Charcoal Pici with Spicy Garlic Chili Oil

This recipe will make two generous portions for you and your sweetie (or you and you later).


Pasta Dough

- 1 cup AP flour

- 1/2 cup warm water

- 1 tbsp Suncore Foods Activated Charcoal Coconut color powder


- 1 tbsp butter

- 1/4 dry white wine

- 1/4 starchy pasta water

- 1 tbsp Trader Joe's Chili Onion Crunch

- 1/2 tsp garlic powder


1. Measure flour onto your cutting board and create a well in the middle large enough that the water won't spill out.

2. Measure your water, just warm to the touch from the sink and pour into the flour well. Sprinkle the charcoal powder over the water and start mixing with a fork.

3. Incorporate the flour into the water until the dough becomes too stiff to mix with the fork and start kneading by hand. Knead the dough until all the flour is incorporated.

4. Cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap and set aside for at least 15 minutes.

5. Once the dough has rested, uncover it and cut it into quarters. Take one quarter to roll out and keep the rest covered in plastic wrap so it doesn't dry out.

6. Take the quarter of dough and start rolling it with your flat palm into a long snake shape. I usually start on one side of the dough rolling it out like play-dough and work my way across to the other side.

7. Once you have the circumference of about 1/4 inch, cut the dough about 6 inches long. The noodle should look similar to a spaghetti noodle but thicker.

8. Repeat this process with the remaining dough. I am usually able to make about 10 noodles with each quarter of dough but results may vary depending on how thick you make your strands. Don't worry about making them look perfect, the rustic, hand made look is nice with this shape.

9. When all of your noodles are rolled out, flour them slightly so they won't stick to one another.

10. Boil your water and start the sauce. Melt the butter and start to toast the spices in the butter.

11. When the butter and spices are getting fragrant, add the wine and simmer for about 5 minutes until the alcohol has burned off. Turn down the heat while you cook the pasta for 5-7 minutes.

12. When the pasta is almost done cooking, spoon some of the pasta water into the sauce and turn the heat back up.

13. Strain the pasta and add the noodles to the sauce and toss to combine.

14. I like to top with a little extra spice and some parmesan. Bon appetite!

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