A Farewell to Basil Fettuccine

A Farewell to Basil Fettuccine


"I made this while watching 'A Farewell to Arms' on TV and realized the title suited the intent of the pasta, which was to celebrate the last gleanings from my rather prolific basil patch. If you feel the need to serve this with a sauce, consider a butter garlic sauce or a white wine sauce with chicken. Whatever you choose to accompany this with, enjoy it!"

Ingredients {{adjustedServings}} servings 437 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 437 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 6 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 79.6g
  • 26%
  • Protein:
  • 14.3 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 106 mg
  • 35%
  • Sodium:
  • 38 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Using a food processor, process basil leaves until chopped very fine. Add 1 1/2 cups of flour and pulse two or three times, or until combined. Add egg, 1 teaspoon oil, and the water until dough forms a ball shape. If dough seems dry, add a bit more water. Wrap dough in a piece of plastic wrap which has been coated in a few drops of olive oil. Refrigerate dough for 2 hours.
  2. Remove dough from refrigerator, and cut into 6 equal size portions. Run pasta though pasta machine, or roll with rolling pin to desired thickness. Use the additional flour to coat pasta while rolling.
  3. Allow pasta to dry for one hour prior to cooking.
  4. Cook in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. This should take only a 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the pasta.
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I made this recipe to take to my daughter's family in MN. Her taste is similar to mine. Her children and husband aren't keen on green. My son-in-law had a no, thank you portion...then a larger portion. My daughter e-mailed the next day about how wonderful the basil fettuccine was, ending with DH taking the remainder for his lunch at work. This is one fabulous recipe. I finished the gardening season by making 8 balls of basil pasta dough and freezing them to use later. UPDATE: Feb 5, 2007 Temp yesterday was 2 deg below zero. I made basil pasta using the dough I had made and previously frozen. I used egg substitute at that time in preparation for freezing. Not sure if that was necessary, but it gave me a comfort level I liked. What was great pasta before was unbelievably fantastic with boiled shrimp added to the dish. I have a saying that I have used for many years, and it applies here. "It doesn't get any better than this!"


My first attempt at homemade pasta and it was great! It's nice to think you can have dinner with just a few very simple ingredients. I served this with sauteed tomatoes and garlic per another reviewer and it had great plate appeal and was loved by all the kids. Also I don't have a pasta machine - I just rolled it out until it was quite thin, sliced it thickly as for fettucine and let it dry. I also only let it rest in the fridge for 45 minutes so I'm not sure what the extended time would do overall for the finished product. This definitely gives me more confidence to try other hand made pasta recipes.

Ragil Lorkin

Fantastic, fantastic recipe. We ended up having three sauces: A garlic butter, a homemade pesto, and a tomato/basil. This pasta was so delicious we ended up liking the butter best, it was the one that allowed the taste of it to come through the most. Thanks!