Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Homemade Spinach Pasta

Okay, I have two wonderful news to share with all of you.

First, my Spiced Browned Butter Nature's Pride Breadsticks with Dark Chocolate Ganache recipe was chosen by Nature's Pride. Which means that I'm one of six Featured Publishers invited to the Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco as a Nature's Pride Bread Ambassador!

I'll be demonstrating the recipe for all to taste. How nerve racking and exciting at the same time. Airfare and accommodation will also be covered! I've always wanted to visit San Francisco. How perfect!

Thank you so much for choosing my recipe and giving me this opportunity!

 And second, I made my first homemade pasta! Using my newly acquired KitchenAid Pasta Roller Attachment. Okay, so the machine did most of the work. But a big thanks to the hubs who works really hard to fulfill my need for kitchen gadgets on my Amazon wish list, teehee.

The first time I had homemade pasta was at Briscola, a Charlie Palmer Restaurant in Reno Nevada of all places. I know, Reno is definitely not a foodie spot but we were there visiting my sister in law.

I was so impressed by the texture of the pasta that I wanted to make my own. So I did. Spinach pasta and it was fabulous.

I used my Homemade Tomato Sauce and added ground sirloin beef. You can add your favorite meat. Chicken, turkey, veal, pork or a mixture. Or no meat at all. Its up to you.

Printable Recipe
Spinach Pasta Dough
Adapted from foodnetwork.com
5 ozs Fresh Spinach, blanched and squeezed dry
1 lb All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 Large Egg
6 Large Egg Yolks
2 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Basil

1. A) In your processor, combine flour, salt & B) blanched spinach. C) Process well.

2. A) With the processor running, add eggs & egg yolks, B) and olive oil through the feed tube. C) Add a couple of tbsp of water until dough begins to form a ball around the middle, add more as necessary, about 2 minutes.

3. Take a handful of dough and form into a firm ball. Repeat until you use up the dough.

4. A) Roll dough out and run through pasta machine B) I used my fettucini attachment and followed  manufacturer's instructions. Dust with flour. Dry or cook right away.

The beautifully naturally green spinach pasta was incredible. 

A) Take your fork and twirl the pasta onto fork.
B) Feed your offspring. 
C) Learn to Slurp.
D) Eat. Repeat.

Use your favorite tomato, cheese or asian style sauce. Or you could even use it in a soup. It's up to whatever your heart desires. Or your tummy. Enjoy!

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  1. Quay Po Cooks said... October 12, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    First Congrats for your recipe being chosen by Nature's Pride. Secondly thanks for the wonderful spinach pasta recipe! I wanted to vote for you but do not know how to. Sorry for being so dense :D

  2. Sommer J said... October 12, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Congratulations!!!!! You deserve it, lady. I have my fingers crossed for you! You're taking off big time, I wish I had the time :( 3 children and a soon-to-be deployed husband doesn't make it easy. BUT I can live vicariously through you and be your cheerleader! Go, Lisa, go!

    I've been making pasta with the good ol rolling pin. It's hard work, and I want that attachment!! Been hinting at the husband for a while. Made ravioli last night and it took me 2 hours to prepare! Love that you used spinach, great way to sneak in veggies!!! My children would love this!!

    And of course I love the step by step slurping up of the pasta by the little man! Gosh he's so freaking cute!!!!

  3. Dr.Sameena Prathap
    said... October 12, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Hi Lisa,

    Joined in today!!Congrats!!The pasta look great..Your son is so sweet!!I love the header picture..



  4. roxan said... October 12, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Ooo, sis, congrats on that win!!! So happy for you! You'll have a blast in SF and eat tons of delicious food. Come down to LA while you're out here and I'll take you to a yummy meal too! :)

    And I'm so jealous of that pasta attachment, I've been dying to get one myself. I think i'll put it on my christmas list.

  5. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said... October 12, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    I'm so excited! I'm going to the festival too! I only live an hour away from SF! Your husband rocks! You are going to love the city!

  6. Fun and Fearless in Beantown said... October 12, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Congratulations on the contest and the homemade pasta...they are both things to be so proud of!

