Pasta from a pine tree? You bet! And it's really delicious, too! In this video, I show you an easy and flexible way that I make homestyle pasta with pine pollen.
This recipe works with pollen from any real pine tree - in the genus Pinus. Or really, any tree in the whole Pine family (Pinaceae), like spruce trees and fir trees. To see how to harvest and process pine pollen, check out my video on that: https://youtu.be/Ot9Eel5PskA
Once you have your pine pollen, making the pasta is easy!
I am not a fancy pasta chef, but it doesn't matter at all. This recipe is easy to adjust on the fly, and it always turns out just fine. I start with 1/2 cup of white wheat flour. I add the same amount of pine pollen. Pine pollen has such a light and fluffy texture - it's like super-fine flour! But pasta needs gluten, so there does need to be wheat flour in there, too.
I make a well in the center of my pile of flour, and add 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk. Then I start mixing them together, little by little. I add olive oil, depending on how the dough seems to be coming together. I want it smooth, silky, easy to roll out thin.
The key is to knead the dough for about 10 minutes to bring out all the gluten in the wheat flour. The kneading is enjoyable, because the pine pollen smells so good! When I'm done kneading the dough, I wrap it tightly in a plastic bag, to let it rest for at least a half-hour.
While it's resting, is a good time to get everything else ready that you want to eat with the pine pollen pasta. It would be easy to swam out the pine pollen flavor with a lot of sauce or a strong-flavored sauce. I prefer to keep it simple, with minimal toppings.
Then it's time to roll out the dough and cut the noodles. It's much easier to do in small parts, rather than trying to roll out all the dough at once. I'm making homestyle noodles because they are so simple and don't need any special equipment. But if you have a pasta maker, you can use that, for sure!
When I was a kid in public school in southeast Kansas, our lunch ladies make homestyle noodles from scratch. They air-dried all the noodles on towels laid out on the cafeteria tables. I'm doing the same kind of thing here, just rolling the dough thin, and cutting it into narrow strips. It's smarter to lay the noodles out on a towel - and not on top of each other! But I got distracted while I was making this video, lol.
To cook the noodles, I boil some water with salt in it, like you would for any pasta. It takes 3-5 minutes for the noodles to cook. Then I dry them and lightly toss them with a little olive oil. That's all there is to it!
Pine pollen pasta is great with a just a little Parmesan cheese. It's great with other wild plants, too. Like this steamed Bristly Hawksbeard (Crepis setosa), fermented Redbud flowers (Cercis canadensis), and fresh White Dawn rose petals, sliced thin. And wild Giant Puffball mushrooms (Calvatia gigantea) cooked with Elephant Garlic and white wine.
If you make other food with pine pollen, let me know in the comments! I hope you can enjoy some pine pollen pasta yourself. If you do, let me know how you like it. Happy foraging!
My video on how to make pine pollen and spruce tree cookies: https://youtu.be/N5yVbJirP4U
My video on how to harvest pine pollen: https://youtu.be/Ot9Eel5PskA
My playlist on foraging for wild foods: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEGN8kE_KnjBHba1wyw5WWkAu49RoB_-X
My channel: Haphazard Homestead: https://www.youtube.com/c/HaphazardHomestead
"Marty Gots a Plan" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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