Comfort food to get you through the cold

Comfort food to get you through the cold

Wet, warm and cloudy. Not ideal weather for Minnesota in December. Although it hasn’t been as cold as normal due to climate change, I still crave some wholesome, warm, eat-until-you-want-to-hibernate type of food to make the serotonin flow. This recipe is just that, but with a little fresh zest; a spice and brightness that makes you tell yourself (or your partner), “don’t stop.”  So cozy up this weekend, cook in your underwear, crack a bottle and make something from scratch.

Comfort food for cold days, TiltMNEgg pasta, yield: 5 servings


4 large eggs

1c OO flour

3c semolina flour

1t salt



In a large sized bowl, combine flours and salt.

Make a well in the flour, add the slightly beaten egg, and mix. Mixture should form stiff dough. If needed, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water.

Knead for 10 minutes and let rest for 30 minutes.

Cut the dough in 4 pieces and cover with a damp towel.

Grab one of the pieces of dough and smash it down with your hands until its about 1/4in thick.

Homemade pasta, TiltMNThen using a pasta roller, start at the thickest setting and roll the past through it (you may want to do this setting twice). Then, lower the setting by one notch and roll the pasta through. Continue until you reach the thinnest setting.

You should have a rather long sheet of pasta. Cut into 10in lengths and layer them on top of each other, making sure there is a fair amount of semolina flour between the layers so it doesn’t stick.

Once they are stacked nicely, cut pasta every 1in and set aside with plastic wrap or damp towel over the top.

Cook pasta in salty, boiling water until tender.

Using this same technique, you can cut different sizes to get different noodles.


Some ribbon pasta sizes include:

Pappardelle: ¾-1in wide ribbon cut

Tagliatelle: 1/4in wide ribbon cut

Linguine: 1/5in wide

Fettucine: thick noodle 1/2in wide


Veal Ragú, yield: 4 servings


2lbs cage free, local veal, ground

1 onion, small dice

Homemade pasta, TiltMN1 stalk celery, small dice

1 carrot, small dice

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can roasted tomatoes, chopped with juice

1T tomato paste

1ea orange, just the zest of the whole orange

5 sprigs, fresh thyme

1ea bay leaf

1t crushed red pepper

1c red wine

1c vegetable or chicken stock




Heat a large pot on the stove with 5T grapeseed oil until the oil starts to smoke, on med-high heat.

Homemade pasta TiltMNGently place the ground veal into the oil, let it sear for 5 mins or so, then flip and repeat until the veal is nicely caramelized and almost cooked through. Then season with salt and black pepper.

Add onion, celery, carrot, garlic, bay, crushed red pepper and thyme. Sauté for 5 mins while scraping all of the fond of the bottom of the pan.

Turn heat down to medium flame and add stock, wine, chopped tomatoes with juice, tomato paste and whisk together until fully incorporated, then add the orange zest. Bring to a simmer and taste it.

Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 1 hour, or until sauce is reduced to optimal thickness.

When done, pull out the thyme stalks.

Taste for salt and acid. The ragú should be rich and bright.

Mount 5oz Ragú with 2T butter and serve over 5oz cooked pappardelle (or whichever pasta you choose) with fresh grated Parmesan over the top.

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Comfort food to get you through the cold