Veggies are good , veggies are great, but veggies can get kinda boring. Anyone on the clean eating journey knows how daunting it can be to get those essential servings into your tummy. What gets even more tiring is trying to keep them appealing to your kids. So, as a mom and some adults as well if we can find a way to sneak veggies into our food without much notice we jump on it. That is exactly why I created this spinach pasta recipe. Using heart healthy whole wheat flour, puree spinach and an egg, we can get the veggies we need and not even know. This pasta is very good as you can serve with red sauce, or just some olive oil and garlic. I am betting this pasta will replace all traditional pasta in your clean eating meals. This recipe takes a bit of time so I suggest either doing it earlier in the day before dinner or make a bunch at once to store and save for future meals.
You will need:
- 3/4 cup of spinach fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1 egg
- 3 cups of whole wheat flour
In a blender add the spinach, water and egg; blend until it is pureed. If you want to leave it a little “chuncky” that is ok too.
In a large bowl or stand mixer combine spinach puree and flour. Mix and knead until a soft ball is formed. The longer it kneads the softer and more elastic it becomes, which is great for making pasta.
Now, cut the dough ball into sections. I did 4 sections at a time so i can do small batches instead of a huge one at one time. After you have cut into sections you can roll it out by hand on a floured surface or place in your pasta roller .
If you are rolling it out by hand I suggest let the flat dough sit for about 10 mins before slicing into thin strips. If using a pasta maker follow the instructions on the machine you have. After you have cut them to your desired length and size hang them on a pasta rack or floured cookie sheet to dry. If you are making this for tonight’s meal let sit for 30 mins before cooking. If you are making this to store for future use let sit for an hour then take 2 or 3 slices and carefully fold them together , place on a cookie sheet and allow to sit another 3-4 hours if storing in the freezer, 12-24 hours if storing in an air tight container in the cup board. This recipe makes about 2 traditional 16 oz boxes you can buy at the store. When ready to make boil water with sea salt added, once it is boiling add your pasta and allow to cook for 5 mins, if you completely dried them then allow to cook for 10 mins.
There you have it, clean, organic spinach pasta. Great as a side or apart of a main dish. Eating your veggies has never tasted so good and look at how fun this pasta looks! Comments, questions or concerns just drop them below! Smile life is good!