Homemade Basil Pasta + Blendtec Giveaway

How to make homemade pasta dough with basil from scratch using a Blendtec Twister Jar (plus, I’m giving one away). The basil here is used similar to how you would make spinach pasta dough rather than just mixing in minced herbs, which results in a green-colored pasta and a strong but not overwhelming basil flavor.



This past Sunday we headed off to the farmers market to find the vendors are slowly starting to clear. It happens every year around this time when their particular items are done for the season, and with the weather dropping to below freezing this weekend, you can be sure the trend will continue in higher numbers the next two weekends.

This always sends me into a sort of frenzy where I suddenly feel as though I need to buy every single apple available, stack case upon case of tomatoes in the trunk, consider the finer points of freezing and blanching and canning and preserving and literally bite off more than I can chew in each department. The chill in the air seems to penetrate down into my soul, which I assume sits slightly to the right of where my heart lies.

I imagine that winter comes like the dementors, spreading cold across all that is living, and looking to suck my soul from my body. My personal Patronus is the act of stockpiling all that I can in an effort to keep my soul intact. (Yes, I am rereading Harry Potter with my 8-year-old.)

(Incidentally, pictured above is my 6-year-old. She still prefers Dr. Seuss for her nightly reading and her HP via video. I imagine her Patronus to be a Seuss-like mix of Hedwig and Fawkes. I apologize to everyone who is not a Harry Potter fan or forced to become one via your children.)

This is how I came to be cooking down 6 quarts of tomatoes, turning the last of my basil into pesto and pasta, baking bread, canning salsa, and simmering applesauce all at once Sunday afternoon. Luckily, I had helping hands and a gorgeous day to spend together in the kitchen prepping food for the week ahead.

As we were sitting down to dinner that night, pasta on plates eaten on the patio for perhaps the final time this year, I realized that my most treasured family moments are born out of the kitchen and the congregation that happens there. Two kids fed pasta dough through the machine at the counter, another worked on stirring sauce, and the fourth sat working on homework on the same floured table where the pasta dough was kneaded. It was chaos, but in each separate moment within the chaos was this intense calm where I could have stopped time and remained forever.

A Giveaway:

I’m giving away a Blendtec Total Blender Classic Wildside and Twister Jar to one lucky reader!

  • The Wildside has a 4″ blade a a 3-quart BPA-free jar.
  • Smart-Touch Tec-nology incorporates variable speeds that ensure your smoothies, soups, and sauves are extra smooth and your ice expertly crushed.
  • The Twister Jar is specifically engineered for creating smooth pesto, pasta dough, nut butters and more.
  • A 7-Year Warranty to protect your investment and be enjoy the blender for years to come.

TO ENTER:

Leave me a comment! Any little comment. Tell me about your blender woes (I killed my last one by leaving a spoon in it!) or your favorite things to make with a blender.


For Bonus Entries:
Tweet or share the following on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did:

Enter to win a @Blendtec Wildside Blender via @FoodforMyFamily http://wp.me/puu57-39b #giveaway


Share this recipe on Pinterest and leave a commenting letting me know you did.

THE RULES:

This giveaway is provided by Blendtec and will run until Friday, October 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm CDT and is open to all U.S. residents 18 years of age and older. A winner will be chosen at random using Random.org from all eligible entries. Chosen winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!


Note: You can use the Twister Jar to mix the flour into the pasta dough as well. Add the flour slowly, and pulse while turning the Twister lid counterclockwise until all the flour is incorporated. Remove the dough and knead as directed in the recipe.

1 cup fresh basil leaves
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
pinch sea salt
1 3/4 cups “00” flour or all-purpose flour

In a blender, mix together basil leaves, eggs, and oil. Pulse until smooth, though some flecks of basil are expected. Place the flour on the table and create a well in the center. Pour the basil and egg mixture into the well. Mixing with a fork, incorporate the flour until a dough forms. The dough should be slightly tough. Knead the dough 5-7 times and then allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes.

After the dough rests, continue to knead until all the lumps are gone. At this point you can feed the dough through a pasta machine, starting on the highest setting and then moving to lower settings, or you can roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface using a rolling pin to 1/8″ thick or thinner. Cut into strips. Hang the pasta to dry slightly as you prepare the water.

Note: Pasta can be dried completely for at least 3 hours and then stored in an airtight container for up to three days or frozen and stored for up to a month.

In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water and 3 tablespoons of salt to a boil. Add the pasta, stirring as it goes in so that it does not stick together, return to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Check the pasta at this point. Fresh pasta generally cooks in 2-6 minutes depending on thickness.

When the pasta is al dente, drain, and toss with desired pasta sauce or olive oil/butter. Serve immediately.


Makes 3-4 servings.
Copyright © Food for My Family.

Comments

  1. My blender is on its last legs. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. This looks so delicious!

    I actually just had to throw away my blender…it stopped working for no reason.

  3. Ooohh! I NEED this blender!! I make my own baby food, and I’ve wanted a Blendtec for SO LONG!!

  4. My blender was supposed to be an ‘ice crusher’ but it never makes smoothies the way I want them!

  5. I like my blender, it’s an Oster beehive, but I have always wanted a Blendtec! The pasta looks amazing too.

  6. This pasta looks incredible, Shaina! I just received a Blendtec but I still haven’t used the twister jar…need to do that ASAP. Your daughter is beyond adorable!

