Basil Garlic Fettuccine
Pull out that pasta maker and make some homemade Basil Garlic Fettuccine.
Top it with Lemon Garlic Shrimp for an easy date-night at home meal!
Back when I was a kid, we’d often pile in the car and take the 4-hour drive from Charleston, SC up to my grandparents’ house upstate. My grandparents lived in a small town, and they had a ton of land. For a little boy with a big imagination, this was pretty much my heaven. I spent the days roaming the backyard pretending that pirate’s treasure was buried out there somewhere. When I needed a break from treasure hunting, I could always go pick as many wild blackberries as I could possibly want. (I’m pretty sure my grandmother ended up baking a blackberry cobbler almost every night!) But one of my favorite memories of those summer trips was going fishin’ with grandpa.
My grandfather had a small fishing boat that he kept down in the barn, and he was always more than willing to take a day off of work and “run me down to the lake.” Sometimes we would just fish from the shore at a nearby pond, but more often than not, we’d head out to Lake Hartwell to fish for bream and crappie. Then we’d come home and have fresh fish for dinner…along with that aforementioned blackberry cobbler, of course! Although I haven’t been fishing in many years, I still have very fond memories of those warm summer days with my grandfather on the lake.
While we don’t really make sweeping New Year’s resolutions around here, we do come up with a list of things we’d like to do in the coming year. One of my kitchen goals is to make more homemade pasta. I’ve made homemade pasta before, but I feel like my pasta machine got neglected far too much last year. Sure, I did use it to make these Kalamata Olive and Sea Salt Grissini. And I even used it for a dessert recipe with these Eggnog Ice Cream Sandwiches. But I told myself a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to use that pasta machine to make more pasta (imagine that!). So I hit the kitchen the other day and whipped up a batch of homemade fettuccine. Basil Garlic Fettuccine to be exact. This pasta was loaded with flavor, and my wife and I couldn’t wait to grab a big bowl of this fettuccine for dinner.
Another goal this year is to eat more seafood. We don’t often make fish here at home. I’ll order it when I go out, but when it comes to cooking it at home I just don’t do it very often. So the other day I stopped by the frozen fish section at my local supermarket. As a kid, all I remember about the frozen fish section was lots and lots of fishsticks. Wow, times have changed! Bumble Bee recently introduced a Fresh Frozen line of seafood, and the flavors will absolutely make your mouth water. Think Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper & Herbs or Salmon with Garden Pesto. Yeah, I’m getting hungry just writing about these flavors!
Have you ever walked by the fresh seafood department at the grocery store and noticed that little “previously frozen” note in small print? Unless you live right on the coast, most seafood needs to be frozen before it’s shipped. I get it. It’s safer that way. But then why am I paying full price for fish in the fresh section when I can just step over to the frozen section and grab tasty seafood there instead? All of the products in Bumble Bee’s new line of premium seafood are prepared with no preservatives and then flash frozen within hours. Plus, all 7 of the new varieties go straight from the freezer to the table in 20 minutes or less. Weeknight dinners that are high in protein and packed with flavor? That’s a win in my book!
Basil Garlic Fettuccine
Since I was getting started on the fresh pasta goal with this Basil Garlic Fettuccine, I figured I’d go for the two-for-one and top the pasta with seafood. After much debate, I settled on Bumble Bee’s Lemon Shrimp with Garlic & Herbs. I figured the flavor combo would pair well with the basil and garlic in the fettuccine. And it did.
My wife just came home from a business trip, and I wanted to surprise her with a tasty date-night at home meal. I cooked up the pasta and had this dinner waiting for her when she walked in from her travels. Well, to be fair, I hadn’t cooked the shrimp yet, but that wasn’t a problem at all. These shrimp go straight into the skillet from the freezer, and they’re ready in about 5-6 minutes. With tasty seafood that’s this easy to prepare at home, I definitely foresee many more weeknight meals like this coming our way. Goal: Eat more seafood? Check! (My wife has already told me that she wants to try the Petite Scallops with White Wine & Garlic-Herb Butter next.)
Did you make this Basil Garlic Fettuccine at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Basil Garlic Fettuccine
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup semolina flour
- 2 Tbsp dried basil
- ½ Tbsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup water
- 3 large eggs
- Using a countertop mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add all of the ingredients and mix on low speed for 2-3 minutes, or until ingredients are well incorporated.
