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Nettle Pasta with Fava Beans

My refrigerator is retarded. Items left on the top shelf spoil because it’s not cool enough up there. Things on either of the bottom two shelves, especially towards the back tend to freeze. I’ve always thought of this as a curse (have you ever seen frozen tofu?), but today it actually ended up working out.
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Level Intermediate
Main Ingredient Legume, Pasta
Diet Low Sugar, Pescatarian, Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • pasta For
  • 1 1/2 Cups flour
  • 2 eggs large

To serve

  • 1 Cup fava beans lightly boiled and shelled
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/2 Cup Pecorino grated Grand Cru (or other hard Italian cheese)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • half lemon zest of

Instructions

  1. Put the flour in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Make a well in the flour and add the nettles and egg. Run the mixer at medium low speed until it more or less comes together.
  2. You may need to add a little water, but go slow. Add a tsp of water then let it run for a minute before you decide to add more water. Once it's all combined, turn up the speed to medium and let the dough hook work its kneading magic. Take the ball of dough and wrap it in plastic wrap and let it rest for about 20 minutes. This helps in the formation of gluten that will give your pasta a nice firm texture.
  3. Run the pasta through your pasta machine following the machines directions then cut it in whatever shape you like. Make sure you dust the newly minted pasta with ample amounts of flour, otherwise it will stick together.
  4. For the fava beans, shell the fava beans from the pods then boil a pot of well salted water dumping the beans in and cooking for about a minute. Drain the beans then shell again removing the pale green membrane on the outside of each bean.
  5. Boil a large pot of well salted water then add the pasta making sure it doesn't stick together. Boil for 2-3 minutes testing for a texture that pleases you. I like mine al dente.
  6. Drain the pasta and toss with the shelled fava beans, olive oil, lemon zest, cheese and pepper.
  7. Serve immediately. I like to have this with a grilled spicy sausage like chorizo or andouille, but it makes a fine meal on its own if you are of the veggie persuasion.