  7. I want that twister jar, oh the fun I’d have with that!

  8. I would go crazy with healthy smoothie shakes! :)

  9. Tweeted this!

  10. The motor on my blender burned out last week…I am doing without for the moment.

  11. Pinned this on Pinterest! :)

  12. I once had a blender give out at the bottom when making a smoothie. That was quite the mess! Apparently the seal on the bottom just gave it up.

  13. I’m hard on blenders. Usually they end up burning out because I ask too much of them. I miss the glass Waring lab blender that I grew up with that also made my dad’s baby food. The new Waring units aren’t even remotely that good.

  14. LOL, I feel much the way you do when the produce starts to disappear. Frantically preserving it as much as I can, even though in reality, most of it is available throughout the year. I hate buying at the grocery store, though.

  15. This looks fabulous, Shaina! Yummy.

    Love your little cutie-pu-tutie, too!

    xo

  16. Tweeted!

  17. I burnt the motor..:(

  18. Harry Potter – love it! My 7 year old is obsessed right now.
    I killed my blender a few years ago, and have yet to replace it. There are so many things I want to make in one!!

  19. I definitely need a real blender! My magic bullet will not do.

  20. my current blender requires the numerous stop and stir method to get any ingredients to smoothy consistency… it does the job- but the Blendtec sounds glorious!

  21. I have been dying to get my hands on a blendtec blender!! Mine current one doesn’t blend very well, so there’s always huge chunks, which drives me crazy!

  22. I shared/promoted this on twitter!

  23. I don’t have a blender because they all stop working on me and after the last one I refused to buy a new one. Haha! I have seen demonstrations of the Blendtec and it’s so awesome!

  24. Allison C says:

    I have a $20 Target special blender. It can’t even chop ice! It is pretty much worthless and I’m not sure why I keep it around.

  25. Our current blender, which was supposed to be a good one according to multiple respected sources, began leaking at the base several months ago. Minimal leaking so we still use it frequently, but washing the base every time is getting annoying.

  26. Our blender is awful, so I would LOVE a new one! I’m pretty sure it’s the loudest blender ever made, and it’s not even accomplishing much with all that noise.

  27. My blender went out @ 3 mos. ago and due to my family’s financial situation that is just not at the top of our priority list. Would love to have a blender again especially for fruit smoothies and sauces.

    I will post on facebook (not a tweeter).

  28. How I adore basil anything, especially pasta! Love this post! And who doesn’t love a good giveaway? :) I make mostly pesto and smoothies in my ancient yard-sale-bought blender, but it would be amazing to have a new one!

  29. Would love to have a Blendtec!! Our little generic one is NOT up to the tasks that I put it through. :/

  30. Kiki Bacaro says:

    I’ve exploded a thing or two out of my blender…the most memorable one would be the black beans I was pureeing….pretty sure there is still some stuck on the popcorn ceiling!

  31. What an awesome giveaway! A blendtec has been on my bucket list for so long! I love making green smoothies. And I absolutely love this homemade pasta dish!

  32. My blender is just ok. I’d love to make better smoothies!

  33. Kiki Bacaro says:

    Tweeted!

  34. Kiki Bacaro says:

    Shared on Facebook!

  35. Blender troubles!? Not much, but ABSOLUTLY would like more power for more options!

  36. Kiki Bacaro says:

    shared on pinterest!

  37. We’ve gone through 5 blenders – burned them out just crushing ice in smoothies! Now we use the Magic Bullet, but don’t think it will work for pasta blending :)

  38. I lost my blender a little over a month ago when I was making a sauce for a light cajun pasta. My husband has been wanting smoothies, so I hope we can get a new one soon. Plus, I just pureed a lot of pumpkin and it would come in handy for some new recipes I want to try.

  39. I pinned the recipe! :)

  40. Pinned the recipe!!

  41. My family loves coleslaw made in the blender-this would be perfect for that.

  42. Tweeted!!

  43. It would be a blessings to win a blender like this one!

  44. My blender just doesn’t get the use it used to before I had kids…

  45. This pasta looks splendid. I am having a party on the 21st and would love to have the Blendtec for preparing. Hope I win, hope I win, Hope I win!

  46. Favorite thing to make in my blender would have to be pizza sauce. It’s becoming a weekly tradition.

  47. shaunie wyatt says:

    My favorite thing to make in a blender is salad dressings

  48. I could use a more powerful blender for my smoothie obsession.

  49. My blender is 100 years old and doesn’t do much of anything. Thanks for the giveaway.

  50. My sister kept borrowing it. Now she has “accidentally” packed it with her and it’s now living in Iowa!

  51. I love making soups in a blender so quick and easy!

  52. shaunie wyatt says:
  53. My favorite thing to make in my blender are frozen sombreros. So good! The pasta recipe looks delicious. I love the sweet flavor of basil.

  54. shaunie wyatt says:
  55. My blender is slowly dying due to our recent smoothie habits…

  56. When I win this Blendtec I will make your Homemade Basil Pasta right away!

  57. My mother in law made me an unforgettable smoothie in her blendtec of cottage cheese, unsweetened coconut, frozen pineapple and mango. Our trusty old cheap blender will only tolerate so much more of my husband’s daily blueberry granola smoothies… Xxoo

  58. Kristen M. says:
  59. Kristen M. says:

    My blender is dead. The replacement part costs about $25 to fix but when it broke around the holidays last year, it wasn’t a budget priority. I would love a Blendtec replacement!