- Increase speed to medium and continue mixing for 4-5 minutes. (Note: The dough should be firm and slightly stretchy. If it seems too tough, feel free to add a Tbsp of water. Similarly, if it seems too loose, add another Tbsp of flour.)
- Place the dough in a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rest for approximately one hour.
- Working with about a quarter of the dough at a time, flatten dough into a rough rectangle about ½” thick. Roll dough through widest setting on the pasta roller. Reduce pasta roller by 1-2 settings and roll dough through again. Reduce pasta roller by 1-2 settings again and roll dough through. (Note: At this point, you should have a long piece of thin dough. Consult the instructions on your pasta machine if you have questions about how to use it.)
- Set strip of rolled dough aside and repeat process with remaining dough. (Tip: Sprinkle the tops of the rolled pieces with a bit of semolina flour to keep them from sticking together.)
- Finally, roll the flattened pieces of dough through the fettuccini cutter on your pasta machine.
- At this point, you can either cook the pasta or sprinkle it with semolina flour, place on a baking sheet and freeze. (Once frozen, you can transfer pasta into a freezer-safe bag.) When you cook the pasta, note that fresh pasta cooks much faster than dried pasta, so watch it closely!
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My food goal? – Why it would be to eat more beets! Bah! Just kidding! We do eat a lot of fish at our home and I used to overlook the fine print in the fish section till a coworker of mine sat me down and told me the whole enchilada about frozen vs fresh fish – now Frozen is pretty much all I get – but I did not know Bumble Bee was doing anything other than canned tuna! I gotta look for them the next grocery run I make as those Petite Scallops with White Wine & Garlic-Herb Butter sound wonderful! Mrs Spiced has GREAT taste – after trying those grilled grapes you mentioned, I just cannot look at grapes in the same way anymore!
Btw – this sure is some pretty pasta! 🙂
Wait just a second! There is no way you can eat more beets in that house than you already do! Yeah, frozen fish used to get such a bad rap…but the fresh seafood in the case is typically previously frozen, too. So why not just buy it frozen to begin with? That way you can just keep it in the freezer until needed. Plus, frozen seafood has really stepped up its game since the days of fish sticks. We just tried the Bumble Bee salmon the other night and it was quite tasty!
There you go complementing Mrs. Spiced again. You’re going to give her a big head. 🙂
We could all use more seafood in our diets — this sounds like the perfect way to do it: EASY!! Great idea for a stay-at-home date night. Nicely done!
Why thank you, Julianne! I’m all about date nights at home. We enjoy going out to eat, but there is just something comforting with the thought of curling up to a tasty dinner at home with a glass of wine and some of those chocolate + goat cheese tarts you posted. 🙂
I think we already know from the BumbleBee recipes that I created how crazy I am for their tuna, but MAN, I didn’t realize that they have premium seafood, too! I completely need to find this in my local store. It sounds so good!
P.S. I think we should meet for dinner. You bring the this shrimp fettucine and I’ll bring a salad with raspberry vinaigrette, pecans, and gorgonzola! 😉
Now that sounds like a dinner I can get behind! In fact, now I want that for dinner tonight. Maybe you should just get on a plane now so that we can make that happen!
Yup, BumbleBee’s frozen seafood is quite tasty…I was super impressed with the variety and the taste. We’ve tried 3 of them so far, and I’m thinking we might need to try #4 tonight!
You have just reminded me that I have only used my pasta maker twice since getting it. I haven’t made flavoured pasta though, so I will give that a try.
Yes! That’s the thing…pasta machines sound like such a great idea, but they get shoved to the back of the cabinet and forgotten. Try making some flavored pasta soon…it’s fun and tastes way better than the dried version!
David this is one perfect looking dreamy meal!! I am sure your wife must be so happy that she get to enjoy such a delicious dish!! I am pinning to try next!! Yummy!
Thank you so much, Ami! You are too kind! 🙂 This was one heck of a dreamy meal…and it was fun making the homemade pasta, too. Thank you for pinning!
I’ve always been too scared to try making my own pasta, but that fettuccine looks TOO good to not try out!! Pinned 🙂
No way, Christina! Homemade pasta is embarrassingly easy to make…it just sounds hard. It does take time, though…but the result beats the heck out of the dried version. Give it a shot!
