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February 5, 2014

Sweetening the pot

A Valentine's meal that's kissed with honey

Why wait for dessert to give your Valentine’s Day dinner a sweet touch? We’ve created a delicious savory dinner that has a sweet side thanks to a touch of honey.

Start with homemade pasta tossed with a lemon-honey sauce and chopped fresh herbs. Don’t be intimidated by making pasta from scratch. If you enjoy cooking together, dump the ingredients on the counter and knead them together into a dough. Or for ease, do it in the food processor. Either way, the fun is in rolling it out and cutting it. No special equipment needed.

While you’re working on the pasta, roast the second course — honey-pepper olives and green beans with shrimp.

And for dessert? Keep it simple. Fresh strawberries drizzled with honey.

HANDMADE PASTA WITH LEMON, HERBS AND HONEY

Start to finish: 45 minutes

Servings: 4

For the pasta:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons water

For the sauce:

Zest and juice of 2 lemons

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 cup mixed torn fresh herbs (such as parsley, chervil, basil, tarragon and chives)

Salt and ground black pepper

Parmesan cheese, to serve

In a food processor, combine the flour, salt, eggs, olive oil and water. Process until the dough forms a ball. Continue processing for another minute to knead the dough. Transfer the ball of dough to the counter. Cover with an overturned bowl or plastic wrap, and let rest for 30 minutes.

Once the dough has rested, cut it in half. Using a rolling pin, one at a time, roll each half out on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into an oblong as thin as possible. Using a pizza wheel or paring knife, cut the dough into long strips or irregular squares. Sprinkle the cut pasta with a bit of flour or cornmeal to prevent it from sticking.

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