Cook for the Cure: Fresh Beet Pasta

Those that know me, know I love PINK. And if it’s pink and sparkly ding ding ding. Love it even more. And if it’s pink and for a great cause. Swoon! Well today we’re going pink and it’s definitely for a great cause. I’m honored to help spread the word about COOK FOR THE CURE.  If you’re not familiar, “Cook For The Cure, it’s a program that gives people with the passion for cooking a way to support the fight against breast cancer. Through culinary based fundraising, events, auctions and the sale of pink products, the partnership between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and KitchenAid has raised $8 MILLION in the past decade.”

To do my part I wanted to cook something in honor of Cook for the Cure. I knew I wanted it to be pink and a pasta. Voila homemade fresh beet pasta. I used my handy KitchenAid appliances every step of the way. I have to confess that this was my first experience using KitchenAid pasta attachments for my KitchenAid stand mixer. I had previously only ever made pasta using my old school hand crank machine {which I love and I’m happy I know how to use} but WOW at how easy and quickly I was able to make pasta using the attachments. I’m smitten and will certainly be making fresh pasta more often I can tell you that !

Isn’t the color of the pasta gorgeous! I must tell you that it does lighten once cooked, making it more of a blush pink. I didn’t showcase a sauce today because it was all about the homemade pasta but a meat sauce would pair beautifully. And I have to tell you about that plate, it’s designed by Chef Jacques Pepin and it’s meant to passed on. My sweet friend SOMMER passed it to me and I will be PASSING THE PLATE too!

EDITED TO ADD: Thank you for your entries. Contest has ended. CONGRATULATIONS to Entry #53 THE CILANTROPIST / 07/15/2011 who wrote  “And don’t know why I didn’t ‘like’ you on facebook, but now I surely do. :D” Please email your mailing address and phone number to paula@bellalimento.com and we’ll get your shiny new pink KitchenAid Blender in the mail to you!

And now I’m giddy to tell you that KitchenAid has graciously offered a 5 speed artisan Series Blender w/ 56 oz Blend & Serve Pitcher to ONE LUCKY WINNER!  And she’s PINK!

Blender Features:

  • Exceptional Blending System
  • 5 Speeds
  • 56-Oz. Blend & Serve Pitcher
  • Stay-Put Lid w/Ingredient Cup
  • Patented stainless steel blade is positioned on four different planes for fast, thorough blending.
  • Steel-Reinforced Coupler

To enter:

  1. Visit the KitchenAid SITE and tell us what product you’d love to own. No taking shortcuts, be specific!Bonus Entries: {you must leave a separate comment for each bonus entry in order for them  to count}
  2. Follow bell’alimento on TWITTER.
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That’s EIGHT chances to win! So what are you waiting for ; ) Remember you must leave a separate comment for EACH entry ; )

Legal Schmegal: Contest is open until Friday July 22, 2011 at midnight EST. Contest is open to US Residents only {sorry to all of our international friends}. Winner will be chosen by a random number generator and will be notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. If not an alternate winner will be drawn.

Baci!


Disclaimer: KitchenAid has provided me with product and is providing the winner of the giveaway with a complimentary blender. I was not compensated for my time and my opinions are my own. Always have been, always will be.


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Fresh Beet Pasta
What you’ll need:
2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour {+ additional if necessary}
2 eggs
pinch salt
1/4 cup *roasted beet puree

*Roasted Beet Puree:
1 large beet – cleaned
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil – divided

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat beet with olive oil. Wrap in aluminum foil and bake for approximately 1 hour  OR until beet is fork tender.

2. Allow beet to cool. Place beet into food processor OR blender, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil  and pulse until smooth. Note: Add more olive oil if mixture is too thick.

What to do:
1. Into your stand mixer place flour and make a well in the center. Crack eggs into the well. Add salt. On low speed mix until somewhat combined. Add beet puree. Continue mixing until a ball has form. Scrape the edges of the bowl as necessary. Continue until a ball has formed. NOTE: If mixture is too “wet” add additional flour. If mixture is too “dry” add more beet puree.

2. Switch to your dough hook and knead dough until it is tacky but no longer sticky.

3. Wrap your dough ball in plastic wrap. Transfer to refrigerator to rest for at least 30 minutes.

4. Unwrap your dough and cut it into four equal sections. Working with one section at a time. Flatten the dough slightly. Run the dough through the pasta attachment until it’s to your desired thickness {will depend on the type of pasta shape you are making}. Next cut it using the attachment of your choice.

5. Hang pasta to dry for approximately 5 minutes. To cook fresh pasta: Into generously salted boiling water add pasta and cook for approximately 2-3 until al dente. Drain. Dress with appropriate sauce.

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