Binging with Babish: Pasta Puttanesca from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

[Narrator]: “While they waited for the pasta to boil, Violet sauteed the garlic and washed and chopped the anchovies By the time it was time for the youngest Baudelaire to chop the parsley with her teeth All three children felt less miserable than they had… … Since they first came to Count Olaf’s.” [Babish]: Hey, what’s up guys? Welcome back to Binging With Babish. Where this week we’re taking a look at the Pasta Puttanesca from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. A pasta sauce that I hate and whose ingredients are strewn here before you, but first we have to make fresh pasta This isn’t our first time making fresh pasta on the show, so let’s play around a little bit. I’m going to start by mixing equal parts That is two and a half ounces each of semolina and all-purpose flour. Add a little bit of kosher salt. Whisk to combine and then measure out exactly 2.3 ounces of eggs. Removing extra white as necessary and adding into a well, that we’ve dug into the center of our flours. And whisking with a fork until roughly combined. At which point, we’re turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface And begin, sort of bringing together with a bench scraper and once it starts forming a cohesive ball We’re gonna start kneading Now despite all this precise measurement, you might find that your dough is still a little too sticky. So flour as needed. And beat this guy into a smooth tacky mass. That is tacky, not sticky. Think play-doh. Pasta is after all, adult play-doh. Form into a nice, sort of thick disc and wrap in plastic-wrap. And let rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. But we’re not done yet, because I wanna try my hand at a straight-up semolina pasta dough That is semolina flour, salt and water. Nothing else. A little less hydration for this pasta dough. More like 2oz of water to 5oz of semolina flour. We’re going to mix it together likewise with a fork. Turn it out onto a work surface and knead until tacky It’s almost exactly the same process, but I think it’s gonna yield a little bit more toothsome noodle And if you’re into drying your pasta This is a better option. Because it doesn’t have any eggs in it and that’s exactly how they make the pasta that you buy in the store. But we’re not gonna do that, We’re going to wrap this guy up likewise in plastic-wrap and let them both rest for 30 minutes. Go enjoy 1 and 1/3rds episodes of your favorite Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce sitcom And return to some well rested pasta dough. Roll it out with this little wooden dowel, because you lost your rolling pin when you moved apartments. And begin laminating. That is rolling out on the widest setting on your pasta roller. Folding out into thirds. Rolling out using our dowel. Or a proper rolling pin. And then rotating 90 degree, rolling out again and repeating three times. If your dough has any crackliness to it You will watch it disappear during this process that greatly improves your dough’s texture. Then, one notch at a time, we’re going to start rolling a thinner and thinner I’m gonna go down to number three on my pasta roller Give your finalized sheet of dough one last dusting of flour and then bust out the cutting attachment. Once you’ve cut your first batch of noodles place them on a flour dusted baking sheet That you probably should have had ready before you cut your first batch of noodles and twist them down into a nice little pasta nest. I personally prefer to cut these by hands so they can be a little thicker But we got to be accurate. And this is what the annoyingly named Baudelaire orphans used in the critically acclaimed Netflix series Once we’re done making our pasta nests We’re going to cover them in plastic-wrap and fridge him while we repeat the process with our egg dough It’s during this time that we can take a break from talking about food and talk about something else, like sports. Like the Washinton Capitols and how they won the Stanley Cup and how important that is in the history of the dough Thank God we can get back to cooking specifically the mise-en-place for our Puttanesca sauce We have to start by pitting our olives and the easiest way to do this is to give them a little smash like a garlic clove Revealing the delicious pit within and discarding the soft fleshy exterior I’m just kidding do the opposite of that and give the olives a little chop Just chunky enough that you still know that you’re eating an olive. Set them aside And then we’re going to more finely chop up a couple tablespoons of capers. And then something I’ve been looking forward to all day Opening up a stainky-ass can of anchovies. We’re giving those little rinse then a little dry and then a little chop. I literally do not care how finely you chop them. Next up, we got to deal with the parsley. And as you saw in the show, we need to chop these finely with our teeth. This proved to be pretty difficult And of course, I’m just kidding. Use a knife. Be sanitary. Don’t be gross. We’re then to prepare our tomatoes by… Opening them up. Use a fork, if you want. And then we’re going to peel and roughly chop what looked to me like four to five to six or seven cloves of garlic. Do this by giving each and every individual clove a little smash with your knife, pulling it out of the skin and giving it a little chop, and there we go. Everything’s ready for our sauce So it can be dumped in as necessary Time to change our apron ’cause we got a little gross. There that’s better. And now it’s time to sauté our garlic in maybe three or four tablespoons of olive oil for no more than a minute. We don’t want these browning or anything. We just want to make them fragrant. We’re then going to add our can of san marzano tomatoes Breaking them up with our wooden spoon until they’re in nice small pieces and then bringing the whole affair to a simmer. If you want a more pronounced anchovy flavor, you can add them when you saute the garlic, but obviously that’s not what I’m after I’m going to add maybe two tablespoons worth now that the tomatoes are all nice and bubbly. Along with our olives. Maybe 1/2 cups worth. Again, you can optionally sauté these along with the garlic. and lastly our chopped capers. And then it’s time to simmer this guy for eight to nine minutes It’s during this time that we can again engage in non-food based conversation like Uhh… Cryptocurrency. I hear there was a, ehmm… A dip recently. A big old dip and and when that happens it generally indicates a trend. That now when the sauce gets to a point when you can drag your spoon through it and see the bottom of the pot That means you’re good to go. It’s time to kill the heat and add the chopped parsley. Let the residual heat mellow those sort of bright, herbaceous flavors And keep the sauce warm while you let your pasta boil for no more than one minute. Remember, this is fresh pasta. It does not take long to cook. If you dried your pasta, do more like three or four minutes. Now the orphans serve their pasta plain, with the sauce poured over top I don’t recommend this but if you’re gonna do it Make sure you butter your pasta and season them with a little bit of salt and pepper so it doesn’t stick together And so it’s not so reliant on the sauce for seasoning. I could just eat this as is but it’s time to plate up. We’re going to put a nice generous twirl of pasta in our bowl and drape the sauce over top Don’t go skimping on the sauce now because there’s nothing worse in the world than under-sauced pasta You can optionally garnish with a little bit of extra parsley and then it’s time to dig in Give it a little bit of Tony Soprano style stabbing and mixing with your fork to get the sauce all worked in there. And let’s see if I can stomach more than just one bite of this monstrosi- Actually, it’s not that bad It’s kind of like a muffaletta It’s a lot of things that I don’t like coming together to make something greater than the sum of their parts So a clean plate club entrant for sure, but I think we can sauce it up a little bit better Y’all know how I like to do it and that is get a single serving of sauce simmering in a saute pan Cook your noodles and this time we’re going to want to just barely touch them with boiled water like 30 seconds. Before finishing cooking them in the sauce Adding a nice pad of butter and giving the whole thing as my buddy Brad Leone would say “a nice tossy-toss” This helps aerate the butter and makes the sauce creamier and lighter We’re gonna plate it up with a pasta fork like my other best friend Jon Favreau Hit it with a little bit of extra sauce and like my godfather Francis Ford Coppola would do. I’m just kidding. That went off the rails. Grate some Parmesan cheese over top. Now, we have a true member of the clean plate club leaving more time for pleasant conversation. You guys playing Fortnite?

