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How green is my pasta!

Finally, I made my own pasta!! I’m not the kind of person who makes stuff. I’m the kind who makes all sorts of excuses to spend less time in the kitchen..But then my work friend, Pia, brought pasta for lunch the other day and she said she makes it fresh all the time.. try it, she said, and you will never buy it again :-). I did and liked it very much. So here’s my first attempt at fresh home-made pesto pasta salad:

For the  fresh pasta:
2 eggs
1 cup flour (220 grams)
1/2 cup blanched spinach

On the worktop, make a heap of flour with a hole in the middle (just like a volcano). Pour the eggs and add blanched spinach in the hole. Gently stir and mix with your finger. Use one hand to mix the dough and the other hand to keep the eggs from breaking through and running all over the table.

Now knead the dough with both hands for at least ten minutes. Fold, knead and twist the dough until you get a supple, slightly elastic ball. Pack the dough in plastic foil and let it rest for thirty minutes. I don’t have a pasta machine so I rolled out pasta by hand on the marble counter, with a large rolling pin. Roll out pasta as thin as you can manage (think fettucine). Allow to dry for approximately 1/2 hour. cut the pasta with a sharp knife to the width you want.

Fresh pasta only needs a few seconds in boiling water! Bring plenty of water to the boil, add some salt. Add the pasta. As soon as the water is boiling again, count till ten, then drain the pasta immediately and viola!

For the pesto:
1 tablespoon walnuts
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
1-2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
2-4 tablespoons olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper

Toast the nuts in a small skillet over low heat until fragrant and golden, 5 minutes, taking care not to burn. In a food processor, combine the toasted nuts with the basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.

For the salad:
In a large bowl, stir the cooled pasta with the pesto. Toss gently until everything is combined. Top it with  some more finely grated parmesan cheese. It is ready to serve!!

One baby step at a time :-)  Next, I plan to buy a pasta machine and make some stuffed pasta like tortellini. Do you have any tips to share!!

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90 comments on “How green is my pasta!

  1. fudgingood
    August 14, 2012

    Ohhh, I love walnut pesto!

  2. Daniela
    August 16, 2012

    Yummy! It looks “terrible” delicious!

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      thanks! i ‘terribly’ agree with you :-)

  3. Millie Jane Conner
    August 16, 2012

    This looks seriously good! I love homemade pasta. I have a manual pasta machine that I am supposed to hand crank. Now that I have a Kitchen Aid mixer, I think I’ll try to see if I can get the pasta machine for that. Another easy, handmade pasta is gnocchi. Yummy little dumplings.

  4. journey2skinnyin1yr
    August 16, 2012

    Yum!! I am definitely going to make this! Thanks for sharing!

  5. journey2skinnyin1yr
    August 16, 2012

    Reblogged this on From fat 2 skinny in 1 year and commented:
    This sounds so yummy! I am definitely going to try this!

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      Thanks for reblogging my post. I’m glad you liked it. Gud luck for trying it on ur own!

  6. Bunny Eats Design
    August 16, 2012

    Well done! The closest I have been to making my own pasta was potato gnocchi. Your pasta looks wonderful and pesto is a great, simple way to let it shine. I never thought about rolling it out with a rolling pin. Great idea!

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      thanks a lot ! Gnocchi is also in my list of things to try next :-) do let me know if you have some good tips that i should keep in mind. thanks for stopping by my post.

  7. kategarrard
    August 16, 2012

    Reblogged this on kategarrard.

  8. Angie West
    August 16, 2012

    Looks good I’m going to try it, although I’m not much of a cook. I’m a hit or miss cook-sometimes I get rave reviews and other times…well, its pizza night.

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      i’m just like you..but that’s the fun of trying out new stuff. try it, you just may get a hit next time like i did :-)

  9. vanbraman
    August 16, 2012

    Looks really good. They have a great color. This also brings back memories of helping my Mother cut out egg noodles.

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      thanks a lot. it’s the spinach that brings out that vibrant green ! wow, i’ve never made noodles at home. that must be great experience. you should share how you do that.

