Golden orange strands of pasta with a sweet slight roasted flavour. A new flavour to enjoy. Fresh pasta has a wonderful silky soft texture that cooks quickly
3 medium carrots, ends trimmed, cut onto long quarters
3 tsp olive
1½ tsp sweet paprika
½ tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp ground cumin
extra 2 tsp olive oil
350g plain flour
1 tsp salt flakes
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp olive oil
extra plain flour for dusting
Simple carrot, parmesan and herb sauce
200g freshly grated parmesan
2 cups fresh herbs such as flat leaf parsley, chives and oregano, chopped
Preheat oven to 200C (180C fan forced) and line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the carrots on the tray and drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with paprika and cumin. Roast 30 minutes or until very tender. Puree with the extra olive oil into a smooth paste/sauce.
Attach the flat beater and mixing bowl to the stand mixer. Add the flour, salt, eggs, oil and 3 tbs of the carrot puree (the remainder will be used later) to the mixing bowl.
Mix on speed 2 until mixture just comes together. Change to the dough hook and knead on speed 1 or 2 for 3-5 minutes or until dough is smooth and very soft. Dough can be slightly sticky so a little extra flour can be added if needed.
Wrap the pasta in plastic and “rest” in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Cut into 4 even, thick slices.
Attach the pasta roller to the stand mixer. Dust the roller and pasta lightly with a little extra flour.
Attach pasta sheet roller to stand mixer. Take one section of dough and pat out to flatten. Adjust the roller setting to 1. Turn mixer to Speed 4 and feed the dough into rollers. Fold dough in half and feed through again.
Repeat this step twice, adjusting the rollers to setting 2, then 3, then 4 for each roll progressively.
Lay the lasagna sheet over a pasta stand or on lightly floured surface. Repeat with remaining dough until you have 4 sheets of pasta.
Attach the fettuccine cutter attachment to the stand mixer. Turn the mixer to speed 4. Lightly flour the cutter and pasta. Gently feed each sheet into the cutter. Lay the fettuccine onto a lightly floured surface or pasta stand.
Bring a large pan of salted water to a rapid boil. Cook the pasta for 3 minutes or until just tender. Drain well and immediately toss with the remaining carrot puree, parmesan and herbs.
* For great results, if time allows, let lasagna sheets dry for around 30 minutes on a pasta rack or lightly floured surface before feeding through the fettuccine cutter.
* The pasta is softer with the carrot added so handle gently.
* Flour the pasta and roller/cutter regularly to prevent sticking.
* High protein flour often labeled bread /pasta flour is available from good supermarkets and can also be used.