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

Pre prep

  1. Measure out your flour.
  2. Chop your onions, tomato and carrots.
  3. Grate the garlic cloves (as much as you like)
  4. Wash and Shred your spinach



    1. Mix your flour and egg and oil and knead the flour to a soft dough.
    2. Once your dough is combined cover in cling film and chill for a minimum of 30 minutes.
    3. Once it is chilled take it out; and roll it out as thin as possible.
    4. Then fold it over itself and cut off strips.
    5. Boil the strips in rapidly boiling water. Salt the water.
    6. Boil for 4-5 minutes.
    7. Melt some butter in a pan with some fresh coriander leaves.
    8. Add your spinach to the butter and fry till it wilts down.
    9. Drain your pasta and add to the butter sauce.
      Serve hot!

Guinness beef sauce.

    1. Heat some oil in a saucepan and add a ½ teaspoon of salt and let the pan smoke.
    2. Add the cubed beef and fry it off.
    3. Add the grated garlic cloves and chopped onions.
    4. Sweat off the onions till translucent and soft.
    5. Add your spices and chopped tomato and fry.
    6. Add ½ cup of water and your Guinness. Simmer for one hour.
    7. 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.



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