Chlorophyll is a beautiful natural colourant that can be extracted at home and used to colour anything, like pasta!
This is an easy technique that I got taught on a pasta course at Prue Leith Cookery School that is a fun way to mix up your pasta game and add a little parsley flavour and aroma to your dish. Pair it with some homemade pasta and bada bing bada boom you have a delicious dinner full of green goodness.
Enough rambling, its pasta time!
Handful of ice
300g plain flour
- Add the parsley and ice to a high powered blender and blend until you achieve a scrumptious parsley smoothie.
- Place the mixture in a pot on a low heat and bring up to 60 C, any hotter will affect the colour. Pour the mixture into a muslin lined sieve and squeeze out all the excess liquid until you’re left with a lump of green goo (Pic 1)
- Mix the aforementioned goo with the eggs in a small bowl and set aside.
- Place the salt and the flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Gradually pour in the egg/chlorophyll mixture and slowly incorporate the flour with a fork.
- Once you’ve formed a rough ball transfer onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, check out my Kneading 101 video for some kneading tips.
- Wrap and leave to rest for at least an hour.
- Once rested crack out your pasta machine and make sure its on the biggest setting. Divide the dough into 4 portions so its more manageable and feed it through on the highest setting. Fold the dough in thirds, rotate 90 degrees and feed it through again. Repeat once more then reduce the size by one and feed it through, lowering the level each time until you get to level 4. Repeat on the other 3 dough balls.
- Either hand cut your rolled pasta sheets into pappardelle or feed it through one the the pasta machine attachments, I chose fettuccini.
- Toss small bundles in flour and separate into clusters of green worms like Pic 2 and allow to dry for min 1 hour but ideally overnight.
- These dried pasta clusters can be frozen as is and cooked from frozen or cooked right away. Be careful that when cooking this because homemade pasta cooks really quickly.
- Top with your sauce of choice and enjoy!
- Good Green Goo
2. Green Worms