Making pasta yourself… That’s pretty freaking cool! It looks so intimidating to me but my friend made pasta the other day with a paper shredder!
A paper shredder!?! Now I’ve heard it all, GiGi! What an ingenious idea. Homemade pasta sounds so intimidating, but it’s really not that difficult at all. It’s just a pretty basic dough that’s rolled out and cut. Now I need to go find a video of pasta making via a paper shredder!
Here is the article my friend wrote about it: http://food-hacks.wonderhowto.com/how-to/no-pasta-maker-use-your-paper-shredder-for-homemade-noodles-instead-0159726/
Pretty genius if you ask me!
I swear my mum has a pasta maker somewhere from way back- I love how you actually flavoured it too (reminds me of this delicious sample in Eataly!)
Random but is Bumblebee the same Bumblebee that made the canned tuna? I’m so confused ha!
This Bumblebee is indeed the same as the Bumblebee tuna company…they’ve branched out into frozen seafood now. And the flavors we’ve tried so far have been delicious! Now I say you go move around the boxes in the cupboard and find your mum’s pasta maker. Pasta is actually really pretty easy to make…and it tastes delicious! It just takes a bit of time, but it’s totally worth the effort when you taste it.
David, you made homemade basil garlic fettuccine AND had dinner waiting for your wife?!!! Uh, how can I get you to talk to my husband?! hahah .. I’m joking because I do 99% of the cooking here 😛 and hey I love Bumble Bee tuna . . didn’t know they had a fresh frozen line of seafood. . will definitely have to look into it because here in Madison, all the seafood gets flown in from Chicago anyway. so it’s super expensive to get fresh seafood. love this post!! happy friday, David!!!
Thanks so much, Alice! And for the record, I am totally not trying to get your husband in trouble. (Although even he could have awesome seafood for dinner with the BumbleBee frozen line…we’ve tried 4 of the flavors now, and they’ve all been quite tasty!) Happy Friday to you, too!! 🙂
Yes, to this entire meal! I love seafood and eat it a few times a week. Being from the Pee Dee region of SC seafood is a way of life. 🙂 Also, thanks for sharing about this new line of frozen seafood from Bumble Bee. I will definitely check it out!!
I didn’t realize you are from the Pee Dee region of SC, Tamara! I love South Carolina, and I could totally see us moving back there one day. And yes, totally check out the Bumble Bee seafood line…it’s tasty and easy which means it gets 2-thumbs up around here! Have a great Friday!!
My food goals are many: make real bread from scratch, make more savory meals in my skillet, try my hand at french pastry baking, and learn how to make homemade pasta! This fettucine looks to die for 🙂
Thanks so much for commenting, Medha! Like you, I have a ton of food goals each year. Making bread from scratch is one of my favorite things to do ever…there’s something so therapeutic about playing with bread dough! (And of course the smell when you’re baking it is incredible, too.) Check out my recent post on Honey Oat Wheat Bread. It’s seriously one of my favorite breads…and it’s a great one to start with if you haven’t made homemade bread before. Have a great weekend! 🙂
You totally inspired me to break out the pasta attachment for my Kitchen Aid Mixer and crank out some pasta now. Honestly that herb pasta looks incredible!
Thanks, Kevin! Time to dust off that pasta attachment and get to work. 🙂 Homemade pasta isn’t nearly as hard as people think…and the taste is incredible!
This is my favourite pasta dish! Love the basil and garlic fettuccine – such a delicious idea! I need to make homemade pasta ASAP now! Lovely recipe, David! 😀
Yes! Sunday is a great day for homemade pasta, Jess…do it!! 🙂
We’re big fish eaters here and I love the word “crapple”! GREG
Haha…thanks, Greg! We’re definitely upping our seafood game over here…hope you are warmer out there on the West Coast! 🙂
I don’t know if I’ve told you recently, David, but you’re kind of badass. I love how you just busted out this homemade fettuccine like it ain’t no thang. I bow down to your pasta greatness!
Wow, I’ve been called a lot of things, Lindsey…but I’m not sure badass is one of them. I’ll gladly take the compliment! In fact, I’ll probably walk around for the rest of the day saying that I’m badass. 😉 (By saying that, I mean basically just telling the dogs since no one else is here to listen to me right now!) Homemade pasta is so freakin’ fun to make…I’ll make you some!!