  60. Love to hide greens in the kids’ fruit smoothies!

  61. This looks amazing! Making it tonight!

  62. Wow… that pasta looks truly amazing. Would love to give it a go. We have a not-very-good blender and generally just use it for smoothies, but I’d love to have a higher powered one that could make flour, nut butters, hummus, etc. Thanks for the great review! winterwrens at gmail dot com

  63. This pasta looks deeeeeeelish! We use our blender quite a bit – mostly for smoothies. I’d love to upgrade to one of these beauties!

  64. I like making Smoothies in the mornings. Fast and a healthy breakfast.

  65. I’ve been drooling over the Blendtec blender for so long! Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  66. Oh my, my olf favorite blender, an Osterizer 16 speed, finaly died this summer and I mean to tell you, blenders these days leave a lot to be desired! 5 or 6 speeds seems to be the norm, and plastic!!!!!!! I could so use this blender!

  67. OOhhh–I need a new blender for smoothies!!

  68. I use my blender to make soups … lots of soups.

  69. I posted on FB about the giveaway

  70. Heather K Miller says:

    My 2 year old daughter and I make green smoothies together everyday! Our blender is about pushing its last days though!

  71. Heather K Miller says:

    I shared this on my “dinners I just have to try” pin board!

  72. I pinned your beautiful photo
    http://pinterest.com/pin/130252614194080270/

  73. Gabrielle says:

    I’d love to have a blender that actually blends ;)

  74. Lora Johns says:

    We dote on smoothies around here and my son is starting to make protein drinks after his gym workouts. My blender is circa 1970 as a wedding present. Does that tell you I should be thinking about buying a new one?

  75. We usually make smoothies in our blender. It does an OK job, nothing great. This one looks like it would do way better!

  76. Wow my blender is way too loud and I have to shake it all the time just to get it to blend.

  77. My first blender broke when I put the glass pitcher in the freezer with its contents. When I took it out it was frozen solid. I didn’t realize this until I tried to blend it and it overheated the motor… oopsie. My current blender sounds like a lawn mower in the kitchen, it is so loud. Would love to own a blendtec! My husband and I juice and blend fruits and vegetables every day!

  78. I pinned your page on my pinterest!

  79. forgot to leave web address: https://pinterest.com/pin/177821885258297865/

  80. I would love a blender that just worked rather then make lots , lots of noise. :)

  81. Jessie C. says:

    I love making smoothies, blender is my best friend in the kitchen.

  82. Jessie C. says:
  83. Jessie C. says:

    Shared this recipe on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/pin/177329304049079370/

  84. My blender had the base crack. Nothing like your ingredients seeping out from the bottom.

  85. Katrina R says:

    My favorite thing to make with a blender would have to be smoothies!

  86. My blender died as well. I could really use one because I use it so often.

  87. I can’t wait to make this. You make pasta making so simple

  88. Katrina R says:
  89. Share on Facebook

  90. Katrina R says:
  91. I shared recipe on Pinterest.

  92. I shared recipe on Pinterest and facebook

  93. We like making smoothies, but we could do so much more with this blender.

  94. I am so so desperate for a Blendtec Blender. I have been in LOVE since I first saw one in action during an in-store demo. I like to think of myself as quite the chef, but I’m operating right now sans: Blender (ours is a joke – It only has 2 buttons that still work…lol), Microwave (ours pooped out and then I bought what turned out to be a broken one from Craigslist…), or a Stand Mixer (how does one make light & airy macrons without one?). I feel like I’m missing out on a whole world of culinary goodness. I’d love to make your basil pasta, but alas, with my equipment malfunctions, it’s just a dream. :)

  95. Shared this recipe on Pinterest! YUM!

  96. Smoothies and Piña Coladas! Lacey, if I win, I’ll send you my cuisinart blender.

  97. Shared this recipe on FB and Pinterest.

  98. april yedinak says:

    I love to use a blender to make chocolate milk shakes.

  99. I Pinned your recipe on my Pintrest :)

  100. My favorite things to make with a blender is Raspberry Daiquiri :)

  101. I shared this post on Facebook. Thank you for offering such a great giveaway

  102. I tweeted.

  103. I am currently without a blender. My old one was a part of an Oster Kitchen Center that I bought 25 years ago! It finally died a couple of years ago and I’ve yet to replace it. (Thanks for a chance at such an awesome give-away!)

  104. I have not had good success with blenders over the years and I’m ready to upgrade to a machine that means business! We are big into smoothies and make them daily, but my favorite thing to make if I had a serious blender would be nut butters and grinding wheat. What a treat!

  105. I just shared the recipe on Pinterest. Can’t wait to try it!

  106. I have been using the same blender for the last 10 years. It is about on it’s last leg!! I wonder every time I use it if it will be the last time.

  107. A new blender would be heaven sent! Mine leaks every time I use it!

  108. My favorite thing to make in a blender is milkshakes!

  109. My favorite thing to make in a blender is fruit smoothies with a handful of kale blended in!

  110. I pinned your recipe to my Pinterest!

  111. My Oster blender died tragically after serving smoothie duty faithfully for several years. I’ve been using the Ninja that hubby HAD TO HAVE after watching the infomercials for it in a Bluefield, WV hotel room(hubby is a railroad employee.) I’d love to have a blender that makes pasta dough(how cool is that!)

  112. I like making frozen margaritas and sangrias in my blenders!

  113. Pesto!

  114. I have a magic bullet.. and it stinks! No magic. Only chunky “blended” food. *sigh*

    I need a blendtec!