  10. Joe Labriola
    August 16, 2012

    I just made some pasta and spinach but this looks much tastier!

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      Thanks, Joe. I’m sure yours turned out just as good. Next time take it’s snap and share :-)

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  12. mono
    August 16, 2012

    Your post is really inspiring. I used to have a pasta maker, and gave it away many moves ago. Must get another one. On the topic of cool things you can make – I used to make ravioli. You make the pasta dough and roll it out, and then you use a ravioli mold to put your raviolis together, and can make all kinds of fillings. It’s super easy and really good.

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      wow, i should get a mold and make raviolis. Thanks for the lovely suggestion, Mona. looks like you have some good pasta knowledge. Do keep it up, it’s a good thing :-)

  13. missmojiberry
    August 16, 2012

    Looks like a work of art – almost too good to eat…almost!

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      thanks, yeah almost ;-) and it tasted good too!

  14. sil86as2
    August 16, 2012

    Sounds delicious! Did you use a mixer to pulverize the spinach for the pasta or finely chop it by hand?

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      I just chopped it by hand…but it takes time. Using the processor is better, i guess.

  15. Angela
    August 16, 2012

    I live in Thailand so pesto is hard to come by… I’ve had my mom send me pine nuts and have fallen in love with homemade pesto, but I can’t wait to try it with walnuts! As for the homemade pasta… I’ve only tried that once and it didn’t go so well (I tried memorizing the recipe and ended up inverting the flour:egg ratio. Whoops…) but you may have inspired me to try again!

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      walnuts gives it a nice nutty, smooth dressing. i have a simple mantra for flour:egg ratio – one egg for every 110 grms flour (this is good for 2 people..for more, just multiply) good luck for your next try :-) and thanks so much for reading my post.

  16. crazywithtwins
    August 16, 2012

    That sounds and looks really tasty! Do you think it would work if I tried to mix the dough into a ball in a food processor and the knead it? (I’m really quite lazy).

    I might try it with wholemeal flour. You make it sound easy.

    Fresh pasta tastes SO much nicer than dried pasta! Thanks for sharing. X

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      sure, you can use the food processor but make sure the ball is elastic enough. if it’s not, twist it after you’ve processed… nothing like using your hands…i find this rather therapeutic :-) wholewheat pasta is a much healthier option . thanks for stopping by. really appreciate your comment.

  17. a solemn punch
    August 16, 2012

    Bookmark this post first. Then try this at home next.

  18. fromthericefields
    August 16, 2012

    That looks awesome, although I won’t be trying it, due to eating strictly Paleo. I know many non-Paleo eaters would kill for some of that.

    For me: I perfer my food sources to be from animal products, just like long ago Nomads would have eaten.

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      very interesting!! you’re the first person i’ve come across who follows Paleo. maybe you should share how you can modify/ work around recipes to suit your dietary needs.

      • fromthericefields
        August 16, 2012

        I’m sort of new to the whole thing myself but I can tell you one thing: It’s so much fun and suits me very well. I do feel much better than I did before. Although I’m not following it perfectly and still am learning what my body can and can’t handle.

        I normally have meat and eggs for breakfast such as this morning I had 2 eggs with 2 burger patties and homemade tomato sauce consisting of 3 medium tomatoes, 1/2 large onion, plus garlic.

        Lunch always consists of 1 huge tomato, 1 cucumber, lots of lettuce 1/2 Avocado, and 1 tin of sardines in olive oil (not drained)

        Supper is always meat with veggies for me. Chicken, beef, or tuna if the first 2 options are not available.

        I’m only 18 and living with my non-paleo family so options are very limited for me, but I make do.

      • Deepali
        August 18, 2012

        Thanks for sharing. Kudos for keeping it up although your family is non-paleo. Gud luck for a great life !

      • fromthericefields
        August 19, 2012

        You too! I see different ways work for different people, take the Inuit, Middle Esteems and Chinese for example. Only meat with little berries in the summer with frozen kale, lots of bread oils dairy fruit veggies nuts and meat for the middle east, and the Chinese are mostly rice and veggies I assume.

