Chocolate Pasta! It doesn't get any more decedent then that. Here's a homemade pasta recipe with spicy strawberries and fresh whipped cream. Pasta for dessert… Amazing!
Hi my name is Kira Volpi and any chocoholic knows that when a chocolate attack calls you MUST answer and I couldn't think of a better way to appease both of my additions then to make a chocolate flavored pasta.
But Chocolate is no stranger to Italians where in Perugia, Umbria the Italians have a 10 day festival dedicated to all things chocolate. It's called the Eurochocolate Festival and it’s held in mid October. Like any festival in Italy, it lasts for days. Ten whole days of CHOCOLATE.
- Chocolate ice cream, chocolate cookies and chocolate cakes
- Chocolate lipstick and chocolate cosmetics
- Chocolate infused cheeses of all kinds
- Chocolate flavored salamis and dried meats
- Chocolate Wines, chocolate olive oils, chocolate balsamic vinegars
- There is even a contest for the best chocolate hair style
And of course, Chocolate Pasta.
While you're in Perugia, the chocolate capital of Italy, you have to stay at the first hotel in the world to be dedicated to chocolate. The Estruscan Chocohotel.
Or you can simply make your own chocolate pasta recipe.
First we begin by making our chocolate flavored pasta dough. Then we create the luscious warm strawberry sauce. I used fresh strawberries seasoned with crushed red peppers for just the perfect amount of heat, cooled to perfection with a dollop of freshly made real whipped cream.
Let's get started!
Chocolate Pasta Ingredients:
- 1½ cups of all purpose flour, plus extra
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cube of bakers chocolate
- 2-3 Tbsp of water
- ½ cup of sugar if you want it sweet. I did not add it
Strawberry Sauce Ingredients:
- 1 lb of fresh strawberries, washed and sliced
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of white wine
- 2 tbsp of crushed red pepper
- 2 tbsp of butter
Whipped Cream Ingredients:
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 2 tbsp of sugar for the whipping cream
Chocolate Pasta Preparation:
NOTE: The ¼ cup of water is used to dilute the cubes of bakers chocolate so it can blend into the dough. You probably will not be using all of the chocolate. I used 2 to 3 tablespoons.
I heated the bakers chocolate in a double broiler. It's simple. Take a sauce pan and bring about an 1 inch of water to a boil. Place a pyrex or heat safe bowl or glass in the center of the pan so the water is just touching the bottom of the glass bowl and allow the chocolate to melt. Stir in a little bit of water to thin out the consistency to a paste like texture.
Just as you would any homemade pasta recipe you begin by mixing the blended flours and salt together and form a pile in the center of a large cutting board or flat marble or granite counter top. You can read my HOW TO MAKE PASTA
page for step by step instructions and pictures!
When you've completed the kneading process, place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let is sit for at least two hours. You must let it rest or sit prior to putting it in the refrigerator if you're going to store it.
I shaped my basic pasta dough into a fettucini. I thought it would give a nice appearance on the plate with the strawberry and sauce.
Warm Spicy Strawberry Sauce:
Pour the whipping cream into a food processor with the 2 tbsp of sugar and whip until thick. It doesn't take long. Scrap into a bowl and let it cool in the refrigerator until you complete your ready to serve.
Wash and dry the strawberries, then slice. Melt the butter on medium heat in a sauté pan and add the sugar and splash in the white wine and crushed red peppers. Allow to thicken as the sugar dissolves. Now add the strawberries and cook for about one to two minutes. You don’t want it to turn into strawberry jam.
When you're ready to serve the chocolate pasta masterpiece, pour the hot, spicy strawberry sauce over the pasta and dollop with the fresh whipped cream. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and couple it with a Moscato desert wine for the perfect pairing!
Vivere, Amare, Ridere e Mangiare Bene
Live, Love, Laugh and Eat Well!
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