Pantry Clear-out – Day 1 (Whole Wheat Pasta)

Over the last few years, I’ve made many resolutions to empty out my freezers due to excess frost build-up. Unfortunately, great grocery sales keep tempting me to bring home more goodies to stuff inside.

Today is the last day of classes and I’ll have about three months of free time to play in my kitchen. It also means no pay cheques coming in. A perfect time to use up what I already have. I’ll try to buy only items absolutely needed to finish off carefully planned dishes or menus. I’ll transfer as much of the contents of the freezer that’s next to my kitchen as possible, to the one used for long term storage in the basement, and use up what’s left. When the freezer is empty, I’ll thaw the freezer, removing any ice that falls off the sides, then clean and dry carefully. When it comes back up to temperature, I’ll do the reverse with the one in the basement.

Keep your fingers crossed that I’ll end up with two frost-freezers, a much reduced pantry, and a few extra dollars in my pocket, by the end of the summer.

Whole Wheat Pasta Pappardelle with Duck Ragu

Whole Wheat Pasta – makes ~ 1 lb/454 gm pasta, serves 2-4

2 cups/250 gm whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
water (6-8 tbsp) **

** add 1 tbsp of olive oil and then water, as needed

Add the flour and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse briefly on low.

Add the eggs and olive oil to the food processor through the feed tube, pulsing briefly. With the food processor on, slowly add the water, a tablespoon at a time until the dough gathers together into a ball.

Remove the pasta dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead for 3-4 minutes using as little extra flour as possible.


Shape the dough into a ball and wrap tightly with plastic food wrap. Let sit on the counter for 30 minutes to allow the gluten developed during kneading to relax.



Divide into 3-4 portions and roll out with a rolling pin or pasta machine to about 1/8 th to 1/16 th inch thickness, depending on the purpose required. Cut into strips etc.

Fill a large pot with water, salt generously and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for 3-5 minutes until the pasta is tender but still a bit chewy. Dress as desired.


11 thoughts on “Pantry Clear-out – Day 1 (Whole Wheat Pasta)

    1. Thank you for that lovely comment. I have to confess that I didn’t roll out the pasta as thinly as I should have but I was too lazy to dig out my manual pasta machine and roll the pasta out as I should have. It took less than 5 minutes to cook the pasta … if it had been thinner, 3 or 1/2 minutes might have been enough.

  1. Nothing beats home made pasta! I usually clean out my chest freezer in the winter when i can just toss everything into a box and put it outside. I also inventory then too.

    1. Winter is a very practical time and I’ve done that in the past. Now that I’ve got 2 freezers though, the timing isn’t as important … just the motivation. 🙂

  2. Anne.. at least that’s what I’ve called you in my head all these years, because I know you prefer to remain annonous.. have you ever had a moment of realization that absolutely slapped you across the face? I did, just now. All these years, I had no idea that you did this. I actually thought that you were one of my cousins who had been commenting… until this morning when I happened to click on your name, and here you are. I’m delightfully surprised, and embarrassingly ashamed for not realizing sooner..

    This is lovely!! I look forward to catching up with you… you have truly inspired me to try whole wheat pasta!

    I’m so happy to know that I’m not the only one who lets her pantry and freezer get out of hand! You enjoy your time off this summer, while I enjoy your blog. ❤️❤️

  3. Your pasta looks delicious! I should first eat all the packages of dried pasta (and Asian noodles!) if I wanted to make my own… I must have a stock of pasta and noodles for several months!

    1. I have a similar stuffed pantry (rice and udon noodles are in there right now, as well as several shapes of regular noodles) but I wanted to try whole wheat. Luckily, I could make a small batch of pasta using this recipe. Even though it was supposed to only feed 2 … it was enough for 4 portions.

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