SRC: Homemade Tagliatelle Primavera (Tagliatelle with Asparagus, Bacon and Hazelnuts)

Homemade Tag

by Holly on April 9, 2012

Well, my efforts to post all through March ended up in a dismal failure. Cole, poor kid, after being so foully sick with adenovirus for the first couple of weeks ended up passing it on, complete with a side of pink eye, to Kayla. Needless to say we’ve been in a madhouse dealing with sick babes and grumpy, bored preschoolers. Thankfully everyone is well again now, and just in time for their spring break this past week… which really just meant that the crazy busy effect was still in full swing. A house that was clean is now once again a mess and a mountain of laundry awaits during this week’s continued crazy schedule of school, preschool, swimming lessons for the boys, a therapy-music class for Kayla, finding a new preschool for Cole in the Fall, regular therapy sessions for Kayla and a counseling session for Aidan, etc etc etc. – I wish that were all of it but my head is spinning just thinking of the week ahead and the insane amounts of caffeine I know I’ll be making myself sick on just to get through the day and keep from drowning in it.

Why and how on Earth does any of this remotely relate to the fact that my first post in a couple of week’s again now, and this month’s Secret Recipe Club post???

Well, here is my convoluted logic.

I hated the month of March this year. Hated. It. Between the husband’s work and travel schedule and all the kids having sick or busy issues out the wahzoo last month was just shy of a nightmare. March was on my &%*$ list for sure, and April was officially on notice.

April is usually a favorite month of mine because it’s my birthday on the 20th- self-serving, I know, but there you go. I like my birthday. 🙂  Well, guess what? My blog assignment for this month just so happens to belong to the charming Alessio over at Recipe Taster, who just so happens to  share the same birthday! So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALESSIO!!

He is a living in Bonn, Germany and is an amazing foodie (and all around super smart guy!) who makes inspiring and über creative dishes and takes gorgeous photography, whiles sharing stories about life in Europe. Basically, the stuff I dream of! One day I will get to go see Europe, but that day seems further and further away all the time so it is lovely to catch glimpses of life from places that I dream of seeing, and seeing it through Alessio’s eyes doesn’t disappoint.

And still, how does my tirade about March fit in??

Here’s why.

Alessio’s beautiful recipes, photos and stories helped me slow down and remember why I love cooking. Even during busy times, sometimes I need to remember that the time and effort put into making a fabulous meal doesn’t have to be hours and hours and lots of courses to be a hit. The love the creativity of it and the chance to make something from scratch that my family will eat and that will nourish their bodies is what I love about it.

And my boys do love pasta, so with all the gorgeous and creative choices on his blog there was no shortage of inspiration.

Looking through those recipes inspired me to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and last week, even though we were in the middle of spring break, kids everywhere, running around, driving me crazy, I decided to make homemade pasta, and roll it out by hand since I have no pasta rolling machine. Alessio, of course, has many stunning pasta dishes on his blog so in my mind it was a natural fit and the perfect way to slow down a bit and remember why I love being in the kitchen.

One recipe I kept coming back to was his Tagliatelle with Walnuts and Pork Sauce Sicilian StyleI loved the idea of adding nuts to the pasta dish since I’ve mentioned here before that my husband’s usual critique of what I make is that it needs nuts. This should then be one dish that he shouldn’t complain about.

I actually tried to make pasta by hand several years ago and it was a dismal failure because, apparently, I just didn’t have the patience to roll out the pasta thinly enough. Well, last week I did! I guess it helps being distracted from the task at hand and spending time being interrupted because those minutes of letting the dough rest between rolling it out seemed to do the trick for me!

The title above is my nod at trying to name a dish in another language. I don’t know what I’m doing, so hopefully the title translates along the lines of “Springtime Tagliatelle” – which all things considered probably still doesn’t make sense, but since it’s our birthday this month, hopefully you (and Alessio 😉 will forgive my lame attempt and feel free to correct me in the comments!

