Homemade Spinach Pasta Dough

Homemade Spinach Pasta Dough

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Resting Time: 20 mins
Total: 43 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
568 Calories
8g Fat
99g Carbs
24g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 568
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 233mg 78%
Sodium 689mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 99g 36%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 163mg 13%
Iron 8mg 46%
Potassium 434mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Making homemade pasta can be a fun and rewarding project and is so much better than store-bought. This homemade spinach pasta dough is made with four ingredients—spinach, eggs, flour, and salt—and while the recipe uses frozen spinach, fresh can also be used as explained in the tips below. 

Making pasta from scratch also allows you to mix in other ingredients, contributing additional flavors. The addition of pureed spinach offers a mild taste and turns the pasta dough a brilliant green. It also gives the pasta a boost of vitamins and minerals.

Spinach pasta dough can be made into spaghetti, lasagna, or ravioli, and once cooked is delicious topped with sauces including chanterelle mushrooms, black olives, and sun-dried tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach (thawed and chopped)

  • 5 large eggs

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (plus additional flour as needed)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Squeeze as much water as possible from the chopped spinach with your hands or by pressing with a wooden spoon in a colander.

    frozen spinach in a colander, pressed with spoon

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  3. In a blender or food processor, combine the spinach and eggs.

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  4. Puree until the mixture is dark green and smooth, with few or no visible chunks of spinach showing.

    spinach and egg mixture in a food processor

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  5. In a bowl, combine the flour and salt, stirring with a fork or a whisk to combine.

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  6. On 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.

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  7. Pour the spinach-egg mixture into the well.

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  8. Using a fork, stir the spinach mixture in a circular motion, gradually incorporating more and more flour.

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  9. As 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 dough is smooth and slightly tacky but not sticky.

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  10. Set aside, covered with plastic wrap, for about 20 minutes.

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  11. Assemble your pasta maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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  12. Divide the dough into 4 to 6 equal sections with a knife or a dough cutter.

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  13. Cover all of the pieces—except the one you're working with—with a clean dishtowel or plastic wrap.

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  14. Form the piece of dough into a flat rectangle.

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  15. Beginning with one of the shorter sides of the rectangle, feed the pasta through the pasta maker on the first (widest) setting.

    spinach pasta dough in the pasta maker, rolling out pasta dough with pasta machine

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  16. Then fold it in thirds (like a business letter).

    folded sheet of pasta dough

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  17. Feed it through the pasta rollers again.

    spinach pasta dough in the pasta machine

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  18. Repeat the folding and rolling steps several times on the widest setting, before rolling pasta at increasingly smaller settings until it reaches the desired thinness.

    spinach pasta dough rolled out with a pasta machine

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  19. Use the sheets of pasta as-is for lasagna, form into ravioli, or cut into noodles using a pasta machine attachment.

    Homemade Spinach Pasta Dough sliced into pieces with a pasta maker

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Tips

  • This recipe calls for frozen spinach, but if you choose to use fresh greens, you need to quickly cook them first. Place 1 pound of fresh spinach in a skillet and cook until it turns bright green, about 30 seconds. Then immediately plunge it into an ice bath to stop the cooking. Squeeze out the liquid as instructed in the recipe.
  • This dough can be stickier and more fragile than regular flour-based pasta dough, so you might not want to roll it as thin as you would normally roll the pasta dough.

How to Use Spinach Pasta Dough

  • Cook the finished pasta in boiling, salted water, for about 3 minutes, or until al dente.


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