I have chosen nettles as my wild ally this year…have you chosen your ally yet? There are lots of plants popping up out there: dandelion, chickweed, violent, nettles, burdock, garlic mustard.
We relocated some nettles to our backyard last year, and this year an abundant crop has sprung up. Yesterday Ella and I harvested some young nettles, steamed them, blended them with egg and kneaded them into buckwheat flour to make our own gluten-free buckwheat nettle noodles!
Here is what we did:
- Harvest young stinging nettles. You’ll need three cups of chopped fresh nettles (which will steam way down) for the pasta. *When harvesting and chopping fresh nettles, you may want to use gloves to avoid being stung.*
- We are gluten free so we like to make our own flour, which we do easily in our Vitamix. Today we ground buckwheat groats into flour and used 2 cups, plus extra for kneading on.
- Place steamed nettles and two eggs into a blender and mix.
- On a table or in a bowl, make a pile of flour with a well in the middle.
- Put the nettle/egg mixture in the well and mix/knead into the flour
- If too sticky, add more flour.
- Place dough ball under wet cloth and let it “rest” for 15 minutes.
- Cut about a fourth of the dough off and roll it out on a floured surfaced as thinly as possible. (If you have a pasta maker by all means use it!) Cover the dough you are not rolling with the wet cloth.
- Cut into strips and set aside as you continue to roll and cut all the pasta.
- Place the pasta in boiling water and cook about 3 minutes (fresh pasta does not need much time to cook.)
- Drain pasta. I returned it to the pot and added some butter, fresh chopped tomatoes and salt while I sauteed the rest of the veggies, which I then mixed in.
- In a separate pan in butter, saute 1/2 large onion, 1 clove garlic, 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms and 1 cup chopped fresh nettles. (You may want to use gloves while chopping the nettles.)
- Mix into noodles, add salt to taste and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! This vegetarian recipe can easily be made vegan by substituting olive oil or earth’s best margarine for the butter. I’ll be sharing lots more things I do this year with my wild ally, nettles. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out The Wild Ally Workbook, please do!
You’ll also find a video review of vitamix blenders here, along with a coupon code for free shipping!
Have a great day!
Food Under Foot