  115. I may have more than one severely dinged and dented spoon in my house courtesy of smoothie adventures in my blender.

  116. A friend gave me a blender with a spigot thing for smoothies. It didn’t work well at all and it felt the need to leak all over the place whilst blending. Needless to say, it now resides in the city dump.

  117. Amy Schedler says:

    Oh my! My poor blender smells like burning rubber everytime I make a protein shake (which is not exactly that strenuous!) with gluten issues, dairy and corn insenitivities we make a whole lot from scratch. this would be amazing! Thanks for the chance!

  118. I pinned this recipe on my Pinterest.

  119. I am currently blender-less. My husband killed my very nice (but not as nice as a blentec) Breville by trying to puree apricots for an adventurous home brew. I was very sad and still have not made the plunge for a new one. I used it almost daily so you can imagine how much I am missing it. It is difficult for me to make a decision- I keep researching and can’t decide. This would be an answer to prayer!

  120. I pinned your recipe on pinterest :)

  121. I’ve gone through so many blenders – I know Blendtec is one of the best so would love to have the chance to try this.

  122. Tweeted this post.

  123. Pinned!

  124. The pasta looks yummy!

  125. I would love to make all-natural nut butters to experiment with! Peanut, Almond, Cashew, Walnut and mix them all up too! Yum! No additives inside either – just pure nuts!

  126. Shared on Facebook as well – thanks so much – as my current blender is on its last blade! LOL ;)

  127. I am in desperate need of a new blender! Great giveaway opportunity!

  128. liked on FB and left a comment

  129. Smoothies and homemade salsa are my most frequent blender treats!

  130. Hello! I love to make green smoothies, but every blender I get isn’t that great at chopping up my greens! Oh and I made date and nut bars, and yes I’m pretty sure I ruined one of my blenders by putting dates in it. It just wasn’t powerful enough to handle the dates, but the blendtec sounds great at chopping EVERYTHING! Thank you for doing this giveway! So glad I found your site! -Abby S

  131. Angie McGeown says:

    I make smoothies in my blender every morning, but it is definitely not as powerful as it once was. So, this would be a wonderful giveaway to win!

  132. daniellew says:

    Our first blender burnt out within a couple years of marriage. Our second has been much more durable but it’s starting to give off that burning smell. It isn’t nearly as versatile as the blendtec! I would love to be able to make doughs and nut butters and salsa with it!

  133. Angie McGeown says:

    I already follow you on Facebook.

  134. daniellew says:

    Pinned the recipe on pinterest

  135. Angie McGeown says:

    I pinned the recipe on Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/pin/106256872429634087/

  136. I wish it cold crush ice better

  137. I make smoothies every morning and I have been know to start it without the top on

  138. Once I filled my jar too full. It exploded leaving my walls painted with potato soup.

  139. I pinned your recipe.

  140. Angie Hohneke says:

    My blender was part of my Bosch and it isn’t working. I need a new blender and have been eying up the Blendtec :)

  141. justginster says:

    I inherited my blender from my bf…I’ve told myself there’s no reason to spend money on a blender if we’ve already got one, but…the one he has sucks! It’d be nice to have a blender that didn’t leave giant chunks of ice in my margaritas :P

  142. ooohhh… I would so love to have this!

  143. I love to make milkshakes in my blender!

  144. I previously had a blender I used all the time until one fateful evening when it decided to make its last smoothie. Blended like a champ that night but when I went to detach it from the base. The pitcher lifted and left behind half of the bottom piece … And my smoothie. I would love to win a new blender. It would help a lot with quick breakfast before class. Also for making snacks for study groups.

  145. I love making smoothies :)

  146. I would love to make frozen fruit smoothies with no problem :)

  147. Pinned recipe on Pinterest :)

  148. Thanks for this recipe and the chance to win the blender combo! It will be so helpful. I miss having a blender. I used to make all kinds of drinks and quick snack for my friends and family until mine decided to spill its guts everywhere. Also, posted on facebook.

  149. I have been wanting a Blendtec for sooooo long. Pick me! :)

  150. My Blendtec woe is that I didn’t own mine when I was making baby food for my kids! Oh, the possibilities…

  151. Funny enough, I had never heard of this brand till I was visiting my neighbor. He has a new one proudly positioned on his counter. It came recommended by another neighbor. They both love it. Now I stumble across Blendtec again and I’m thinking it’s destiny… I’m either going to win one or have to buy one myself.
    I’ve still got fresh basil too… So let’s make it happen!

  152. I would love to own a Blendtec for i know it would be a great help in my passion for cooking and baking. Thanks for the great recipes.

  153. My blender is about 15 years old and is totally lame. It’s got about 8 settings, but only two work. I could really use a new one!

  154. I have fried many blenders, when I first started the art of smoothie making. Now, I add more liquids…silly me.

  155. Pinned on Pinterest. Danyell G

  156. I love to make all kinds of smoothies. Thanks for the giveaway.

  157. I use my blender twice a day. Every day. It its so horrible. It is the most cheap one on the market because that’s all i could afford when i went to go buy it

  158. SusanH4700 says:

    I’d love to have this blender to make raw fruit and vegetable smoothies.

  159. i pinned it

  160. First off, is there anything better than a plate of fresh pasta? I don’t think so.

    Now, onto the giveaway… yeah, I’m in dire need of a blender. Ours started smelling and leaking oil, so we had to get rid of ours. Unfortunately, that makes preparing blended beverages very very difficult. So, yeah, I need one.

