Recipe: Better Half’s Silk Handkerchief Pasta


From the menu … Better Half, 349 14th St., Atlanta. 404-695-4547; betterhalfatl.com

Recently, I dined at Better Half. My friend and I got the Silk Handkerchief Pasta to share. I usually don’t eat much pasta, but this probably the best pasta I’ve had in Atlanta and I can’t wait to have it again! I would be very interested if they will share the recipe with you. — Hannah Wang, Atlanta

Zach and Cristina Meloy were happy to share the recipe for this handmade pasta dish with its sauce that coaxes every bit of flavor out of roasted and dried mushrooms.

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The home cook can source most of the ingredients for this recipe from the Buford Highway Farmers Market where fresh snap pea shoots and a variety of mushrooms are available all year round.

In this recipe, the Meloys often use a mixture of hon shimeji, buna shimeji, portabella, cremini, and oyster mushrooms. They grind the dried mushroom powder themselves, purchasing dried porcinis or other mushrooms from local purveyors.

If you’ve been wanting to experiment with handmade pasta, this is a great recipe to try. The dough is very forgiving and rolls out beautifully.

Tomato Marmalade

You can substitute corn syrup for the glucose here, although you may want to cut down a little on the sugar since corn syrup is sweeter than glucose. Glucose is available at Cake Art in Tucker.


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