From time to time I run across things on Pinterest and think to myself, is this for real!? This recipe was one of those.
So I was puruzing (is that even a real word?) Pinterest like I like to do, and I ran across a picture of this beautiful dark brown pasta. I clicked on it, and it got bigger, why this is necessary I don't know. Again I clicked on it and it led me to Cathi Iannone's blog The Brooklyn Ragazza. The post was called Award-Winning, Chocolate Pasta ~ Pasta di Cacao and I was awed by the beautiful pictures that were upon my screen. I began reading and quickly realized this wasn't some bogus post this was some legit pasta that I had to try. So I did!
Rather than post her recipe I would encourage you to follow the links above and visit her blog, she has tons of other beautiful posts that I intend to try sooner or later.
I will note that I strayed from her recipe a little and used standard King Arthur AP Flour. They make a King Arthur Flour Italian-Style Flour, 3 lbs. (Google Affiliate Ad) that is more like a "00" like she calls for in the recipe but I couldn't find it local.
I also used Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa because it was the best I could find at the supermarket. I would guess you could find better and it would make this awesome pasta even awesomer.
I followed the recipe and I'll let the cell phone photos speak from here....
I combined all the ingredients in the Kitchenaid until the dough would barely stick together. It will seem very dry but that is perfect. I then made a ball and covered in plastic wrap for a 30-45 minute rest.
Then onto the rollers. Like all pasta, start out on the widest setting and work your way down with every pass. I worked mine down from 0 to 5 on the Kitchenaid roller.
Then onto the fettuccine cutter....
While all of that was going on I tossed a couple of seasoned chicken breasts on the BBQ and started my Alfredo Sauce.
The Alfredo Recipe I use is quite simple and easy to make but it takes time and patience.
- 1 ½ Cup Heavy Cream
- 1 ½ Cup Milk
- 6 Tablespoons Butter (yeah the real stuff, don't even try to cheat)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Add all to medium saucepan and slowly bring to a boil over medium heat, lower the temperature to a simmer and continue to stir occasionally making sure not to burn the bottom. Simmer until the sauce begins to thicken ~20 minutes. Serve immediately to avoid separation.
Boil your noodles, prepare your cooked chicken, add sauce and enjoy!
In closing this was some of the most incredible pasta I have made to date. Like Cathi says, this is a savory pasta. So it plays with your mind a little, naturally you think of chocolate as being sweet yet this is not.