How can you make pasta more fun and interesting? The simple answer besides a delicious sauce would be flavor and color. There is nothing wrong with plain pasta but I like a color as well. I have done herbed pasta, watercress pasta, beetroot pasta and carrot pasta based on fresh purees. I was thinking about how to intensify the color when I came across a website called Healthy Supplies. They have a range of powders that caught my eye.
I bought beetroot powder, tomato powder and Moringa leaf powder. I had never heard of Moringa leaf before but it seems to have some amazing qualities as a real super food. It had a vibrant green color. I had some saffron and cocoa powder as well and did five different kinds of pasta.
Basic pasta recipe
preparation time 5 minutes
cooking time 2-3 minutes
- 150 gr or 5.3 oz 00 flour
- 50 gr or 1.76 oz semolina
- 2 large eggs
- more flour for dusting
- 1 tbsp of the flavoring powder or mix a pinch of saffron with 1/2 tbsp water
- corn starch
Mix the flour and semolina. Add the powder if using and mix again. Add the egg and work until you have a smooth dough.
Let the dough stand for an hour, you can make the dough a day in advance and keep it in the fridge but take it out about an hour before you need to work with it.
The colors really came out and I think the pasta looked a bit like play dough!
The saffron pasta had beautiful strands of saffron and a light golden color.
The cocoa pasta is great with beef.
Moringa leaf pasta has a slight wheat grass flavor and creates a beautiful color.
Vibrant pink beetroot pasta
I wanted to make tagliatelle and rolled out half of the pasta. I did nests and powdered them with corn flour to stop them from sticking together.
Keep the pasta stored in an airtight container. It will keep 2-3 days in the fridge or you can also freeze it and keep it for a couple of months.
I hesitated to make pasta for years as it seemed so complicated but it isn’t. The flavor and texture is delicious and no supermarket fresh pasta will taste quite the same again.
I did some work on merging flavors and the pasta in the image above is beetroot and saffron pasta, there is more to come!