I think your week needs this black garlic pasta.
For me, making homemade pasta dough is the ultimate form of relaxation. That being said, it definitely doesn’t happen all the time. When life gets busy, I absolutely pull out the dry pasta and throw it in a pot for a really quick, satisfying meal.
But, every now and then, it’s nice to slow down and make fresh pasta yourself. And this black garlic pasta is no exception.
The dough is extremely flavorful and the sauce is hearty enough, yet so incredibly simple. It’s the perfect dish to make when you aren’t hungry for a large meal, but just want a little taste of something special.
If you’ve never made fresh pasta dough, I am hoping I explained it in the simplest way possible in the recipe! Definitely comment below if you have any questions on the process.
The black garlic gets blended with the eggs to create a really rich, somewhat earthy dough. If you’ve never had black garlic, you’re in for a treat. I’ve used in many times before, like in this black garlic vinaigrette.
It has such a unique, intriguing flavor. Slightly sweet, too, and very pungent.
I use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the pasta attachment to roll and cut the dough. You can also do this process by hand with simply a rolling pin and knife…it just takes a little bit of elbow grease.
The sauce comes together really quickly. So honestly if you do want to whip this black garlic pasta up on a busy weeknight, I would make the pasta dough on a Sunday, keep it in the refrigerator, pull it out to temper at room temperature for about 30 minutes the next day (or day after), roll and cut form there, make the sauce, and you can have dinner ready in no time.
And the key to the recipe? LOTS of freshly grated parmesan cheese on top!
Black Garlic Pasta with Caramelized Shallot Sauce
simple, rich homemade black garlic pasta with a caramelized shallot sauce
Black Garlic Pasta
- 100g black garlic
- 1 egg
- 8 egg yolks
- 500g “00” flour
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp water, or as needed
Caramelized Shallot Sauce
- olive oil, as needed
- 2 shallots, sliced
- salt, as needed
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup sherry wine
- 1 ½ cups chicken stock
- 5 springs fresh sage
- 1 cup pasta water
- 1 lemon, juiced
- freshly cracked black pepper, as needed
- chunk of parmesan
Black Garlic Pasta
Add the black garlic, egg, and egg yolks to a blender. Blend until smooth. Weigh out the flour and pour it into a pile on a clean working surface. Create a well in the middle of the flour. Pour the egg mixture into the center of the well, along with the olive oil and salt. Use a fork to whisk the egg mixture, and slowly start to pull in the flour. Add water as needed to moisten the dough. Once all of the flour is somewhat incorporated (you may have some loose bits of flour still) start to use your hands to bring the dough together. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes. Form the dough into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
Use a pasta machine (I use my Kitchen Aid pasta attachment) to roll out the dough into thin sheets, about 1/16” thick. Cut the dough into ¼” ribbons using the pasta machine, or you can cut by hand. Keep the pasta covered until ready to cook.
Caramelized Shallot Sauce
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil is hot, add the shallots. Season with a pinch of salt. Saute for a few minutes until the shallots develop a bit of color. Lower the heat to medium-low and continue to cook the shallots until caramelized, about 10-15 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Raise the heat to medium-high and deglaze the pan with the sherry wine. Scrape the bottom of the pan and let the wine reduce for a minute or two. Add the chicken stock and fresh sage. Bring the liquid to a simmer. Simmer for about 5-8 minutes until reduced and slightly thickened.
Add a large pinch of salt to the boiling pot of water. Drop the pasta in the water and cook for just about 2 minutes (the pasta should finish cooking in the sauce). Use a measuring cup to retrieve a 1 cup of pasta water from the pot and add it to the sauce. Drain the pasta in a colander and add the pasta to the sauce as well. Let reduce and thicken until the sauce coats the pasta very well, stirring often. Add the lemon juice. Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Plate the pasta and use a microplane to grate a generous amount of parmesan over top.