  161. We buy old 70s and 80s blenders to use. They just last so much longer and at a couple dollars at a yardsale, you can’t lose.

  162. Is it wrong how bad I want this blender?
    Also, I love your sweet little pasta portion…I’ll take 30 ;)

  163. That pasta looks delish!

  164. I love to make smoothies,sauces, and salsa!! THANKS!!!

  165. Raymond S. says:

    A blender woe for me is that I destroyed the blades by washing it and it fell down the sink unbeknownst to me. My wife was cleaning up from dinner and ran the garbage disposal. Needless to say our blender ended up in the garbage that night! It had had its day of work though! We love blending in our home and would definitely put this Blendtec to good use! Would love to make soups, nut butters, almond milk and green smoothies!

  166. Raymond S. says:

    I like Blendtec on Facebook and also shared on my wall too! Thank you so much!

  167. I would love to make green smoothies, if only I had a Blendtec….my refurbished blender can’t handle the kale.

  168. i’d love a blendtec! we love to make smoothies!

  169. My blender is not too bad, but it does not do a good job with trying to do spinach or seeds like berries and chia seeds. I’ve had a Blendtec on my wish list for a while now!

  170. My blender doesnt like to blend ice. That is a problem since we have smoothies and protein shakes often. Once the seal leaked when I was blending hot soup. It burned my arms and blistered them :(

  171. My favorite thing to make is a breakfast green smoothie.

  172. I have always wanted one of these. The pasta looks really yummy!

  173. I shared the link on FB.

  174. I shared your recipe on Pinterest.

  175. Well, my daughter and I picked 16 cups of basil the other night – just in case it froze. We didn’t want to waste a single leaf! I’ve been making pesto all summer, and now have a freezer full for the winter. Now if I’d just be brave enough to make the pasta myself…..

    My favorite blender woe – I turned on the blender full of yogurt and berries for smoothies and turned my back on it. Never do this. It started shaking furiously and the jar “jumped” off the base and shattered on the floor. Berry colored yogurt & soy milk everywhere. Fun.

    I bought a new blender because mine was old and it was expensive to get a new jar. MISTAKE! The new blender is terrible for smoothies, and WAY too loud. I’d love a nice blender again.

  176. Deetledee says:

    I haven’t had a blender since back in the 90s. LOL I would love this one! I also posted the recipe on pinterest. Can’t wait to try it out!

  177. Soooo jealous — I NEED a Blendtec!!!

  178. My blender is old and cheap, so it hardly ever gets the job done, especially for smoothies. I’d love a new one!

  179. I love to make milk shakes.

  180. My blender is 45 years old. Could use a bit more power. And commiserating with you about the change in weather.

  181. i would love to win this because i moved and somehow my blender didn’t make it with me!

  182. We haven’t had a blender in several years because the jar of ours was glass and we somehow broke it. I was using an immersion blender to make smoothies for a while, but it’s just not the same. I would love a Blendtec!

  183. I’d lika to wina the blender so I can make some-a tasty pasta.

  184. I make smoothies all the time in my blender! I need a new one, though. The one I have is not the best and it needs a lot of help to get going.

  185. My blender is WAY too noisy, and I like to make smoothies at 7am before I head in to work. :-( I’m always worried I’m annoying the neighbors!

  186. I love making smoothies especially the green ones!

  187. Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win the blender!

  188. i follow you on pinterest and pinned this recipe! http://pinterest.com/pin/86975836524986395/

  189. Tanya Phillips says:

    My blender is a very old Magic Bullet that is on it’s last leg. I have been dreaming of one of these for so long! Thanks so much for the chance :)

  190. The only blender I own is a $14 cheapo from Target. How I long for a big girl blender.

  191. Carolyn G says:

    I still have my blender from college. It is pretty beat up!

  192. Please enter me in the drawing for the Blendtec and Twister jar…can’t wait to use that jar for raw ice cream, raw fudge, raw cookie dough…I love healthy sweets also having my daily 5 c spinach green smoothie.

  193. Tanya Phillips says:
  194. I eat a smoothie for lunch pretty much every day; I never know how long my blender will last! This would be amazing, I know that Blendtecs are solid!

  195. patricia loser says:

    thank you for the chance to win. we do not own a blender.

  196. Make smoothies for my kids. Would love something more powerful that would actually break up the ice.

  197. I pinned it on Pinterest!

  198. Melissa Liddell says:

    Smoothies and soups are my favorite things to make in a blender! :D

  199. Melissa Liddell says:

    I tweeted from LissaShines! :D

  200. Chrystal Shelley says:

    My blender is on its last legs. I use it nearly everyday to make smoothies. Sure could use a good one like the Blendtec! Thanks for the chance to win!

  201. OH I would love to make this and its hard to afford stuff like this I do what I can and make anything from scratch from what I have. so here’s to the blessed lucky winner who wins this!:)

  202. My dishwasher messed up the lid :( I love this blender giveaway! Thanks so much

  203. Anne-Marie Cain says:

    My blender is SOOOO wimpy! I try to make almond meal with it, which takes forever. Forget any nut butters! I would love to win a Blendtec! :)

  204. Anne-Marie Cain says:

    I just shared on FB! :)

  205. Anne-Marie Cain says:

    I pinned the recipe and giveaway! http://pinterest.com/pin/85286986664606651/

  206. I mostly only make smoothies, but my cheapo blender isn’t so great at crunching the ice anymore!

  207. Tina Sollazzo says:

    Wow, what an awesome give away! I have yet to find a blender that came will actually get all the chunks! Love your blog!

