Homemade colorful fresh pasta: the recipe for homemade colored pasta with or without eggs. Red, black, fuchsia, yellow, green… here's how to get homemade colored pasta.
No artificial colors!
To get the fresh homemade pasta different shades from the classic straw yellow, you can use some foods with a particular pigmentation. Of course, those who prefer can use food colors but these are detrimental to the genuineness of the food and also to the flavor!
The following recipes will explain to you how to color fresh homemade pastawith or without eggs, in fact the dosages ofnatural dyethey refer to a standard amount of flour (about 600 grams). Generally it takes 10 grams of vegetables to color 100 grams of flour but a lot depends on the vegetable we use to color the pasta. For the fresh pasta recipe we invite you to read our guideHow to make pasta at home,these ingredients must be added to the basic recipe to obtain the different colors.
- Fresh green colored pasta, made with spinach, borage or nettle.
- Fresh yellow colored pasta, made with saffron.
- Fresh red colored pasta, made with tomato paste.
- Fresh orange colored pasta is made with carrots or pumpkin.
- Fresh purple or fuchsia colored pasta, made with beets.
- Fresh black colored pasta, obtained with cuttlefish ink.
- Fresh brown colored pasta, obtained with bitter cocoa powder.
Green colored fresh pasta
It is a great classic. The green color can be obtained with parsley or basil but in this case the pasta obtained would be excessively flavored. To color the fresh homemade pasta green you will need spinach or nettles. Borage also has a very strong flavor that affects the taste.
The doses for 600 grams of flour amount to about 60 grams of spinach or nettles which must be boiled in lightly salted water and then passed in the mini-pimmer (food processor, vegetable mill or blender). Once reduced to a pulp, the vegetables can be added to the dough
Red colored fresh pasta
Nothing could be easier, to get red-colored pasta you just need to use tomato paste. For make red pasta at home you will need 600 grams of flour, water and 4 tablespoons of tomato paste. If you use simple tomato puree you will need at least two more tablespoons to get a nice red. Also in this case, the tomato paste must be added directly to the dough.
Fresh yellow colored pasta
Just add half a sachet of saffron for every 100 grams of flour used. To color 600 grams of flour you will need three sachets of saffron.
Fresh orange colored pasta
The orange paste will have a sweeter flavor because the dough will be greatly conditioned by the vegetables used. If you use pumpkin to color pasta, we can speak of more than colored pasta pumpkin pasta: it takes 100 grams of pumpkin puree to color 100 grams of flour and if you intend to prepare fresh egg pasta, you have to change your plans and reduce the amount of eggs used.
The situation does not change much if you intend to color fresh pasta with carrots: 50 grams of carrots will be enough to color 100 grams of flour.
Cook the carrots or pumpkin separately until they are very soft (the ideal would be to steam them). Puree the pumpkin pulp (or carrots) and then add them to the pasta ingredients, arranged in a heap.
Fuchsia, pink or purple colored paste
Beetroot can give you a dough for pasta in different shades of color. All you need is a piece of beetroot boiled and passed through the mixer to color half a kilo of flour.
Black colored pasta
Squid ink can be bought in sachets at the supermarket. If you use the sachets you can follow the dosages indicated on the label, while if you use the swollen blisters of black liquid extracted directly from the animal, it all depends on the size of the bladder. To avoid the risk of overdoing it, dilute the contents of the bladder (cuttlefish ink) with a couple of tablespoons of water and gradually add to the dough so as to monitor the color change.
Fresh brown colored pasta
Just add a level coffee spoon for every 150 grams of flour. This ingredient also affects the flavor of the fresh pasta obtained but the result is particularly suitable with meat sauces.
Homemade colorful ravioli
The same methods described above can be used to prepare the recipe forcolored ravioli;maybe you can stuff them with somefresh homemade ricottaand differentiate the color according to the filling. Green is perfect for spinach ravioli, red can color meat ravioli while fuchsia can be used for vegetable-based ravioli.
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