Home-made pasta with pistou 

Home-made pasta with pistou

Home-made pasta with pistou

Sat, Jun 8, 2019, 06:00

  • Serves: 4
  • Cooking Time: 1 mins
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 500g strong flour (I use white spelt)
  • 1tsp salt
  • 6 large free-range egg yolks (or 4 duck egg yolks)
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 20ml olive oil
  • 20g garlic
  • 300g fresh basil
  • 200g Mimolette, grated (if you can’t get this French cheese, use pecorino or Cáis na Tíre
  • 150ml olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


1. To make the pasta, pop the flour and salt on to your worktop and make a small well in the pile. Using a fork, start whisking the eggs into the flour, dropping them into the well you have created until the dough comes together.

2. Kneed the dough for 10 minutes, then give it a good poke, and if it springs back up, it’s ready. It should come together in a tidy, lovely yellow dough. If it is too dry and not coming together, add a splash of water. A lot depends on the quality of the flour.

3. Let the dough rest for a good 30 minutes, then dust your bench with flour, divide the mixture in four and start rolling each with a rolling pin until you get it to your desired thickness. Cut the dough into ribbons, and at this point I use a wire coat hanger to drape the noodles over.

4. Plunge the noodles into boiling salted water for two minutes.

5.To make the pistou, pick all the leaves from the basil and discard the stalks.

6. Place the basil leaves, garlic, cheese, olive oil and seasoning in a food processor and whizz until it all comes together.

7. Fold the pistou into the hot noodles.