Lambasahani : DIY Pasta with Guinness Beef Sauce
I never knew how easy it is to make pasta from scratch.
When I found out a couple of years ago I was ecstatic. Now I’m very much the D.I.Y kind of girl and the idea that I could make my own pasta? HELLO count me in! So first, do you need any special equipment? Apart from the complex machines attached to your shoulders-NO! (Unless you must absolutely be fancy you can use a pasta roller but it’s not a necessity.) Additionally, there is a rustic quality in hand rolled pasta that makes it unique and quite homey. Second, you only need 3 ingredients ….THREE!!! Need I say more?
If you need any more incentive you can pair this with a boozy meat sauce…sold?
- 100gm flour
- 1 egg
- A dash of olive oil. (Any vegetable oil really)
- 1 onion
- 1 tomato
- 2 carrots
- ¼ kg beef
- 200ml Guinness
- 1 tablespoon rosemary
- ½ teaspoon chilli
- 1 teaspoon pilau masala
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1 head of garlic
- A bunch of spinach
- Measure out your flour.
- Chop your onions, tomato and carrots.
- Grate the garlic cloves (as much as you like)
- Wash and Shred your spinach
- Mix your flour and egg and oil and knead the flour to a soft dough.
- Once your dough is combined cover in cling film and chill for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Once it is chilled take it out; and roll it out as thin as possible.
- Then fold it over itself and cut off strips.
- Boil the strips in rapidly boiling water. Salt the water.
- Boil for 4-5 minutes.
- Melt some butter in a pan with some fresh coriander leaves.
- Add your spinach to the butter and fry till it wilts down.
- Drain your pasta and add to the butter sauce.
Guinness beef sauce.
- Heat some oil in a saucepan and add a ½ teaspoon of salt and let the pan smoke.
- Add the cubed beef and fry it off.
- Add the grated garlic cloves and chopped onions.
- Sweat off the onions till translucent and soft.
- Add your spices and chopped tomato and fry.
- Add ½ cup of water and your Guinness. Simmer for one hour.
- Turn off the heat and let it rest for a few minutes.
Serve hot with your pasta!
For more of Zawadi’s amazing Kenyan recipes check out her blog.