I recently decided to try making pasta dough with vegemite in it. I searched and searched on the internet but couldn't find a single recipe. There were plenty where vegemite is added as a sauce over the top of cooked pasta. But nothing where the vegemite was added to the dough itself. If it's out there I certainly couldn't find it. I gave it a try expecting there was a good reason that there was no recipe out there. Perhaps it was a truly awful idea that would end in disaster. My conclusion; nope there is no good reason that there aren't more recipes for this out in internet land. Vegemite pasta is delicious, subtle and moreish. If you are brand new to pasta making, I would save this recipe for when you've had a bit more experience and have a sense of how to work with dough and make adjustments to the amount of flour to get just the right consistency.
For 4 Person(s)
- 1 Cup 00 Flour
- 1 Cup Semolina
- 3 eggs
- 3 Tbps Vegemite
- Butter for serving
- Parmesan Cheese for serving
- 1/2 Cup 00 Flour for dusting
Vegemite Pasta Directions
- Put your flour and semolina into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack in the eggs and add the vegemite.
- Begin to mix your dough with a spoon until the ingredients just start to come together. You will need to mash in the vegemite to make sure it is incorporated properly. Once the ingredients have come together turn it out on to a floured work surface and start kneading. The vegemite makes the dough wetter than it would normally be so keep adding a dusting of the extra 00 flour that you've kept aside as you knead the dough until you get an elastic dough. Knead for approximately 10 minutes, then wrap in plastic cling film and set aside in the fridge to rest for minimum of 30 minutes.
- When the dough is rested it's time to start rolling it out using a pasta machine. Break off a piece of the dough, dust it in a little bit of plain flour and then roll it starting on the widest setting of your machine (generally 0). Because of the addition of vegemite don't take the dough past setting 7. Past this point it tends to rip. Pop on a spaghetti attachment to your pasta machine and run your pasta sheet through. Dust in a little more flour and then set aside to dry.
- Cook the pasta for at least 8 minutes in boiling water before testing to see if they are ready.
- To finish off you could use a little bit of melted butter and some finely grated parmesan cheese. This dish doesn't need any complicated or heavy sauces which would only mask the vegemite in the pasta.