"Cleaning Cloth" Pasta with a Mixed Herb Sauce
(Stracchi con Erbette)
Central Tuscany Servings: 2 people Difficulty level: 2
Prep time: 00:35 Cook time: 00:05
Prepare the pasta:
Mound the flour on a work surface. Make a well in the center. Break the egg yolks into the well. Pour the olive oil and water over the eggs. Using a FORK, incorporate the egg mixture into the flour.
Use your fingers to thoroughly MIX the dough,
Delicately KNEAD the dough with your fingertips.
Pat the dough into a small round. Flour it and ROLL it with a rolling pin until it is 2 mm thick.
Take a pasta wheel and cut the dough into WIDE strips. Cut the strips at an angle into large pieces.
Set them aside and prepare the sauce:
Coarsely CHOP the pine nuts and mix them with the herbs.
Place the herb mixture, olive oil and grated cheese in a bowl. Mix Mix and CRUSH it with a spoon until it is a thick paste.
This may also be done in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle.
Notes: This pasta is said to resemble cleaning cloths ("stracchi") and it is from this term that it gets its name. Nepitella, or mentuccia, is a type of wile mint.
Dry white table wine: Vino da tavola
Servings: 2 people
Flour 2 cups/290 g
Egg yolks 3
Olive oil 2 tsp
Water 2 tbs
Fresh finely chopped basil, parsley, mint, lemon balm 1 tbs each
Finely chopped marjoram, thyme, sage leaves, rosemary, nepitella, tarragon 1 tsp each
Pine nuts 1 tbs
Extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup/60 ml
Fresh, hard sheep's cheese or grated Parmesan cheese 2 tbs
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Mortar and pestle or food processor (optional)
Pasta pot Strainer