dust the dough adequately while rolling to prevent the pasta from sticking while cutting them into thin ribbons. After rolling one portion of the dough cut it vertically into thin ribbons as shown in picture (the pasta will double its size while boiling). Repeat with the remaining dough and place the pasta ribbons in a flat surface or plate.

To boil the pasta

Boil water in a pan with ¼ tsp salt and 1tsp oil. Add the pasta and cook till the pasta rise to the top of the water. This will happen in 1.5 -2.5 minutes. Skim the pasta immediately and spread it in a flat plate.

It is said that pasta should be cooked in a continuous process (boiling + mixing with the sauce). Keep the mixture for Pesto ready by the time pasta is cooked. It may be ground to a paste just before boiling the pasta.

To prepare Pesto…

…grind the onion, garlic, tomato and cheese to a smooth paste without adding water.

In a pan add the oil and the ground paste. Add salt (salt is needed only for the sauce since pasta is cooked in salted water). Add the paprika / chilly. Let the water evaporate completely.Sprinkle pepper powder. Add the cooked pasta and toss for about 30 seconds. It is done!!

(overcooking makes the pasta mushy)

i'll tell a secret....i prepared the pasta with leftover chapati dough which was kept in the refrigerator for about 8 hours!