Between the abundance of rain and the start up of CSA share pick ups, I feel like my world is awash in a sea of green.
Which is fine, because green is my favorite color.
What's not to love about such a happy color? It's so lively. Unless it's mold. Then maybe not so much.
When it came time to make cannelloni from scratch for this month's Daring Cooks challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Right on the cover of Making Artisan Pasta (Aliza Green) is a picture of a spinach/ chicken cannelloni that uses spinach pasta.
I have been having so much fun with this book. Ms. Green goes beyond the traditional egg pasta and covers many pastas from all over the world. There is a pasta in there that uses chestnut flour that I am totally itching to try out. And a sweet potato caramelle. And a sour cherry vareniki. And a chocolate pasta dough (I am itching to throw some cayenne into that one).
Did you know there are people who don't like spinach?
This makes me sad.
Spinach is green and happy. And how can anyone resist baby spinach? It's so darned cute.
And egg yolks... They are happy too. Bright and sunny and yellow. (At least until they are hard boiled, then not so much).
All that spinachy-eggy goodness is blended in with a mixture of A/P, durum and semolina. I even used the "well" method and kneaded my pasta by hand.
Kind of like green PlayDough - only better...
When it came time to roll the dough out, I did pull out the KA pasta attachment.
I can't hand roll anything evenly to save my life. Straight lines and I don't co-exist. Just sayin'
Some where along the way, the squares were stuffed with a chicken-spinach mixture and were baked in a hearty chicken stock/ bechamel sauce blend. Of course, copious amount of finely grated Parmesan-Reggiano and Pecorino Romano found their way in...
And it was declared good. Because is there anything better than homemade pasta?
Manu from Manu’s Menu was our Daring Cooks lovely June hostess and has challenged us to make traditional Italian cannelloni from scratch! We were taught how to make the pasta, filling, and sauces shared with us from her own and her family’s treasured recipes!
Thanks to Manu for throwing us into the middle of this challenge!
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