Fresh Pasta dough your tummy will thank you for, Homemade Agnolotti (it’s kinda like ravioli) Recipe+how to Video

Making fresh pasta is a lot of messy fun.  The flour may be flying but the end result is so worth it.  You really don’t need any special equipment to make fresh pasta, just a bowl and a rolling pin,  but a food processor and a pasta machine make things so much easier.

Pasta dough recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 eggs

1 tablespoon olive oil

½  teaspoon salt


Food processor directions

Add all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade.

Process until the dough forms a ball.

Remove the dough from the processor and knead on your floured counter top and by hand until smooth

The dough should be slightly sticky.  Wrap the dough in plastic and let it rest on the counter for 30 minutes.

Rolling the Pasta by Pasta Machine

Divide the dough into 4 sections, work with one section at a time keeping the other sections wrapped in plastic.

Sprinkle the pasta maker with a little flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking.

Set your pasta machine to the widest setting, on my machine the widest setting is number 1.  Flatten your dough into a rectangle about ¼ inch thick and roll through the pasta machine.

 Fold the pasta into thirds and roll through the pasta machine on the widest setting. Repeat the process once more. This conditions the dough and makes it less likely to tear.

Reduce the setting on your pasta machine by one and roll the dough through. Repeat the process reducing the setting on your pasta machine by one size each time until you reach your desired thickness.

You can use these pasta sheets for lasagna or cut them into fettuccine if you like.

After folding the dough, Roll the dough at the largest setting.
After folding the dough, Roll the dough at the widest  setting.  Repeat this process three times to condition the dough.  Then reduce the width setting on your machine one size each time you pass the dough through.  I rolled the dough for the agnolotti to setting 7 which is very thin.  If you try it you may want to roll your dough out to setting 6, that will be easier to work with and still thin enough.
Pipe out the filling on the pasta sheet
Pipe out the filling on the pasta sheet and fold the dough over the filling twice.  Press the dough down in one inch intervals to seal the agnolotti.  Cut between each section.  Cover any unused dough with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out
Sweet potato Agnolotti filling makes about 100 agnolotti3 medium sweet potatoes about 8 ounces each

1/3 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon granulated garlic

Roast the sweet potatoes at 350° until tender, about 1 ½ hours.  Let the potatoes cool.

Dice the sweet potatoes and place into a food processor with the blade attachment

Process until smooth. Season with salt and granulated garlic.  Add cream and process to combine.

The sweet potato filling can be made 2 days in advance and stored in your refrigerator.

This is the finished dish,Sweet potato agnolotti with sauteed bay scallops and cream. Finally an excuse to use these scallop shells I bought years ago
This is the finished dish,Sweet potato agnolotti with sauteed bay scallops and cream. Finally an excuse to use these scallop shells I bought years ago

After boiling the pasta in salted water for 2 minutes you can toss it in some browned butter and serve.  I made a cream sauce with sauteed Bay scallops and wilted spinach.

Scallops with spinach in cream sauce


1 pound fresh agnolotti


1 pound bay scallops

4 ounces spinach

1 tablespoon olive oil or butter

½ cup heavy cream

Salt and cayenne pepper     (optional) to taste


Boil water . Add 2 tablespoons salt to the water. Add Agnolotti and bring the water back to a boil. Cook Agnolotti for 2 minutes. Drain

Pat the scallops dry. Chiffonade spinach (cut into 1/3 inch ribbons)  Heat skillet over medium/high and add oil or butter. Sauté scallops for 2 minutes tossing to cook both sides.  Stir in spinach and cook until it wilts. Add cream and simmer 2 minutes. Season with salt and cayenne pepper

      Add cooked Agnolotti and serve




Callaway Gardens Dining-The Gardens Restaurant

gardening, plants, Callaway Gardens
Here’s part two of my Callaway Gardens post. I needed to do a whole other post about our dinner at The Garden Restaurant at Callaway Gardens. This flower will be the only non food thing in this post…enjoy.

During our stay at Callaway Gardens we dined at The Gardens Restaurant, the most upscale of the many dining options at Callaway. So upscale in fact that my husband made sure to teach our kids to eat like sophisticated people, both pinkies out please.

Let’s start with the appetizers:

Callaway Garden, The Garden Restaurant at Callaway gardens, crab cake, appetizer
The kids split a crab cake appetizer with lemon butter sauce and micro greens. They both loved the crab cake but my daughter raved about the sauce.
garden salad, The Gardens Restautant, Callaway Gardens
My husband had a fresh, crisp  garden salad for his appetizer. 
New England Clam Chowder, The Gardens Restaurant, Callaway Gardens
My appetizer was a deliciously creamy New England Clam Chowder. With tender clams it was perfect on a cool day.

On to the entrees

Lamb chops, The Gardens Restaurant, Callaway Gardens
My son ordered the Balsamic Marinated Grilled Colorado Lamb Chops
With toasted walnut pesto, Brussels sprouts with pancetta and cheddar grit cake
scallops, the Gardens Restaurant, Callaway Gardens
The scallop entree. Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops, sweet potato puree, maple butter and spaghetti squash. Scallops were perfectly cooked to an almost creamy consistency.
Braised pork shank, The Gardens Restaurant, Callaway Gardens
I ordered Braised Pork Shank
with wild mushroom demi-glace, cheddar grits and sautéed spaghetti squash. DELICIOUS! I love a rich demi glace served with grits to catch it. The texture was perfect, the really know how to cook protein.  They got it right every time. 
Flat Iron steak, The Gardens Restaurant, Callaway Gardens
My daughter had the Marinated Grilled Flat Iron Steak
With wild mushroom demi glace, oven roasted red and gold beets and herb mashed potatoes

Drinks and Dessert

Hot Buttered Rum, Pyrat rum, The Gardens Restaurant, Callaway Gardens
Hot buttered rum with Pyrat rum. Pyrat is the Man’s favorite drank. He was not too sure about the “butter” but once he tasted it he was happy
apple tart, The Gardens Restaurant, Callaway Gardens
And he can’t resist any apple dessert. Warm Apple Galette
With housemade cinnamon ice cream
Pumpkin creme brulee, The Gardens Restaurant, Callaway Gardens
My dessert, pumpkin creme brulee, super creamy and not too sweet
Chocolate lava cake, The Gardens Restaurant, Callaway Gardens
Chocolate Lava Cake
The kids shared this Chocolate ganache center with housemade blood orange ice cream for dessert. They absolutely DESTROYED IT!

Chef de Cuisine Peter Stiles did a fantastic job. Service was smooth, warm and friendly all in all we had a great evening



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