Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Having Fun With Whole Wheat Pasta


It's so much fun to make pasta and the flavor is so much better than store-bought plus you can control what goes into it.

This time my daughter wanted to help me. I used 100% whole wheat and made the dough, adding a little olive oil (2 tablespoons of oil for 1 cup of whole wheat flour), since whole wheat has a tendency to be dry. We also added about a tablespoon of dried basil into the dough.


My daughter helped rolling it out, and then we cut up the pasta into her favorite shapes using Play-Doh cutters (nope, I don't have cookie cutters at home - but you can use whatever you have on hand). We made moons and bears and butterflies...


Just drop into heavily salted, boiling water and cook till done (about 5-7 minutes). Drain and toss with your favorite pasta sauce or just cheese, butter and herbs. It was an easy and delicious dinner.

21 comments:

Raaga said...

totally agree... and mixing spices in the dough makes it so flavourful :-)

Swati Raman Garg said...

kavya is a darling and it shows in the pasta.. so cool.. i will try adding some oregano... only u can come up with such ideas na anu?

Sunshinemom said...

Cool! The duck looks so definite and pretty even from a distance:)

raaji said...

hoho playing with dough and making shapes out of them used to be my job as kid....yaa making them at home is real nice thing to do...

DEESHA said...

cool .. they looks soo cute

Sangeeth said...

very creative and fun activity

Divya Vikram said...

Looks cute!

Cham said...

wow, that is fun if we have a kid and much easier to make them eat also!

Bharti said...

How fun! My son and I are checking out the shapes and enjoying them as well.
BTW, ever heard of fresh pasta w/o eggs? I've never come across a fresh pasta recipe that doesn't call for eggs. Thanks goodness (for me) the dried kind don't have eggs.

mitr_bayarea said...

So, so cute- its nice that your daughter helped too.

mitr_bayarea said...

So, so cute- its nice that your daughter helped too.

Mallika said...

Very cute (and clever). I think she's a food blogger in the making...

Ranjani said...

So cute!! bet it was a fun activity from om and daughter:)

Arundathi said...

Raaga - Yup, it sure does.

Swati - :) Thanks. Oregano is a great idea.

Sunshinemom - Doesn't it! lol! I enjoyed it too!

Raaji - its so much fun - wish i had been doing this as a kid!

Deesha - thanks!

Sangeeth - Thanks.

Divya Vikram - Thanks.

Cham - so true - we had lots of fun

Bharti - I don't recall seeing a recipe without eggs - I'll definitely try and find one

Mitr_bayarea - thanks.

Mallika - hmm not sure about blogger, but definitely a foodie.

Ranjani - Yes it sure was!

Jayashree said...

Awww...that looks so cute, Anu.

Aparna Inguva said...

What a nifty idea,, Health food and fun looking you must have gotten all the cool mom points on this one eh?

Usha said...

Very cool...looks cute too :)

Arundathi said...

Jayashree - Thanks!

Aparna Inguva - yup, sure did! now if only there was something I could do with veggies!

Usha - thank you!

Bellini Valli said...

Your daughter would love these for their cute shapes plus the fact that she was able to help "mommy" to make them:D

Madhuram said...

Awesome, I love that cute little duck and butterfly.

Arundathi said...

Valli - thanks - she did love them

Madhu - lol - I loved the duckie too!