Homemade Pasta with Stinging Nettles

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stinging nettles

stinging nettles

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!

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Here is what we did:

  1. 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.*
  2. 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.
  3. buckwheat groats ground into flour using our vitamix

    buckwheat groats ground into flour using our vitamix

  4. Place steamed nettles and two eggs into a blender and mix.
  5. On a table or in a bowl, make a pile of flour with a well in the middle.
  6. Put the nettle/egg mixture in the well and mix/knead into the flour
  7. If too sticky, add more flour.
  8. Place dough ball under wet cloth and let it “rest” for 15 minutes.
  9. 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.
  10. rolling out the pasta

    rolling out the pasta

  11. Cut into strips and set aside as you continue to roll and cut all the pasta.
  12. Place the pasta in boiling water and cook about 3 minutes (fresh pasta does not need much time to cook.)
  13. 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.
  14. 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.)
  15. 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!

Melissa Sokulski
Food Under Foot

  • This looks really tasty, plus you took the mystery out of making your own flour. I didn't realize I could do that in my vitamix.

  • Sherrieparent

    Can't wait to try it! :)

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