Homemade Spinach Pasta Dough
Homemade spinach pasta dough can be turned into almost any type of pasta. The spinach contributes a bright green color and plenty of nutrients.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 1(10-ounce) package frozen spinach (thawed and chopped)
- 4cups all-purpose flour (plus additional flour as needed)
- 1teaspoon salt
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Squeeze as much water as possible from the chopped spinach with your hands or by pressing with a wooden spoon in a colander.
Step 3In a blender or food processor , combine the spinach and eggs.
Step 4Puree until the mixture is dark green and smooth, with few or no visible chunks of spinach showing.
Step 5In a bowl, combine the flour and salt, stirring with a fork or a whisk to combine.
Step 6On a large, lightly floured work surface (like a countertop covered with a silicone pastry mat), pour the flour mixture into a mound and make a well in the center.
Step 7Pour the spinach-egg mixture into the well.
Step 8Using a fork, stir the spinach mixture in a circular motion, gradually incorporating more and more flour.
Step 9As the mixture turns chunky, begin to knead it, incorporating enough flour to make a stiff dough. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, adding more flour until the dough is smooth and slightly tacky but not sticky.
Step 10Set aside, covered with plastic wrap, for about 20 minutes.
Step 11Assemble your pasta maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Step 12Divide the dough into 4 to 6 equal sections with a knife or a dough cutter.
Step 13Cover all of the pieces—except the one you're working with—with a clean dishtowel or plastic wrap.
Step 14Form the piece of dough into a flat rectangle with your hands or a rolling pin to prepare it to be fed into the pasta maker.
Step 15Beginning with one of the shorter sides of the rectangle, feed the pasta through the pasta maker on the first (widest) setting.
Step 16Then fold it in thirds (like a business letter).
Step 17Feed it through the pasta rollers again.
Step 18Repeat the folding and rolling steps several times on the widest setting, before rolling pasta at increasingly smaller settings until it reaches the desired thinness.
Step 19Use the sheets of pasta as-is for lasagna, form into ravioli, or cut into noodles using a pasta machine attachment.