Chicken Fettuccine With Pesto Cream Sauce
Store bought pasta is one of the most convenient foods around and the dried pasta can be stored in your pantry for a very long time but fresh pasta has a delicate flavor and texture that makes it worth the extra effort. With so many fresh pastas available today why should you make your own? The main reason I like making homemade pasta is because I can control the ingredients and flavors. Store bought fresh pasta contains preservatives and chemicals that can easily be avoided when you make your own pasta. You are also limited only by your imagination when choosing the flavors of your own pasta. Homemade ravioli is best because you can fill it with anything you want and you can avoid the high fat meats common in many commercially prepared ravioli. Homemade pasta is not difficult at all to make once you learn how to make the dough and how to cut your fresh pasta into your desired shape. It is even possible to make chocolate pasta! Do you need a Pasta Machine? It is quite possible to make homemade pasta dough and simply cut it with a knife on a cutting board however a pasta machine will take the work out of some of the kneading and will give your dough a good consistency and uniform thickness.
This technique enables them to prepare pasta dishes at the speed you experience when you visit your favorite pasta restaurant. At home you can utilize this parboiling technique as well. This will allow you to prepare an excellent pasta dish within a short period of time combine this with recipes on pasta and you will be alarmed. Parboiling pasta at home method: Place a large saucepan of salted water(6 liters) on the stove and bring to boil. You now add at least 2 kilogram of pasta and stir till it softens and becomes submerged. Allow the water to return to boiling then cook the pasta for exactly 2 minutes drain the pasta shock using a colander with ice water. When using stranded pasta such as spaghetti or linguine be careful for brittleness. Add enough olive oil to coat each strand placing it in a large enough container cover and refrigerate until needed.
For those on a strict diet however pasta can be made without eggs while the flour and olive oil content still make this pasta healthy. Another option is to use dried pasta. This pasta usually does not contain eggs or oil but is made from 100% semolina flour and is quite firm when cooked. The firmness of this pasta helps lower the GI index to less than bread potatoes and white rice while still providing vitamin B fiber and iron. Dried pasta can be stored up to 3 years but be sure not to store your pasta in glass containers as the sunlight depletes the vitamin B. Is Pasta healthy in other ways too? Yes homemade pasta can be quite healthy. It is not difficult to learn how to make pasta and homemade Pasta can be made even more nutritious with the inclusion of whole wheat flour spinach garlic and herbs that add to the vitamin mineral and fiber content of the pasta. Fiber is another nutrient often lost in modern diets but fiber is necessary for digestive health hormonal balance and the prevention of certain types of cancers.