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Simple. Homemade. Spinach Noodles.

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June 23, 2011 / By / , , , , , / 10 Comments

Today I am pleased to introduce you to one of those women: you know, kind, talented, fit, energetic, and gorgeous?

Well now you know one more: Karen W.  (that’s her….over there…)

Karen is a fantastic cook! She agreed to share her “go to” recipe with us…

Just imagine how you will feel like Laura Ingalls Wilder – how you can amaze your friends who assume you spent $$ on the fancy noodles at the store.  And then you say it – “oh these? i made them“.  Seriously, you will make them and then bag them and give them to friends.  they’re that awesome.  (and to top it all off…i know for a fact that Karen makes these with roasted peppers too…i bet we can beg her for the details on them!)

Amazing Karen’s Amazingly Simple Ghetto Fabulous* noodles
(*you’ll see why i call them ghetto fabulous noodles…)
4 cups whole wheat flour, plus plenty for rolling
4 eggs 1 tsp salt
1 16 oz bag frozen spinach….Drained and squished completely dry!!

First I start with the spinach, press it into a strainer and then squeeze it dry into a dish towel (one that you don’t care if it gets green a little…) or paper towel.

squeezing out water

eggs & spinach in food processor

pureed spinach and egg mixture

Pour spinach mixture into flour and stir until combined.

NOTE – you will probably need more water….Anywhere from a couple tablespoons to up to a cup depending on how much you squeezed the spinach, the humidity…etc.

Divide in four portions

they should look like the ones pictured. You don’t want the dough too sticky, it should be semi-firm.

Let the dough rest for 10 minutes, then roll out. And roll it out some more…sprinkle with flour often, and make sure that you keep sprinkling flour underneath. Trust me, from experience, the last thing you want to do is have your dough stick while you’re rolling out. Dust it often, top and bottom! And, keep rolling, you want it to be really thin, and you have to work against the elasticity of the dough. Once it is nice and thin, dust some more flour on top and underneath. (nope, I’m not kidding)  Once you start folding the dough, you’re gonna want all that flour in there so it doesn’t stick to itself.

roll out dough with lots of flour...

enlarge the pic and you can see how it's folded over on itself!

see? the noodles are folded, you unroll them and they're long!

(ok, you have got to love the noodles on the hangers in the window....) that is ghetto fabulous!!

bag 'em up! - keep in freezer or fridge!

Now wash up some coat hangers (G-H-E-T-T-O!!!) or if you have a fancy pasta rack, go for it! hang them to dry overnight, or all day, then bag ’em up! Keep them in the freezer or fridge. All you have to do is boil 5 minutes when you’re ready to chow down. Top with veggies and olive oil…

oh yum, i love artichoke hearts. tomatoes too. this will do juuuust fine!

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10 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, Karen, these look amazing! I’m going to make them this weekend. Wow. I mean, wow. Do you cut the noodles once they’re rolled together? How do you get them in the noodly shape? :)

  2. HMC says:

    You’ve got crazy skill Camille. I’m going to have to try this…going ghetto.

    HMC

    • i do have skill in knowing awesome people (like you)!! I’ll make sure to put Karen on the ‘go to’ list for supplying recipes to us. wanna come take a class with her this summer??

      • Haha! I love the Ghetto part!! That’s what happens when you make a ton of noodles the first time and then start looking around…. “WHAT am I going to do with all of these noodles???” Coat hangers were the only obvious answer. :)

        Yes Meghan, I fold the noodles in half lengthwise, then in half again, and again, (or you can accordion it) and then I cut them into “fettuccine” width with a knife. I’ve found that rolling it makes it harder to unwind the noodles, but it could just be me. :)

        Love the blog, ladies! Especially the balance with Mind, body, and spirit. Always uplifting! :)

      • HMC says:

        Would love to particpate in a healthy cooking class. Since we are on the subject, do you have any healthy homemade pizza dough recipes I can use for my daughter’s bday party this Friday?

  3. LoraDawn says:

    Agreed….Karen is a fabulous healthy cook…..AND a wonderfully kind person.
    Karen rocks!

  4. Heather! Today’s recipe is homemade pizza!! click ‘HOME’ and it should pull it up!! YAY!

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