  208. Love making morning smoothies with my blender!

  209. I tweeted!

  210. I shared on Pinterest!

  211. Valerie Dore says:

    My Blender is OLD and really doesn’t do what I would like it to do. I would LOVE to win this blender!! Thanks

  212. Deitra Walter says:

    The base on my blender cracked recently. Now when I use it anything liquid seeps out the bottom, time for a new one

  213. Deitra Walter says:

    I shared the recipe on Pinterest.

  214. Jennifer L says:

    Please enter me in the giveaway!

    I don’t really have any mishap with my blenders. I have hit the blade several times when trying to push the ingredients down. Scary.

    I love grinding rice in my blender before making them into congee/porridge. It yields a thicker and creamier texture without adding oil or thickener. I would love to love making my toddler’s three smoothies everyday…I kind of dread it because I have to strain his 6oz of smoothie everytime because the fruit skin/seeds always get stuck in his Zoli cup straw. While straining he will throw a tantrum right next to me because of the wait; he’s 1.5 by the way.

  215. Never had a blender that is powerful enough…this seems like a great one!

  216. Posted to Pinterest!

  217. My blender smells like burning rubber when I use it ; / think it’s time for a new one! HOpe I win ; )

  218. My blender does not have enough power! I’m a smoothie snob and love THICK smoothies.. some day I will own one that has some power in it :)

  219. Pinned the recipe.. Can’t wait to try it! (Jennyd19)

    http://pinterest.com/pin/231442868321584499/

  220. I love making smoothies with my blender but I’ve been wanting a Blendtec for years because I’m tired of chunks iny smoothies!

  221. I just recently replaced a decades old blender with a newer model and was really only making smoothies in it because that’s about all it could manage. The new model is pretty strong, but a BlendTec was on my mind from the start. If only in my finances. Maybe the Fates will lean in my favor.

  222. I tweeted about the giveaway too.

  223. I would love a really great blender. I am always having problem but then dont think I should get a better one since I dont use it enough. Its a conundrum. :)

  224. I just posted on FB. Thx! :)

  225. I just tweeted also. :)

  226. Mmmmmm, anything with Basil is absolutely Delish :)
    That pasta caught my eye indeed

  227. It is always said when farmers’ market starts to slow down for the season! This pasta looks amazing and what a great giveaway!

  228. My blender is not terrible (KitchenAid) for smoothies and such, but I’m ready for some big-time blending and meal prep! And the clean-up of the Blendtec is TO DIE FOR:)

  229. I facebooked your recipe…YUM!

  230. I pinned this recipe to my FOOD board. Thanks for sharing!

  231. My blender is very tired and doesn’t get happy very easily. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  232. My favorite thing to make in a blender is a green smoothie.

  233. Georgiana says:

    My cheap $20 blender needs to be retired as the blades just don’t cut it or smoothie it at all! Would love a commercial upgrade to make homemade nut butters, veggie dips and smoothies too!
    Thanks so much!

  234. Georgiana says:

    Also Shared on my facebook wall too! ;)

  235. Ashley McRea says:

    My blender is dying. It gets louder every time I use it, which is every day. I have been saving for a blender for months, but “life” seems to keep happening, which keeps emptying my blender fund. I would LOVE to have this blender. It would be used every day I my very busy kitchen!

  236. Looks delicious. I would love a Blendtec. I have been wanting to try some recipes with pureed cashews and this would be perfect!

  237. Jessica Hackman says:

    I did destroy a spatula recently in my blender, and my husband is wearing out my old machine with his smootie fettish!

  238. Ah basil pasta. Love Love Love this x 1000!

  239. I like making hummus in the blender.

  240. i make the typical smoothie for my kids about 4 days a week. they love it & it’s the best way i can sneak extra protein & greens in without them knowing. ;)

  241. pat schmidt says:

    This recipe sounds wonderful! I think I need a Blendtec!

  242. I have a blender that we use primarily for smoothies every morning. I feel like there should be more to do with your blender, tho. This one sounds like it’s powerful enough to actually make THINGS and STUFF! Thanks for the giveaway!

  243. I don’t have a Blendtec but would love to get one.. I juice and the waste of fiber kills me.. I wish I could get a Blendtec so I can consume the entire fruit or vegetable without throwing away anything.. Thank you for the giveaway.

  244. Typical blender use is for a quick and healthy smoothie for my son.. all kinds of berries, banana, some greek yogurt and voila – cold and healthy snack for my son when he returns from his play time..

  245. Randall Karr says:

    My biggest blender woe is that I don’t have one…yet!

  246. My daughter and I used to make green smoothies every morning from our own garden offerings. That is, until we killed one Cuisinart and one older model Hamilton Beach (like an Oster from yesteryear) in the process. I love to bake and cook, and this Blendtec (and your amazing recipes) would mean a lot to me!

  247. katherine d says:

    my current blender can’t handle frozen fruit…it gets angry at me :(

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  248. katherine d says:

    tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/KayDay3/status/255364687603048448

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  249. katherine d says:

    pinned it!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/115756652893506360/

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  250. Michelle Stephens says:

    My favorite thing to make in the blender is fruit frozen yogurt.