100 thoughts on “Binging with Babish: Pasta Puttanesca from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”

  1. Babish: LEAVING us more time for some PLEASANT conversation… Do guys play FORTNITE?

    *then it cuts the video! ? ? ? ? ?

  2. Fresh pasta? They don’t make fresh pasta in the book. The find a drawer full of stale random pasta shapes.

  3. Babish could make an entire series strictly following A Series Of Unfortunate Events. I’d be intrigued at those horseradish apples that save the siblings from fungi poison.

  4. I hate anchovies on pizza. However, when adding anchovies to an Italian sauce, the anchovies break down and disappear into the oil. The flavor is pure umami and mimics the varieties of fish and oyster sauce used in Asia to add extraordinary flavor to cuisine.

  5. Neil patrick harris (and specifically his version of count olaf) is overrated and people only are infatuated with him because he's gay.

  6. I made this and it was so easy and delicious, even if you use sardines instead of anchovies and marinated artichoke instead of capers

  7. Hi there babish go to avatar the last Airbender comics north and south part 3 and almost at the end you will hear of some good food

  8. Videogames make for a much better fill-up conversation than the other topics. 😉 but no fortnite please. Darkest Dungeon. 😉

  9. I had lost my binder, got really stressed, and then took a break to watch this video, and within less than a minute of it, the stress vanished.

    still haven't found it

  10. Babish in Puttanesca video: There is nothing worse than undersauced pasta

    Also Babish in the tres leches cake video: There is nothing worse than a dry cake


  11. Pasta goes always goes into the sauce to finish cooking. Cardinal pasta sin…
    Plus there is no chilli in this recipe, serious putanesca faux pas

  12. spaghetti coated with cheese from korean drama "pasta" which still delicious though get cold.
    normally i not k drama fans but i had 3 k drama i love because have food theme, as my favorite called "pasta" and "bread love and dream"

  13. Ewwwww why use the new junk version go with the original it’s a million times better and the actors where a million times more believable then the new ones

  14. How do you clean and disenfict your counter top? I can't chop or knead anything on mine because i feel it's dirty even if i bleach it

  15. I'm finally realizing this idiot can't cook but understands how to make a YouTube video for the modern millennial idiot viewer. One of the most disgusting and idiotic Puttanesca recipes I've ever seen. Gross

  16. "nothing worse in the world than under sauced pasta"

    The best Italian pasta relies on a conservative use of sauce so the pasta has its own taste. You prove in every video that you learned how to cook online.

  17. "Pasta is adult play-doh" I will use this as an excuse to go mental the next time someone makes Barilla pasta and the cheep sauce that goes with it and acts like it fancy.

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