Monday, August 4, 2008

Basil Pasta Noodles

The August and September 2008 issue of Taste Of Home Magazine has some recipes listed that feature the herb sweet basil, and since I have a large supply of basil growing in containers in my garden, I decided to try a few.

The home made basil noodle recipe was an absolute winner that I will be making again soon!



1 and 1/4 cups fresh basil leaves
3 cups flour
3 eggs
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons olive oil

Place basil in a food processor, cover and process until finely chopped. Add flour, process until blended. Add eggs, water, and oil. Process 15 - 20 seconds or until dough forms a ball. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 - 10 minutes. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes. Divide into fourths.

Below you can see the dough ball in the food processor, ready to be placed on the floured board to be kneaded.

On a floured surface , roll each portion of dough to 1/16 inch thickness.

Roll up jelly roll style and cut into 1/4 inch slices. Separate and unroll the slices carefully.

Hang to dry on a pasta rack, or let stand on a clean towel for one hour.

Cook noodles in boiling salted water for 4 - 5 minutes or until tender, drain and serve.

Yield is 8 servings. I made a Tuscan tomato meat ragu sauce to top our noodles.

The basil taste was not overpowering, and the noodle consistency was wonderful!

Bravo "Taste of Home"!


Beverly said...

Pat, you are so good. These look and sound delicious. You actually make me want to go try some right now. I haven't ever prepared pasta from scratch.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Ohhhh, but it's soooo green! LOL!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Looks wonderful Pat!

Tracy said...

OOOooo...this looks scrumptious! I miss Taste of Home magazine, and try to pick it up on trips home to the States. I've not made homemade pasta in a long time--this really inspires me! But my one lone basil plant won't yield enough leaves for this recipe. I have some spinch...maybe I'll do spinch pasta in the meantime! I like this easier, rustic approach to making the pasta, don't really need a pasta machine. I feel so hungry now--LOL! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Pat! Happy week, my friend ((HUGS)) Oh, stop by when you can--I'm having some gift giveaway fun this week at my place :o)

Tara said...


YUmmy looking! I am back form our vaca-hope you can hop over for a visit! We had a super time!


Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

That looks delicious! You make it look so simple for cooking challenged folks like me! LOL

Have a wonderful day in NYC!


Betsy said...

Pasta from scratch....wonderful! Funny that it's called "pasta" and "noodle" together...seems redundant! But it looks delicious!
I'll be over for leftovers...there ARE leftovers, aren't there? ha-ha

Linda Lou said...

Pat, what a great way to use your basil, i only have one measly plant on my patio, but it sounds and looks delicious!

Dee Dee said...

Well that looks pretty amazing. I have an Italian friend that makes all of her pasta noodles each month...going way back with traditional ways in her family. You've made me want to dash out and get a food processor :)

steviewren said...

Your basil pasta sounds yummy. My son made basil Parmesan ravioli once and it was to die for. I love the taste of fresh basil. And the smell.

One of my favorite sandwich recipes comes from Taste of Home. I'll have to share it sometime.

Camille said...

Oh, that looks pretty simple and delicious! I like that you didn't use a pasta makers. I don't have one yet. I have a lot of basil and will give this a whirl this week.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pat, ooo the smell of fresh basil! Your kitchen must be smelling amazing after cooking that. Would you believe I've never made my own pasta?! Shocking! I may just have a bash as soon as I've tamed the house. We've been up in the Lakes so I'm catching up with the washing and the rest of the mess.
I'm now in the mood for pesto sauce! :-)

Junie Moon said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so impressed with your basil noodles. What a fun thing to do. Okay, I'm adding it to my never-ending list of things I want to try. It looks so yummy!

Kathy said...

Good morning Pat, I feel like I am back in Italy, your "Basil pasta noodles" all home made looks wonderful. I enjoyed your fave prayer yesterday and the music. Hope your daughter had a fun time, hugs, Kathy.

Michele said...

That's a great way to use up basil! I mean, how much pesto can you eat!

Pat said...


This recipe is really simple to make. I will have to experimant with other ingrediants like spinach and cooked carrots someday.

If you try it please let me know!

Strider said...

I wasn't going to eat lunch today....but your post has inspired me....I'm off to eat!

Alex said...

Ohhh, this looks so yummy!! I'll have to have my hubby make it for me as soon as I can eat real food again! ;-)

Hope you had a good day.

LL said...

This looks fantastic! What a unique way to use basil. Thanks for the recipe, I am thinking I just may try it!

Lisa B. said...

I've always been afraid of trying noodles but you make it look so easy! I think I'll save your receipe for this winter when things slow down and give them a try! Thanks:)

Love the prayer in the previous post BTW!

Joanne Kennedy said...

I've never made pasta from scratch either but I'm sure going to give it go now!

Is that right? Eleven and 1/4 cups of basil? How do you measure basil? Do you pack it down in the measure cup or leave it pretty loose? Do you measure it with whole leafs or cut up? I've never made anything with that much basil before so sorry for sounding so dumb.

This sounds so good. I can't wait to try it.


Gina said...

This is very impressive Pat!! They look delicious..I must have a go at making pasta one have given excellent instructions here..yummo!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, how delicious-looking and sounding!


Proud Italian Cook said...

Mmmmm, San Marzano,homemade basil pasta!! Can I come over and eat all this goodness? Looks fantastic Pat!

LOUISE said...

That's a very attractive tin your herbs are growing in. The pasta dish looks delicious, how I could eat a plateful now. x