  251. We’re big on making smoothies in the blender…great way to get more fruits and veggies.

  252. I tweeted.

  253. I also pinned to Pinterest. Thanks!

  254. My blender is tough to take apart. My fingers got cut last time I was doing it. Blendtec looks much better. I’d love to try nut butters etc.!

  255. I tried to make pesto in my blender and the smell of burning was in the air-the motor did not like it!

  256. Courtney Tucker says:

    My last blender was good in design…but it leaked at the bottom, didn’t like that, so had tossed it…am having troubles finding the perfect blender!
    I like to make home made salsa with a blender am not a fan of the chunky kind! This is nice, thank you!

    givenmay@yahoo.com

  257. Courtney Tucker says:

    Tweet!

    Enter to win a @Blendtec Wildside Blender via @FoodforMyFamily http://wp.me/puu57-39b #giveaway

  258. I have been talking about making my own pasta but have been afraid to. I think I might just give it a whirl.
    I do not have a blender as I broke my last one.

    I have pinned your site on my board.

  259. Terry Keiser says:

    Wow, would love a Blendtec, my blender is ancient!

  260. pinned

  261. tweeted

  262. I would LOVE a blendtec!!!

  263. I would love to start making green smoothies in a Blendtec! Our last blender melted :(

  264. My blender is too wimpy to make really good and smooth green smoothies. I would love to win a Blendtec!!

  265. I love making green smoothies, but my blender now leaves lots of chunks…i would love a Blendtec for smooth smoothies!

  266. Sarah H.P. says:

    I love making smoothies in my blender but a Blendtec would be a dream!

  267. Courtney Tucker says:
  268. Blendtec blenders work great!

  269. My last two blenders just died! One was several years old, but it’s replacement was only a few months old.

  270. I would love a Blendtec!!! I just found your site and it is great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  271. I’d have given anything to be in your kitchen helping you that Saturday, Shaina. It sounds like perfection.

  272. I pinned. :)

  273. I have had my blender for 8 years and it didn’t work well when we got it. Now I have a bullet blender and you can’t make much at all in one of those. Ugh!

  274. I tweeted, @cookmecasey

  275. My blender is fine for most things, but not for the thing I most need it for – making short work of turning ice into a smooth slush. The Blendtec sounds like it would do the job :) Thanks for sponsoring these giveaways!

  276. Would love to have a blender that works. Mine whirs away at whatever is at the bottom of the jar, but never seems to ‘grab and pull down’ the rest of the mixture, so I get one tablespoon of fine puree and everything else in large chunks. Sigh.

  277. We make stuff in the blender all the time! We’ve worn out 2 blenders in the last 5 years-we should think about getting a high quality one very soon :- )

  278. I fell in love with making homemade pasta last year. Once you do it a couple of times it becomes so simple you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. This basil pasta looks delicious.

    My blender got used so much it literally broke from the inside. Not the motor…the piece that secures the pitcher to the base. Oh, and it did it right in the middle of making dinner. LOL

  279. Wow, this blender looks awesome. I’ve gone through two blenders in the last couple of years, making smoothies. Luckily they were still under warranty! I love making mixing protein powder with spinach for a healthy snack, if I won this blender I’d try making the pasta!

  280. Your pasta is beautiful! My first blender was a wedding gift. It came in a paper bag – no box – should have known right then there would be an issue. It died an early death… The next blender was a very inexpensive one – it lasted longer. A Blendtec looks like just what we need next!

  281. I need a new blender!

  282. YUMMM

  283. Hi!
    I’m a young woman which is trying to do the best with my little cooking skills. I don’t always succeed, but i must admit i’m willing to try new stuff when i can. I don’t have any blender at home, and i think it would be really helpfull.

  284. Jen Bingham says:

    I use my blender mostly for “smoodies”, a.k.a. smoothies for my preschoolers. They love it, and so do I! The only thing is that my blender doesn’t pour very well, so there’s always a mess. I’d sure love a neeeeewwwww one! :)

  285. We use our blender mostly for smoothie type drinks. It always seems to make a mess and is a pain to work so we don’t make drinks as often as we would like.

  286. Brenda Lindner says:

    My favorite thing to make in the blender is baby food

  287. Brenda Lindner says:
  288. Brenda Lindner says:
  289. Theresa J says:

    My daughter killed our last blender by burning out the motor.

  290. Theresa J says:
  291. Theresa J says:
  292. I actually killed my last blender making baby food, if you can believe it! What a wimpy piece of junk! ha! Glad to see this one can handle such things. :) I have another baby now who starts solids in just a few months, so I’d love to give it a try! ;) Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  293. I pinned this recipe! http://pinterest.com/pin/113293746847390779/ I LOVE basil, it looks awesome!

  294. I love to make smoothies: whey protein powder, kale, chopped apple, carrot, and ginger. YUM!

  295. Oh, how I would love this Blendtec!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  296. Michelle S says:
  297. Michelle S says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this awesome blender! I killed my last one trying to make almond butter :(

  298. I actually have a blendtec. Love it. it is a couple of years old but would love another one to give to my sister in law.

  299. The last blender I had did nit have a proper seal so when I went to blend a smothie, everything came flying out the top. What a mess!

  300. I keep trying to find a good blender in my (low) budget. No luck! If I win this, I think it will fit the bill, though!

  301. My blender died when making margaritas….I would be making green smoothies every day with this machine!!

  302. Stefanie Gladden says:

    I love making fruit smoothies for breakfast in my blender!

