Amanda Starrantino shares her recipe for National Pasta Day

Posted at 5:49 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 22:31:04-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Happy National Pasta Day! 

To celebrate this carb-o-licious holiday, our own chef Amanda Starrantino is sharing her recipe for an easy and delicious meal with homemade pasta.

What you need:


  • Semolina Flour, “00” Flour.. ( - this is a good article to help people choose the right type of flour to make pasta) (1 cup per serving)
  • Eggs (1 egg per serving)


  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 tube of tomato paste
  • 4 tbsps crème fraiche
  • parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large challot, diced
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped and seeded
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1 small bunch basil
  • red pepper flakes

To make the pasta:

- Take one cup of flour (with a little extra) and use your fingers to create a “bowl” with the flour. 
- Break one raw egg into the “bowl” of the flour.
- Using a fork, gently whisk the egg to mix with the flour. Slowly add more and more flour to the egg. 
- Once the four/egg mixture becomes too difficult to use a fork to mix with, start to use your hands. 
- Continue kneading the dough with your hands until the dough forms into a ball and has a dough-boy texture (slightly squishy).
- Wrap cling wrap around the dough ball. 
- Set in refrigerator at least 20 minutes before rolling out.
- After dough ball sits in fridge for at least 20 minutes. Start to roll out dough. 
- With a pasta maker or a rolling pin, roll out the pasta dough to desired thickness. 
- Cut pasta with a knife (or pasta maker) into desired type of pasta (in video we made spaghetti).
- Place cut pasta pieces on wax paper (so it doesn’t stick).
- Add pasta to pot of boiling water.
- Pasta is cooked when it is floating on top of water (takes 2-3 minutes to get there).
- Add pasta to desired sauce. 

To make the sauce:

-Heat drizzle of olive oil in large sauce pan.
-Add 1lb. of ground chicken (or beef) to heated olive oil. Add salt/pepper.
-Brown ground chicken (takes about 3 minutes to get there).
-Stir in diced shallots & garlic.  Let cook with chicken for about 3 minutes.
-Add tomato paste to pan.  Stir together and cook for about 2 minutes.
-Add a cup of water, chopped tomatoes, and desired amount of red pepper flakes.
-Wait for the mixture to start to simmer.  Once it starts simmering, reduce heat to a medium level and let cook until the water is dissolved to create a thicker consistency (this can take about 8 minutes).
-Turn off heat.  Add crème fraiche and parsley. Mix well.
-Top with basil and parmesan.