This version of Alessio’s Tagliatelle I know is a departure from his sauce recipe, but it is all inspired by taking Alessio’s lead and using fresh pasta, along with a balance of complementing fresh ingredients, keeping the preparation simple, and being creative to put together a satisfying meal. In this case I made the Tagliatelle from scratch, using my Kitchen Aid to mix and knead the dough and then letting it rest before rolling it out by hand. The noodles were then rolled, cut and boiled before being tossed with a mixture of ingredients I had been sautéing while waiting for the pasta dough to rest while I was rolling it out. It took some multitasking, but nothing too difficult. I started out with some olive oil and a little butter, then some garlic and shallots, then some chopped bacon I had already cooked separately (I wanted to use pancetta here, but just flat out ran out of time to go to the store and had bacon on hand), and then some fresh asparagus and chopped hazelnuts. The whole thing was then dabbed with some creamy goat cheese for a little bit of a tangy sauce along and a bit of salt and pepper. That was it.

My kids are funny, because even as picky as they are, these are the kinds of dishes they love, and they did love this meal! Go figure!

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Melissa@IWasBornToCook April 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

Looks amazing. Nothing beats homemade pasta!

sara April 9, 2012 at 11:13 am

Oh my gosh, this dish looks amazing! That homemade pasta looks absolutely divine, and the perfect match for asparagus and bacon. Yum!

Krista April 9, 2012 at 11:14 am

Heaven in a bowl. April, here we come…watch out! Even if the middle is weird the end will be considerably better when we get our girl’s day out!

susie April 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

I always seem to make the same pasta shapes…bucatini, linguini, orrechiette. I am excited to put tagliatelle on the list…this looks like an wonderful meal to share with friends!

Alessio April 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Awww Holly… This was one of the nicest post I have read in a long time! I am so happy to be able to have inspired you to create such a delicious looking pasta.
I totally love your flavor combination!! We gotta share our interpretations of this dish when you will come visit Europe. Shall we do it our next birthday??? 😀

Happy Birthday to you my dear 😀

Holly April 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Oh Alessio! You are so welcome. I meant every word. I needed that last month and love that kind of effortless creativity in cooking that you are so good at. It reminds me it doesn’t have to be over complicated to turn out amazing results. Definitely an attitude that get’s buried too often here in the States. I am SO putting a trip to visit on next year’s birthday wish list! 😉

Danielle April 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I’m seriously impressed! Homemade pasta is on my list of things that I want to make sometime soon. I just never seem to have the time! Yours turned out beautifully!

Cookaholicwife April 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Happy early birthday! Mine is this month as well. 🙂 The pasta looks amazing! I’ve been wanting to make my own for a while now. I think this recipe just convinced me. 🙂

Shelby April 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm

This is definitely a dish up my alley, great ingredients (asparagus, bacon, AND pasta! YUM!)

Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen April 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Wow this sounds fabulous! Your pasta looks lovely and the ‘sauce’ sounds divine. I also hope that April brings lots of lovely things your way! My birthday is this week and my March was also a bit of disaster, so I’m hoping for good things too.

Dana B April 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Great post and the recipe looks great! Happy Early Birthday!!

Amy @ A Little Nosh April 12, 2012 at 6:52 am

What a beautiful dish!

Lisa~~ April 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Happy early birthday and I hope that everyone stays healthy this month. Your pasta looks amazing and I’m saving this recipe to make…probably with store bought pasta so not as wonderful but I know the flavors will be a hit in our home.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Fruit, Nut & Poppy Seed Chicken Salad.

Cook Lisa Cook

kristy lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty April 15, 2012 at 10:11 am

absolutely beautiful. you have great photography skills as well!!

A: i love your random segway. i do those all the time. eventually, things relate. haha..

B: i can’t believe you rolled your pasta by hand. I adore my pasta roller/maker and i have very little patience so i am currently in awe of you.

happy src reveal from a group D member.

cookingrookie April 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I don’t think I don’t know how to pronounce tagliatelle, but it looks delicious :-). I especially love the touch of hazelnuts, I just recently discovered that you can actually cook them and add them to savory dishes – so good! Great pick for SRC and beautiful pic! What a shame we’re in different groups and I don’t get your blog as an assignment…

cookingrookie April 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm

oops, we are in the same group ;-), I just got to see this post a bit late – yey!

Kim Bee May 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Now this rocks my socks off. I love everything about it. I am going on the assumption since some time has passed that the kids are recovered and doing well. Nothing worse than sick little ones. Well, except sick little ones and a sick mom to boot. Ugh right. I also drink copious amounts of caffeine to make it through most days. Otherwise I’d be curled up in a corner crying myself to sleep.

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