Monday, September 2, 2013

Homemade Noodles - LAZANKI # Vegan MoFo

Can you make homemade noodles in less than an hour using pantry ingredients you have on hand at this very moment? I deem this to be true. Don't you believe me? Scroll down to the ingredients list, and check your pantry. I will wait...was I right? I bet I was.

These noodles differ from other types of pasta in that they are thick, and do not require to be suspended in the air to dry. Furthermore, you do not need any special tools to make these noodles other than a roller and a pizza cutter. I bet you have these already too.

Lazanki (noodles) are traditionally served during Christmas. Some people prepare them with sweet poppy seed dressing while others eat them with cabbage and mushrooms. I eat them with tomato sauce. That's right!


Homemade noodles with tomato sauce and vegan parmesan
Ingredients (Makes 2 servings)
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting the work surface
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground sea salt, depending on preference
2 tablespoons olive oil (vegetable oil may be substituted)
3 tablespoons cold water, plus 1/2 tablespoon, as needed

In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, salt, oil, and 3 tablespoons of water. Knead the dough for about 2 minutes, and add the remaining water as needed. The dough should be moist, but not too sticky.

This is what the dough should look like.
Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap, and put it in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator and roll out the dough as thin as you can. Like this.

Use a pizza-cutter to slice the dough to shapes of choice. Traditional lazanki (noodles) are broad and shaped like this.

Separate the noodles and allow 15 minutes to dry prior to boiling. Like this.

So easy! 
While the noodles are drying, bring a medium sized pot of water to boil. Once boiling, add all the noodles, lower the heat to medium-low and cook the noodles for about 5 minutes. Stir often. The noodles will float to the top when ready. Serve with favorite sauce. These are great pan-fried too!


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