  303. Stefanie Gladden says:
  304. I love making green smoothies. I have been wanting a Blendtec forever!

  305. I pinned your homemade basil pasta recipe (which looks delicious by the way).

  306. I killed my blender making green smoothies–it just couldn’t handle the ice!

  307. Have sooo been wanting a new blender for smoothies! Each time I’m at the store Ill text my hubby and he says, “Is it in the budget?”…nope, not yet!

  308. I love making soups and smoothies in a blender.

  309. Karen Lynch says:

    I have a cheap blender that is so loud, one of our dogs run for cover when she sees it. I would love to win a good blender that could handle more than just milkshakes and margaritas.

  310. Karen Lynch says:
  311. My woe is trying to make a smoothie and have chunks of stuff still left!

  312. I love smoothies and the frozen fruit gives me fits!

  313. What an awesome recipe! Yum! And yikes about killing your blender with a spoon. Mine is just so underpowered, it’s a shame. I need this beauty!

  314. Tweeted!

  315. I pinned it too!

  316. I would love a great blender – mine is slow and lacking thrust. :-)

  317. Tweeted

  318. I pinned!

  319. I love to make smoothies but all I have is an immersion blender, it is really hard to make smoothies with that!

  320. I haven’t found a blender that handles the ice or hard veggies well for more than a couple months, so I just stopped buying them and I simply can’t afford Blendtec. I would be thrilled with this one!

  321. My blender fails at crushing ice…..

  322. I want to make smoothies with frozen berries with this blender! Also like to try making homemade almond butter – preservative free!

  323. My husband has a smoothie for breakfast every morning, so our blender gets a lot of use!

  324. Pinned via Shaina Olmanson’s Pasta Project:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/391602130068281237/

  325. I love to put frozen fruit, a little cream and make an ice cream/sorbet…so easy and so delicious. You do need a really good blender like this, or you have to use a food processor…

  326. Carolyn B. says:

    I love to make green smoothies, but don’t have a powerful enough one. Would LOVE this!

  327. I had an unfortunate incident making cream of asparagus soup. The asparagus was a little stringy and totally killed my blender.

  328. I had to get rid of our last blender cause we lost the top for it. INSANE, EH?!?!?!?

  329. Great giveaway!!!! Last time I attempted to make a smoothie and realized I didn’t have protein powder or fruits :)

  330. What a wonderful giveaway :). I think i put too much stuff in the blender then it overheated. Oops.

  331. I posted the link on Facebook :)

  332. My blender woe is that I don’t have one. I’ll be moving in with my bf soon, and HE has one, but I don’t. And it makes it really hard to make half the awesome recipes I find out there without one!

  333. We make a lot of smoothies, protein shakes and yummy desserts in our blender, but it’s nothing like a Blendtec!

  334. Would love to be able to make almond butter with a blendtec!

  335. Definitely would like to try this basil pasta recipe!

  336. This looks like an awesome piece of equipment that I’d probably not be able to afford anytime soon. I would love to try making my own peanut butter and hummus. I also love to make smoothies.

    Thank you for this giveaway and the opportunity to participate.

  337. I love to make milkshakes!!!

  338. i’m a fan of your blogs and oh i’d love to get a blendtec too!

  339. I would love a blender to make all the awesome recipes I’ve seen by using a BlendTec.

  340. I’ve tweeted about this giveaway.

  341. I’ve pinned this recipe to my pasta board.

  342. Sandra L. says:

    My blender woes? My blender is barely strong enough to blend water! ;-)

  343. Thanks for this delicious looking recipe. I want to make homemade pasta some time. My daughter’s 10th birthday party was at a cooking school and they made homemade pasta, it was yummy!

  344. I pinned your recipe (would have done it without the giveaway to be honest! LOL!)

    http://pinterest.com/pin/262264378271487448/

  345. Hi, Shaina! Just found your basil pasta recipe………sounds easy and I’m definitely trying it!

    I’ve not done anything really infamous with my blender–just the usual like leaving the top off or having the center pop off while blending hot soup….the worst I’ve had happen is to blend bay leaves because I forgot to remove them before processing and then, of course, worry that they were blended enough not to do harm!

    I make coleslaw in my blender: add cabbage wedges (this should be done in several stages), fill blender with water. Blend until all the cabbage pieces are carried to the bottom and then stop immediately! Drain in colander. Add a slice onion, slice green pepper, small carrot cut into chunks to one of the cabbage stages. (I usually squeeze my cabbage out in my hands,also). Use your preferred dressing and chill.

  346. Also posted to my/my husbands facebook page just now for blender give-away!

  347. Green smoothies would be a really simple and convenient way to eat my veggies but my blender can’t handle them. I would love a good, strong blender for smoothies and also nut/seed recipes!

  348. Francesca Mingione says:

    I need to get more veggies into my family – a Blentec would do the trick!

  349. So, funny story. I have a 2 year old who is in that lovely rambunctious age where he likes to grab a bit of this and a bit of that. Last week, as you would have it, he decided to reach out for our old blender on the counter. That thing had been through the ringer and while it really shouldn’t have shattered… it did. After my initial shock of the carnage I scooted him out and cleaned it up. I have decided that it was really an assisted suicide considering that the blender was older than my 12 year old.

    So sad I missed the contest, but happy for a good review of a sturdy blender :) Thanks!

  350. I really like adding vegetables to homemade pasta, especially spinach or beetroot, however I have never made basil pasta. Thanks a lot for the recipe, Shaina!

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