Sourdough Pasta

This month is Sourdough Surprises third anniversary, and it’s a special ‘choose your own adventure’ challenge. As I only joined in about a year ago this is a great chance for me to catch up on some of the recipes I missed.

Checking the recipe archive is rather overwhelming – so many things to chose from! After eliminating anything I’ve already tried, and anything that unseasonal, the following things caught my eye:

Cinnamon rolls as a breakfast treat has been lying around on my cooking spreadsheet for a while, so that’s certainly an option.

We’ve got some of Soph’s ragu in the freezer, so making some sourdough pasta to go with that would make an easy evening meal. Also I’ve been fancying the idea of rolling fresh herbs form the garden into pasta, as James Martin does.

The scones, cakes, and brownies & blondies all looked delicious, but I didn’t think they were benefitting from the sourdough very much. Most recipes had strong flavours that would overpower any sourdough flavour, and if any leavening was needed it seemed to come from baking powder rather than the sourdough.

To be honest I felt the same way about the cookies, but I need to re-up our supply of emergency cookies in the freezer, so adding some sourdough to them as an experiment is another option.

I’d love to do all three… but the Sourdough Surprises posting day falling on a Friday, combined with other plans we have, makes this hard… so I’m just going to go with the pasta for dinner, and hopefully do the cinnamon rolls later.

Herb Rolled Pasta

My normal pasta recipe is two eggs (100g) and 200g flour, so what I’m going to do is replace one of the eggs with 66g of rye sourdough starter, but that didn’t come together, so I kept adding more until it came together, probably about 100g, maybe a bit more, in the end:

  • 200g pasta flour
  • 1 egg
  • 100g+ rye starter (200% hydration)
  • Selection of whole leaves from the herb garden

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So pasta stuff in the machine.

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And after the extra starter brought it together:

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Then into the fridge:

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Then it gets rolled out in the pasta machine as usual.

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But before shredding into tagliatelle I’ll put the leaves on the pasta.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThen fold over.

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And re-roll to seal the leaves in.

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Cut into tagliatelle.

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Fry up mushrooms in butter.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAdd Soph’s ragu.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESPasta into sauce, as is the correct way of things.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESServe with grated parmesan.

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And mmm! OK that’s mostly Soph’s ragu, little to do with the sourdough pasta – but the herbs did add to the flavour, and it was fun to do!


Check out the other anniversary Sourdough Surprises!

5 thoughts on “Sourdough Pasta

  1. Tasty AND fun – that sounds like a good recipe choice. I’m curious: did much sourdough flavor come through in the pasta? and did the starter-for-egg exchange change the texture? I love fresh basil and sage rolled in ravioli sheets, but never thought to try a sourdough version. Mmmmm, this post prompts hunger pangs!

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    1. We didn’t’ taste any sourdough flavour (over the herbs and garlic-heavy ragu :)

      The texture of the pasta felt like normal pasta. I was happily surprised that my “add until it comes together” pasta actually had the mouthfeel of pasta!

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  2. I probably will – it added a nice extra depth to the flavour, and thee’s always some sourdough discard lying around to us up!

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