The last time we had a glut of cabbage I was struggling to think of interesting things to do with it. I posted on Twitter for help and within minutes had lots of helpful suggestions, including Pizzoccheri from Carl Legge.
You can read his blog post, with recipe, photos, & method here:http://www.carllegge.com/2011/10/pizzoccheri/
Here are the things I’d add to Carl’s post:
- As this was the first time I’d made pasta I had no idea how much water I might need to make the dough. Gingerly I added tablespoons at a time, coming to a total of 23! I guess if each tablespoon is 15 ml then you need about 345ml for the flour quantities from Carl’s recipe.
- I don’t have a pasta machine, so I used a rolling pin. I think possibly my pasta pieces were thicker than Carl’s recipe, but that didn’t seem to be a problem in the final dish! For the record, "0.5-1cm wide and about 4cm long" is smaller than your little finger.
- You need a really big saucepan for all these ingredients, with enough room for the pasta pieces to move around in.
- I couldn’t find buckwheat pasta anywhere in Leicester. Buckwheat flour proved equally tricky but I finally tracked it down in Green & Pleasant on the Queen’s Road. It’s not cheap though - nearly £3 for 500g.
The veg I used came from the harvest box on 3rd March 2012. The final quantities I used (washed/prepped) are:
227g white onion
189g red cabbage
136g green cabbage
3 cloves garlic
Plus the pasta, cheeses, & seasoning detailed in Carl’s recipe.
This quantity makes 6 generous portions.
- See here: http://www.carllegge.com/2011/10/pizzoccheri/
This recipe tastes even better made with vegetables from Community Harvest Whetstone