How to Make Spinach Pasta



Pasta makes me happy. Homemade pasta makes me even happier. There’s something about the process of combining 3 simple ingredients that once mixed together form this crazy carb deliciousness that is so incredible to me. That process of making pasta is therapeutic for me, and cheap therapy at that ; ) Last month we announced we’ll have a monthly homemade pasta installment this year. We showed you HOW TO MAKE RAVIOLI in January and now we’re bumping up the color and flavor factor and moving onto how to make spinach pasta!

Spinach pasta isn’t only beautiful it’s delicious. That color, just jumps right off the plate. I started with 6 ounces of fresh spinach. I sauteed it with a tad a extra virgin olive oil, salt and garlic. Then I transferred it to my mini food processor (you could use a blender), using a slotted spoon to remove as much liquid as possible and whizzed it until I was happy with the consistency.

Then you take those 3 simple ingredients: flour, eggs and salt and the magic begins. With a lot of help from my trusty 7 quart KitchenAid Stand  Mixer I begin the process. It’s not difficult, just a little time consuming but  worth every single second if you ask me ; ) The dough lets you know what it needs. Too wet, add more flour, too dry add more liquid. It’s really that easy.

Once it forms that perfect ball, not too tacky not too sticky just perfect you let it rest. I take this opportunity to clean up my very messy kitchen at this point ; ) And then you break out the attachments, roll and cut and you have this beautiful and brilliant green spinach fettuccine just waiting to be cooked.

While the pasta was cooking (and just a note, homemade pasta only takes just a few minutes to cook, much faster than dried pasta) I put a small saute pan with a little olive oil and sauteed a handful of cherry tomatoes and then tossed the drained pasta in and reached for my fork. It’s that quick and easy.

More homeade pasta:

Baci!

How to Make Spinach Pasta

What You Will Need:

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup cooked spinach - pureed

What To Do:

  1. Place flour into the bowl of your stand mixer. Create a well. Add eggs, salt. Using paddle attachment, mix together until well combined. Add spinach. Continue mixing until a ball forms. Scrape sides as necessary. Adjust if necessary. Add more flour if dough is too wet.
  2. Switch to dough hook and knead dough for approximately 5-6 minutes. Cover mixing bowl with kitchen towel and allow dough to rest for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Attach roller attachment to mixer. Cut dough ball into 4 equal portions. Take 1 portion and flatten it with your hand. Run through roller attachment until it reaches a level 4 thinness.
  4. Attach Fettuccine attachment to mixer. Feed dough through. Lay fettuccine on a lightly floured work surface. Continue same process with 3 remaining dough portions.
http://www.bellalimento.com/2012/02/29/how-to-make-spinach-pasta/

 

34 Comments

  1. 1

    Homemade pasta isn’t something I have tried my hand at yet but this sounds so easy and delicious!

  2. 2

    Pasta makes me sooo happy! I couldn’t wait to see this after your instagram shots today. I love the color, this is amazing Paula!

  3. 3

    I need that pasta making attachment for my mixer! This looks phenomenal!!! Beautiful photography as always!

  4. 4

    I need this in my life!! Thank you, Paula! :D

  5. 6

    Healthy pasta! The color is different and looks delicious =)

  6. 7

    This is just so gorgeous. I saw that green ball of dough on instagram and couldn’t wait for you to post about it. Glad I didn’t have to wait too long :)

  7. 8

    Yummy!!! I want to try to make this pasta… I think my family would love it!

  8. 9

    Paula, I love how you paired this so simply and beautifully! I’m still “old school” when it comes to pasta making (mix and roll by hand — good for the arms, ha!) — but I’ll have to consider a KitchenAid if my “pasta patience” dwindles. :)

  9. 10

    I just got my very first pasta machine and not sure what to make yet…this could be it. The green from the spinach is just beautiful.

  10. 11

    I love spinach pasta! I will definitely have to give this a go, it looks so good!

  11. 12

    Fun! This sounds like it’s awesome. Can’t wait to try!

  12. 13

    Oh haaaayell yes!

  13. 14

    swoon times a million!!

  14. 15

    Yummmy! Can you send some over please?

  15. 16

    You should sell this spinach pasta! Seriously! I would buy it in a heartbeat…I say that as a fellow KitchenAid owner myself who has not even began to attempt to make pasta (I should work on getting the pasta attachment…) I don’t eat pasta often, but if it has spinach in it, I’m definitely more apt to eat it. Your photos are creative and unique – I especially like the triangular pasta shots. Very impressive.

  16. 17

    Oh heavens! That is some beautiful pasta darlin’. Spinach pasta is one of my all time favs ;D

  17. 18

    Pasta makes me happy too! Gorgeous post and I love the colour the spinach gives to the dough.

  18. 19

    This looks amazing! Beautiful.

  19. 20

    I love making pasta. I agree it ‘s like therapy.

  20. 21

    I tried making my own pasta last year for the first time, and the process was truly rewarding and therapeutic. You are so right, there is nothing like fresh pasta.
    I have to try to incorporate spinach (I tried nettle last summer in Serbia, and it was beautiful color – I was so proud).
    A chef in an Italian restaurant I worked at a long time ago made pasta with squid ink, spinach, and carrots. Lovely colors:)
    And I will try to make ravioli, even though I don’t have the mixer or even hand-cranked pasta machine. Faccio come la nonna!

  21. 22

    The pictures were sooo homey, and comforting… and crave-inducing! I had to comment. Thanks for the how- to and wonderful post!

  22. 23

    Your images are beautiful. I’ve just recently learned that I am allergic to eggs and am struggling to figure out how to make pasta without them. Any thoughts or suggestions on this would be greatly appreciated. I would love to try making spinach pasta.

  23. 24

    I make our own past all the time and fell in love with this idea of using spinach. I am making this right now (it’s in the kitchen aid as I write). Thanks for sharing this along with your beautiful photographs.

  24. 25
    Alysse Morris /

    I love this idea. I was curious if it can be made without eggs.

  25. 26

    Looks wonderful! I’d love to learn how to make pasta from scratch! My question is, how long do you boil it and how long can you keep it fresh in the fridge/freezer before boiling? Thanks!

  26. 27
    DARA /

    Do you have a pasta dryer (kind of like a clothesline)? I was thinking a hanger would do the trick. Any thoughts?

  27. 28

    Just made this today and it was amazing! Thank you for the recipe!

  28. 29

    I am glad I came across this recipe, it is exactly what I’ve been looking for.
    Thank you Paula!!

  29. 30
    Monique Gillis /

    Can you use wheat flour?

    • 30.1

      Hi Monique, I’m sorry but I’m not sure. I’ve not tried it with wheat flour. If you do, let us know how it turns out : )

  30. 31

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

  31. 32
    Rita /

    I love homemade pasta too. I just wish I had more time. As far as attachments to the kitchen aid go, they are very expensive and if you don’t make pasta often it’s a shame to invest that kind of money. I suggest a regular crank pasta machine…under $80 and usually has several pasta attachments. Just my opinion.

    I love your step-by-step instructions.

  32. 33

    I just pictured that spinach pasta with a lovely amount of Alfredo and grilled chicken!!! I’m going to make that! yum!

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