I had one of those last minute, “Oh no! It’s dinner time” events last night. The kiddos were all playing outside. I was inside with the baby when I realized it was 5:00, and I had no plans for dinner. I am usually a meal planner, but my husband was home from western Kansas this weekend and that got away from me. Searching the kitchen, I knew I had Mushrooms, Garlic, Swiss Chard, and Heirloom Tomatoes I purchased from friends at our local Farmer’s Market. The perfect combination for my favorite pasta dish. I usually make this with a mushroom ravioli, but did not have time to make the ravioli, so I went with a fettuccini pasta instead. It is fast, yummy, and easy. Perfect for a quick dinner.
It is one of my family’s favorite recipes so I thought I would share it with you, my readers! I hope you enjoy!
Fresh Pasta Ingredients:
1 Cup AP Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 T Basil Infused Olive Oil (or regular Olive Oil)
1 T Water, if needed
1/2 Cup Butter (1 stick)
3 cloves Garlic (to taste)
1/2 pint Mushrooms
5 medium sized Heirloom Tomatoes
5-7 stalks Swiss Chard or Spinach
1 tsp Sea Salt (to taste)
1 tsp Pepper (to taste)
Note: This recipe feeds my three girls and I.
1) Prepare Fresh Pasta.
-Place the flour on a clean surface or in a mixing bowl.
-Using a fork or whisk, gently mix 1/2 tsp salt with the flour.
-Make a well in the flour.
-Crack your egg in the well and add 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil.
-Using a fork, or your hands, slowly mix the egg into the flour pulling a little flour from the edges each time until your dough begins to come together.
-Kneed for a few minutes, if the dough is too dry add 1 Tbsp water. Remember, like pie crust, it takes a minute or two for the dough to come together. Do not add too much liquid.
-Kneed 4-5 minutes total.
-Then roll your pasta dough to desired width, or run through a pasta machine.
-Run your dough through the fettuccini setting on a pasta machine or cut into small strips.
-Dust with flour and let dry until ready for use.
Note: You absolutely do not have to use Fresh Pasta, but it does increase the taste and quality of this meal substantially. Fresh pasta is easy and quick. Not scary. You can do it!
2) Prepare water for boiling pasta. Once boiling generously salt the water and add fresh pasta. Cook only a few minutes. Fresh pasta cooks quickly. Drain Pasta.
3) Melt the butter in a large skillet on medium heat.
4) Add sliced mushrooms and tomatoes.
5) Once mushrooms are cooked down, finely chop Garlic and add to mushrooms and tomatoes. Be careful not to burn the garlic. It happens quickly.
6) Chop Swiss Chard and add to mushroom/tomato mixture.
7) Once the chard has cooked down add your fresh pasta.
8) Gently toss together with tongs and season with salt and pepper to your taste.
9) Serve with fresh parmesan and a crusty garlic bread!
Did you try my recipe? Let me know how it turned out in the comment section below!