  7. Satya said... October 12, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    homade pasta n that to spinach ..looks so colorful n pasta looks so delicious ...u r a gr8 cook dear n u deserve everything ..


  8. Jennifurla said... October 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Congratulations, Love the pictures here too.

  9. Kathleen said... October 12, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    A huge congrats to you! The spinach pasta looks delicios as all of your works of art always do!

    I wanted to stop by and let you know there is an award for you on my blog.


  10. I'm a full-time mummy said... October 12, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    MMmmmmmmm... love it as always! Everytime I see the pictures of your little boy, I can't help but imagine mine looks so much like yours! :)

  11. ~Lisa~ said... October 12, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    @ Quay Po, thank you so much for your votes!

    @ Sommer, I know it can;t be easy getting things done with three lil ones running around. You're doing a great job Sommer. And yes the pasta machine is so convenient, but kudos to you for making it by hand!

    @ Prathap, thank you!

    @ Roxan, you're not coming to he festival? You must!

    @ Gina! Oh my can't wait to meet you in person! We must meet up at the festival.

    @ FFB Thanks hehe

    @ Satya, you're sweet! Thanks for your votes and support.

    @ Jennifurla, thank you!

    @ I'm a FTM, I agree they both have really lovely large eyes! Which is nice for an asian (=

  12. naomi said... October 12, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Yay! Congrats on being chosen and whoo hoo to your trip to SF. You'll love it.

    And another whoo hoo for your pasta attachment. Funny thing, I just got mine yesterday. I can't wait to try it with you recipe here!

    This looks delish. I'll let you know how it goes.

  13. aipi said... October 12, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Amazing is the word Lisa..u rock girl.awesome homemade pasta!!
    Congrats on your achievements dear..you deserve them all..keep up the good work!
    voted for you :)
    US Masala

  14. jose manuel said... October 12, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Me encanta la pasta fresca y encima con espinacas. Te ha quedado maravillosa.


  15. Dionne Baldwin said... October 12, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    YAY! A good pasta recipe! I never know which ones to trust from just any 'ole cookbook. I love the green and I love homemade pasta! Thank you for posting this with the steps. It always helps to *see* what it maybe might look like when I make it myself. I acquired an older hand-crank pasta maker this summer and I need to break it in...

  16. Monet said... October 12, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Congratulations sweet woman! I had a feeling that you were going to win this competition, and I'm so glad that you did! your blog deserves all the awards and more! This pasta recipe proves your brilliance. It looks delicious and you made it seem like such a simply, enjoyable process. Thanks for continuing to provide such quality work here!

  17. Debbie said... October 12, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Oh my gosh, congrats on being a finalist! I hope you win and have lots of fun in San Francisco! I love visiting there, the weather is always perfect!

    So I am guessing you like the pasta maker attachment then, i have been debating it, but the pasta looks amazing, thanks so much!

  18. Celeste said... October 12, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    First of all, there is nothing cuter than watching a little one eat pasta -- adorable! I am so impressed with the wonderful work you have done in the competition. I continue to vote for you and just know you will make it to the next round. YAY!!!!

    I have always wanted to make flavored pasta and this will be the first recipe I try. It can be frustrating making pasta without a pasta maker... I may have to invest in one. :)

  19. Jean said... October 12, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Yay, Lisa! I look forward to meeting you at the festival and congrats for your accomplishment. :-)

    I feel like such a slacker--I've had my Kitchenaid pasta attachment for a couple of years and I still haven't used it. Your spinach pasta looks amazing and from the looks of your little one, delicious, too.

    I look forward to seeing you advance to the next PFB challenges. :-)

  20. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron said... October 12, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Oh my goodness Lisa!!! you rock this pasta! I know i've missed a few of your posts. Sorry! I've been traveling a lot and will be gone the rest of the month. Congrats on passing to the round 3 and i know i will see you in the next round! Oh, congrats on the Nature's pride too. way to go girl!

  21. ~Lisa~ said... October 12, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    @ Naomi, thanks! I just loved your latest cookies. Let me know how you like your pasta attachment.

    @ Aipi, thank lady! I really appreciate your votes thus far. I really would love some of the dal you made!

    @ Jose, thank you. Your pork dish sounded mouthwatering!