        Intresting to note differences, the main thing: avoid processed and GM foods and eat what works for you

  19. thecurrycousins
    August 16, 2012

    Hi! I too have been planning to make my own pasta for quite sometime..want to try out this Ravioli dish that I ate some where…but I always get put-off by the fact that I need a machine to roll out the nice thin sheets..now that I read you post, I think I would try too coz your spinach pasta looks awesome..besides, am not a big fan of white flour pasta…but maybe I can try this spinach one or do the same with whole wheat flour. Have tried to make wholewheat pasta?

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      i’m so glad you’re inspired to roll out your own pasta :-) i haven’t made wholewheat myself but i’m assuming it should work the same way only it may be a little dry or brittle when you cut it.

  20. ronyshapira
    August 16, 2012

    this looks greatly! I’ll be sure to try the recipe :) <3
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  22. chrismintz
    August 16, 2012

    mouth is watering lol

  23. Uma
    August 16, 2012

    That looks delicious! I’m salivating.. Can’t wait to try this out : D

  24. randominsecurity
    August 16, 2012

    i never manage to have so much patience:P

  25. loispohshijing
    August 16, 2012

    you made me hungry!

  26. kitchen accessories
    August 16, 2012

    Is this your own recipe or you get somewhere? I haven’t seen green pasta before but i really want to try. thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      can’t say if this is an original recipe.. it’s more of an amalgamation of trial and error and various inspirations :-) it’s like your regular pasta but for spinach and pesto to add the dash of green. thanks for taking the time to read the post.

  27. newbridekumar
    August 16, 2012

    Looks delicious!!!

  28. trebleandbasics
    August 16, 2012

    Yummmmy, I once ate black pasta, I believe it was Angel hair squid ink, I think teh colored pastas taste the best!

  29. missknowall
    August 16, 2012

    That sounds great! I shall defiantly try it. Just a little question : should you mix the pesto with the dough before putting in boiling water?

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      No, you should not mix the pesto with the dough at all. The pasta dough only has flour, spinach and salt. After you’ve boiled and cooled the pasta, then mix it with pesto and toss. Good luck for whenever you try it :-)

      • missknowall
        August 16, 2012

        Oh, ok, because in the pictures it looks like the two of them are mixed and then boiled. Thanks for the quick answer. I know what I am having for dinner tonight (:

      • Deepali
        August 16, 2012

        You’re right, the second picture should go way down after the pesto recipe. The current order may be confusing. My bad! will fix this soon. Have a good dinner tonight :-)

  30. A Gracious Life
    August 16, 2012

    Wow, I love pesto! That taste so yummy!

  31. Floyda Foley
    August 16, 2012

    So green! I love it!

  32. deepa
    August 16, 2012

    Congratulations! And thanks for sharing..you make it sound so easy.. I also don’t venture much in the kitchen, but I may just try this!

    • Deepali
      August 18, 2012

      Thanks a lot, Deepa. I’m just like you but this one is not so difficult and the results are yummy, so do try and gud luck :-)

  33. ephesians413
    August 16, 2012

    Looks delicious! Thanks for the tip!

  34. Carla
    August 16, 2012

    Very cool! I’ve been looking for another homemade pasta recipe. Thanks!

  35. Kimberly Beaman
    August 16, 2012

    This looks amazing but first thought was “How do I blanch spinach?” for the novice cook and then second thought “Do I want to spend more time in the kitchen?” Third thought..YES I do, because I have been craving pesto sauce and this looks amazing! Thank you! Kimberly

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      For blanching, put the spinach leaves in the boiling water for 30 seconds. Then put the spinach in the ice water for a minute. Squeeze the spinach with your hands to remove all excess water. You’ll have to chop or process the spinach finely before adding to the dough. I’m glad you’re going with your ‘third’ thought :-) good luck for the pesto sauce!

