Arugula Pasta with a Creamy Garlic and Mushroom Sauce

Arugula Pasta with a Creamy Garlic and Mushroom Sauce

Fresh Arugula Pasta Dough

1/2 cup fresh baby arugula
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1-1/2 cup fine semolina flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon garlic olive oil

Combine the arugula and tablespoon of lemon juice in a blender or food processor and process until it forms a fine green paste.

Place all the dry ingredients in to the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine.  Mix 1/4 cup of the arugula paste with the eggs and olive oil.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and pulse until the mixture begins to form a ball. Add a little water if dough is dry.  Remove dough from the bowl, knead until smooth, form into a ball and let rest, covered for at least 1 hour.

This dough can be rolled out by hand or to setting 6 on a pasta machine, and then cut in to any shape pasta.

Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil.

Creamy Garlic and Mushroom Sauce

1 cup thinly sliced fresh shiitake and or baby portabella mushrooms
1 medium shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons garlic olive oil 
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup Tellagio and or Fontina Cheese
Salt & pepper to taste

Heat the garlic oil in a large saute pan set over medium heat. Add minced shallots, and thinly sliced mushrooms and saute until just barely golden. Add the garlic and saute for an additional minute. Pour in the white wine and reduce by half. Add the heavy cream and stir to combine. Simmer the sauce for another minute before adding the cheese. Stir until the cheese is completely combined, then taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.
 
Boil the fresh pasta for 2 minutes, drain well, and then add to the sauce in the saute pan.  Simmer for a minute and then serve with additional cheese over the top, if desired.