Rustic Whole Wheat Pasta

Happy Monday! I am not usually a lover of Mondays, but I love today for two reasons, because I only have one more Monday at my current full time job before I start on a whole new, unknown adventure in food, wine, and travel, and also because today is the launch party for Red White Boston. I have loved working with Red White Boston, and I am excited for tonight to meet everyone who is coming to the party and to spread the word about this really excellent iPhone app.

Yesterday was highly productive. After a disappointing Boston Lobster Party and delicious Myers + Chang lunch and dinner on Saturday, we had the best night’s sleep ever. I woke up Sunday feeling more rested than I have in MONTHS. I got to the MSPCA to walk some dogs and to celebrate Adopt a Pit Bull Month (they are seriously amazing dogs with a bad media rap, trust me!!), met a kitten with a hot pink cast :( and finally got myself home for a day of fall cleaning. We swapped out our summer clothes for warmer ones, keeping the summer ones close by in case we decide on an impromptu Caribbean vacation.

After a walk around Castle Island in the glorious fall sunshine, I got to work on dinner, a recipe that I made in honor of Oldways and the upcoming World Pasta Day, October 25. I am hell bent on making excellent, completely whole wheat pasta and baked goods, so I went ahead and used 100% whole wheat flour.

First, I got out the pasta machine and wiped it down with a clean cloth.

Pasta Maker

I used a simple whole wheat pasta recipe that combined 2 cups whole wheat flour from King Arthur Flour, 2 large eggs, a sprinkle of salt, and enough water to make it into a ball of dough.

pasta ingredients

While the pasta dough was chilling in the freezer, I started on the sauce which was a simple mix of 1 can roasted tomatoes, a few dashes chili oil, some chopped garlic, and 2 cod filets.

cod with tomatoes

I cooked these ingredients on low for about an hour, until the cod flaked and completely blended in with the tomatoes and spices. Rather than having cod with a side of pasta, I turned it into a spicy seafood tomato sauce.

My best intentions were to make fettucine using the pasta maker, but I just could not get it to cut the pasta. It sort of scored it but never cut it into the neat little ribbons I hoped for. Maybe it was too thick? Maybe I am a dough dunce?

At any rate, the word rustic, one of my favorites for when my delicious food turns kinda un-pretty, came into play, and I hand cut the pasta dough, boiled it, and then tossed it into the sauce.

whole wheat pasta with cod

I most definitely noticed a difference using a rolling pin to roll out the dough over a bottle of wine. The thinner dough, even hand cut, made for a lighter, fluffier pasta that actually tasted like pasta and not a dumpling. The sauce coated it perfectly and created a nutritious and filling meal. We both went back for seconds!

I was thinking of all of you while walking dogs yesterday. I know a lot about the foodie tendencies of my blog readers and bloggers I read, but I would love to know your other passions. Besides cooking/eating/drinking, what are your favorite things to do?

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Tags: cod, Food, Oldways, pasta, recipe

  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Do “rustic” and “artisan” mean the same thing? ;-) This pasta looks great! I can’t make it to the launch party tonight but I hope it is a blast! Congratulations!


  2. Emily’s avatar

    Nice work — making pasta is tough. I have yet to really master it but still love giving it a try! Other passions besides food?! Quiet days with my husband and dog; running when my knees cooperate; and my work as a public health researcher!


  3. Simply Life’s avatar

    wow, I’m so impressed – homemade pasta with the delicious sauce! That’s definitely something I’d order in a restaurant! Congrats again on the new adventure – I can’t wait to hear how things go!


  4. A Boston Food Diary’s avatar

    This sounds delicious! I love your combination of flavors! This sounds like a perfect, healthy meal for a chilly evening!


  5. Belinda @zomppa’s avatar

    Congratulations on embarking on new adventures. Much courage and best wishes. I love this pasta! I wish I had a plate.


  6. BostonSportsWoman’s avatar

    Looking forward to tonight! Sonsie is one of my favorite hang out spots. Love the home made pasta! Cooking the Cod in with the sauce is a great idea to get fish in our diets! Love it!!!
    You know we love dogs too. My outside passion is sewing, and I’m so glad its halloween so I can make costumes! I’ll be sure to share pictures!


  7. Justin’s avatar

    Amazing. I’m very impressed that you made your own pasta. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.


  8. Roxan’s avatar

    Oh, congrats on your new adventure, you must be so excited! This pasta looks great.. I’d love to get a pasta roller of my own.


  9. Alison’s avatar

    You’re the best, Meghan! Hopefully I will see you later tonight!


  10. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Very impressive! I used to make pasta with my Nana growing up so I know just how tough it can be. The rolling pin is key.

    The dog walking sounds fun. I should do something like that. I really want a dog, but the bf isn’t ready. Volunteering would be a great way for me to spend time with some pooches!


  11. Daisy’s avatar

    Glad you are having a good monday! Nice job on the rustic pasta and incorporating the cod into the sauce! See you tonight!


  12. Fight the Fat Foodie’s avatar

    Love your pasta dish, the sauce sounds great! I have been experimenting with 100% whole wheat pasta too. Have you tried using whole wheat pastry flour? It basically is just a finer grind and I get results very similar to APF but with that nutty whole wheat flavor.


  13. Megan’s avatar

    You’re inspiring me to make pasta. I know I’m making chicken parm later this week… maybe I can kick my butt in gear and make some fresh pasta to go with it.

    You must be thrilled to only have one Monday left!!

    See you tonight. I’m looking forward to the event and learning more about Red White Boston!


  14. MarathonVal’s avatar

    You are amazing for making homemade pasta!!! How fun.

    Aside from food, my passions are running, yoga, reading, traveling, knitting, and relaxing with my husband, family, and friends :)


  15. Alicia’s avatar

    I have a machine to roll pasta, but it still lives at my mom’s house (she bought it on-sale for me once and I haven’t taken it from her yet) so I’ve never made pasta from scratch…only ravioli from wonton wrappers.

    Kudos for you for trying – and the dish still looks great, even if it wasn’t the result you were expecting!


  16. Jason Phelps’s avatar

    I tried pasta once and it didn’t come out so I have never attempted it again. I’m actually looking to find a pasta chef who would have the time to show me how to do it right.

    Other interests. Music, mostly electronic and nu-jazz. Hiking and snowshoeing. We get outdoors at our place in VT as often as we can and take a nice walk is the best exercise and mental medicine I know.



    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      We went snowshoeing for the first time last winter and LOVED it! I can’t wait to go again!


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