  36. hillarysangel
    August 16, 2012

    My daughter’s birthday tomorrow so I was just about to make her a chocolate cake. Still will, but now also making YOUR pasta (she’s a vegetarian) as a surprise! Thanks!

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      Wow! thanks, that is a real honor for me :-) wish your daughter a very happy birthday and I’m sure that chocolate cake will be as yummy as ever!

  37. jendelakatatiti
    August 16, 2012

    Wow, green pasta I like it! Very nice…..thanks.

  38. kollshi17
    August 16, 2012

    thank you

  39. dakrizzz
    August 16, 2012

    Wooooo! That’s so interesting. Next time please make a video in order to make it as easy as possible. thanks!

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      hey that’s a good idea, i should try making a video next time i’m in the kitchen! thanks for the suggestion.

  40. The MicroRead
    August 16, 2012

    I think Dr Seuss might ditch his green eggs and ham for this one! Looks delecious!

  41. Nisha
    August 16, 2012

    terrific! I am gonna try it one day.

  42. ellencsordas
    August 16, 2012

    Wow, looks really yummy :D

  43. mataicooking
    August 16, 2012

    Yummy thats mouth watering . . .

  44. chowchowstar
    August 16, 2012

    miam sa a l’air bon

    • Deepali
      August 16, 2012

      Merci pour ton commentaire et aimer ma post :-)

  45. Pasta Princess
    August 16, 2012

    Nice job! I have lots of tips – I’ve made ravioli, colored pasta, flavored pasta – check out my blog … I love making pasta. A pasta machine or if you have a kitchenaid mixer – you can buy the pasta attachments will definitely make it easier! Your friend is right, once you have home made you will always want it that way!

    • Deepali
      August 18, 2012

      Wow! you have a wonderful blog. I’m following it now. I plan to try your Thai Chicken Pasta with fresh Fettuccine this weekend :-) Thanks for all useful tips.

      • Pasta Princess
        August 20, 2012

        Thanks so much for the nice compliment and the follow! I’m glad you found some tips and hope that you enjoy the receipe!

  46. Simply Om
    August 16, 2012

    That looks easy enough – I think I’ll give it a shot! Looks great too!

  47. Mei
    August 16, 2012

    You made such pretty noodles!! Wow! I’m trying this out soon for sure. Thank you for sharing!

  48. A Londoner from Afar
    August 16, 2012

    You have made pasta-making look easy. Thanks. I must try. Pretty pictures!

    • Deepali
      August 18, 2012

      Thanks a lot. I guess it’s easy if u go by the method and cross your fingers :-) hope the recipe works for you.

  49. cutelover555
    August 17, 2012

    I love pasta :D in any form and shape.. these look yummy :D

  50. howtoonlinedate
    August 17, 2012

    looks incredible edible… when i tried to make pasta, it turned into awesome pizza dough instead. gotta try this recipe!

  51. GG
    August 17, 2012

    they do look nice… too green for me… maybe I will get my kids to eat them.

  52. Le Blog des Surprises
    August 17, 2012

    hum i love home-made pasta !

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  55. eof737
    August 27, 2012

    Congrats and good for you! ;-)

  56. adinparadise
    September 1, 2012

    Your photos make me hungry. Well done on making your own pasta. :)

    • Deepali
      September 1, 2012

      Thanks a lot! this was a lovely experience :-)

  57. deepa
    November 6, 2012

    This may seem out of the blue..just wondering if the pasta strips can be stored? Planning to finally try my hand at this :-)

    • Deepali
      November 6, 2012

      Hi Deepa. I have always eaten my homemade pasta relatively quickly after it’s made.. never got a chance to stored it :-) I guess the best way to store is to just let it dry naturally. Freezing or refrigerating may not get the best results. Put it in a dry spot for a few days and then bag them. You can maybe use clothes hangers to hang the pasta strips for drying, but they’ll be delicate and brittle so you’ll need a lot of patience :-) Good luck!!

      • deepa
        November 6, 2012

        Thank you!

  58. marycheshier
    November 27, 2012

    Reblogged this on How 2 Be Green.

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