Spinach wasn’t my children’s favourite vegetable during their younger years. I tried but my efforts were in vain.
Every time spinach was on the menu for dinner and passed around the table with no interest, it didn’t bother me at all. I would just smile and quietly say under my breath “that’s okay, you’ll see it again later this week.”
I was true to my word, later in the week we enjoyed spinach pasta or lasagna with no questions, no complaints and no left overs. Seems a little creativity can go a long way!
Kids are all grown up and responsible for their own nutritional vegetable intake and when there’s leftover spinach at the table now I still smile and say “that’s okay, you’ll see it again later this week!”
Homemade Spinach Tagliatelle
There are occasions when I make this pasta starting with a fresh bag and not left over spinach. The following measurements of ingredients use an 8 ounce bag of spinach steamed and squeezed as dry as possible from all moisture. Amount of flour and semolina used may vary depending on the moisture content of the spinach.
1 eight ounce bag spinach (227 gr.)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup durum semolina
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 extra large or jumbo eggs
Notes, Tips and Suggestions
- Dough can be made entirely with flour instead of the flour/semolina mix but a more resilient texture is obtained with the addition of semolina.
- I make this pasta the way I watched my mother make it. Since no food processor or blender was available she added the spinach straight into the flour/egg mixture. Even with the many tools available to puree the spinach and make things a little easier I’m still doing it her way. If you want to use pureed spinach instead, place it in the blender with one of the eggs first before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.
- My mother didn’t have a pasta machine as well but used a good old fashioned rolling pin and knife which required a little more work but gave just as delicious results. I love my pasta machine…need I say more?
- The recipe for for plain egg tagliatelle can be found here.