    @ Dionne, I added more olive and water. The recipe didn't call for it but the dough was dry so I added water until the dough was manageable by hand. Pasta machines are fun!

    @ Monet, you're so sweet. I'm still learning and love sharing my journey with you.

    @ Debbie, thank you, I'm looking forward to SF! And thumbs up on the pasta attachment. So simple to use.

    @ Celeste, the attachment definitely makes things easier. And thank you so much for your kind words. You have no idea the appreciation I have for your votes and support.

    @ Jean, looking forward to meeting you as well. You must use the attachment its so worth it. And I hope I advance this round, thank you for your support!

    @ Tanantha! you're so sweet. Enjoy your vacation. And thanks for checking in! Looking forward to hearing about your travels.

  22. GreenGirl said... October 12, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Congratulation Lisa,you really deserve it. Have fun in San Francisco.
    Thanks for the step by step spinach pasta, the pictures are so wonderful
    See you at the next round on PFB

  23. Heavenly Housewife said... October 13, 2010 at 4:04 AM

    What a fantastic looking pasta, and a cute little boy :). I am going to try making my own pasta too.
    *kisses* HH

  24. Annette said... October 14, 2010 at 7:02 AM

    Congratulations! San Francisco here you come! That's gotta be some pretty exciting news on the homefront. Imagine...being Nature's Pride Ambassador! Next thing you know, you'll be asked to host your own food show...you never know what's on the horizon. I'm so excited for you!

  25. megan @ whatmegansmaking said... October 14, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    This is my first time to your blog, but I'm so glad I found it. Your pictures are absolutely incredible and your recipes look incredible. Congratulations on the foodbuzz win - I'm jealous! :)

  26. baking.serendipity said... October 14, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    You are awesome! I'm so impressed with the pasta and definitely love the spinach flavor. Rock on, girl :)

  27. Marisa said... October 14, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Congrats on being chosen to go the the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival in San Fransisco! That is going to be so much fun! You totally deserve it with those ganache breadsticks.

    Love the homemade pasta! I just made some the other day only I don't have a pasta attachment and the whole time I was saying, "I wish I had a pasta machine!" I'm going to get one soon! Great job Lisa, that final dish looks soo good :)

  28. cooperl788 said... October 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Yay!!! Congrats on being picked! SF is my hometown city, and you are going to love it!
    As for the homemade pasta, it looks super yummy. I have the attachment on my wishlist too. Maybe I'll be trying your recipe after Christmas? :)

  29. sinfullyspicy said... October 14, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    tht pasta rocks...u are foraying into zones which I dread ...like making pasta..loved each step n pic! well dond

  30. Jolene - EverydayFoodie said... October 14, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    I am very impressed by your pasta making skills!

  31. Pam @ Kitchen Cookware said... October 18, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    Wow, I made spinach pasta once without the machine but I have to check it out the machine to make life easier.

    Congratulations on being chosen in top 6 contestant. You son eating pasta is so cute.

  32. The Urban Baker said... October 18, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    wow, congrats on the food buzz gig! that is going to be so fun! your pasta looks perfectly perfect! i have been afraid of pasta, however with that handy attachment, i could possible challenge myself!!!
    lovely post. and what a cute little guy!

  33. ~Lisa~ said... October 19, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    @ GG, thanks! I hope I advance to the next round.

    @ HH, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. But then again the machine did most of the work (= Good luck with yours!

    @ Annette, so kind of you. But if that happens, whoa!

    @ Megan, thanks and glad you're enjoying it!

    @ Sarah, I love reading your blog. Make me giggle every time and those pumpkin donut, yummers!

    @ Marisa, thanks sweetie! Girl, with your pasta rolling techniques, a machine is not needed.

    @ Laura, the attachment really makes it easy.

    @ Tanvi, thank you. Loved your breast cancer awareness post.

    @ Jolene, thanks it was really the machine (=

    @ Pam, more props to you for making it by hand. That definitely requires more skil.

    @ Urban Baker, I'm really excited thank you. But I'm also a bit nervous and self conscious. But also, looking froward to learning more about how to improve my blog. I'll definitely take a lot of photos and so a post about it (=

    Thank you all!

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