To make a statement like “I made a pasta mistake and turned it into dog bones” you probably think I’ve been hitting the egg nog a bit hard. That might be true…. it was Bloody Mary’s actually and I had to finish the batch because I needed the space in the fridge. Good enough excuse? Well, here’s what happened.
I freeze all my flour before using it. I learned this trick years ago – it’s supposed to kill whatever critters may have invaded the flour from the store or packing plant. So when I get home from the market, the flour goes into the freezer and is stored there until I need to replenish my canister in the kitchen. You needed to know this why? Oh because….
I have had a package of Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour in the freezer for some time now. I haven’t used it as much as I thought I would as hubby is not a fan of whole wheat anything. So today, I was determined to use it and started making pasta with it. I know that’s an unconventional flour to use, but I have been out of “00” flour for some time and read somewhere that pastry flour was similar. Well, it’s not – at least not this type of whole wheat pastry flour.
I used a pasta dough recipe I have been using for a few years, so I’m really familiar with it. I know how the dough is supposed to look and feel. The dough turned out rock hard. I thought if I let it rest for 30 minutes or so it might loosen or lighten up. Silly me! It was still stiff and hard when I checked it 30 minutes later. I had to abandon the idea of using it for pasta. Now what?
Our dog Cuffy is a true Italian dog. He LOVES pasta dry or cooked. When I get into the pasta cupboard (you have a pasta cupboard right? Or at least a pasta shelf?) Cuffy jumps to attention from wherever he is because he knows he may get a pasta noodle or two thrown in his direction. In fact, when he is outside doing his “business” and taking too long, I just yell out “pasta” and he runs in the house for his treat. Strange but true!
So here I have this stiff pasta dough that isn’t fit for human consumption but I have a willing dog to eat it up. I roll out the dough and cut biscuits in dog bone shapes and cook them up. Cuffy’s not real sure about these pasta bones yet, but our bonus dog Maggie (having a sleepover at our house for a few weeks) loves them! Cuffy eventually figured out how good they are but it took him awhile, he’s a little slow. Okay, he’s not too bright, that’s why his nickname is “40-watt”.
I’ve included the pasta recipe. It’s a good recipe for pasta if you use “00” flour or even all-purpose flour. In case you want to make dog bones use whole wheat flour.
I made another batch of pasta with all-purpose flour and it came out great. Made fettuccine and lasagna noodles. Here’s the link to the lasagna roll-up recipe.