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Seaweed Pasta


Seaweed is being touted as "the new kale." And a little while back, kale was the new spinach. So keeping with the green-hued culinary zeitgeists, here is a recipe for freshly made pasta with foraged local seaweed. While Italians shun our multi- flavored pastas and firmly believe that the flavor is in the sauce, it is our right as citizens of a young country with a constantly evolving culinary tradition to introduce whatever we want into our noodles. And seaweed pasta with local anchovies sounded is so right.


Ingredients:

2 cups semolina flour

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

4 large eggs

4 tablespoons of seaweed (We used wakame, kombu, and sea palm. Any or all of these work well. Nori is not the right color and texture for this.)

Equipment:

Pasta Maker

Mixer (optional)


Put your flour in a bowl and make a well in the center. Put the eggs in another bowl and beat them. Introduce the eggs into the center of the well and blend them together.


You can also combine them in a mixer.



You can add seaweed dry, in chopped into fine pieces, or soak it in water- the second way just makes the pasta greener.




Scatter flour on your work space, and begin flattening and then folding the dough. Start to knead the dough, working out any air pockets. Then wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for a half an hour. Then divide the dough into four equal parts. Keep the sections you aren't using covered with a cloth so they don't dry out.


Take one of your quarters and put it through the pasta machine on a thick setting. When it's flatter, almost sheet like, fold it into thirds, and repeat two more times.



Put the rolled dough through the pasta machine on a noodle setting. We used the fettuccine setting. Roll it through, and then gently lay the pasta onto a tray that's sprinkled with semolina flour. If the pasta feels sticky, you can hang it on a pasta rack, or open a cupboard and hang it over this.

To cook the pasta, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for 4-5 minutes.


Double down on the umami by serving this with anchovies. You can make smoked anchovy butter, and toss the pasta with this, parsley, and red chili flakes. Another is preserved lemons and anchovy sauce. The third is Colatura di Alici di Cetara, a wonderful essence of anchovy sauce from Italy. (I tried to make something like this once, a garum, and it was a disaster.) The real stuff is sublime. The anchovy sauce is sauteed with olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, salt, pepper, and parsley.


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