How to make colorful pasta!

Enjoy making different colored pasta – it’s super easy!

Do not be surprised to know that we can find hundreds of different types of pasta – not all of them the basic yellow egg color. Pasta need not be pale yellow or cream colored only. If you add puréed vegetables, chocolate, or other ingredients to your dough you can obtain a wide range of delightful hues. One thing to keep in mind is that when we add vegetable the texture of the dough will change. It will be more difficult to roll them out.  Also, that you may not succeed in getting the pasta sheet quite as thin as you would a sheet made from just flour and eggs. But the taste is quite good, and the color is not boring so experiment away. I show you here how to make orange and green pasta using spinach, and tomato paste.

My quantities listed here will easily feed a group of 6 or more.

For the Pasta Dough

  • Flour 1.5 kg
  • Egg 9 piece
  • Spinach 1 bunch
  • Tomato paste
  • Corn flour as required
  • Parsley 1 bunch

How to make white pasta(the most common one)

Mix the egg and flour-knead them together to make dough. Keep kneading the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remember do not add any water. After the dough becomes elastic and supple enough, set it aside, cover it with plastic, and let it rest for 30 minutes. You can store the dough in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, but allow it to return to room temperature before rolling it out.

To produce pasta: Flatten a dough piece into a thick oval shape with your hand. Sprinkle corn flour in your work surface. Place this oval dough disk on the work surface, and sprinkle with additional corn flour. Pass the rolled – out dough through the appropriate cutters/pasta machine to make pasta of desired size and shape .  See the picture here.

      How to make green colored pasta!

Use fresh spinach  only. Wash the leaves and blanch it for 2 minutes in salted water. After blanching, dip the spinach in cold or ice water. Now blend this until you get a fine paste.  Mix flour and egg with this spinach paste to make a dough. When the mix is firm enough, begin kneading the dough adding flour as required. If the dough is still sticky we need to add more flour- a little at a time. Knead  well for at lest 15 minute. Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.

If you can't incorporate the remaining flour drizzle 1 tsp of water on the dough and knead it for another minute or two. Add water 1 tsp at a time until the flour is all incorporated.

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