vegetable pasta recipe

Rainbow Ravioli

Rainbow Ravioli

You are sure to get a smile when you serve rainbow ravioli. These colorful ravioli are made with vegetable-based dough. Recipes for all the pastas and the filling follow below. Unused dough can be frozen and used later. Extra ravioli can also be frozen, so you can make a big batch and enjoy them for several meals. These would be fun to serve for Easter or any Spring dinner.

To make the rainbow effect just grab a piece of the plain dough and add a few pieces of each of the veggie pastas. As you roll out the dough the colors will begin to spread out and blend. I fold and re-roll the dough a few times to get the colors to blend a little more. Every batch is a little different.

I often use a food processor to make pasta dough, especially the vegetable pastas because I use vegetables that need to be pureed. I have a small processor which is perfect for small batches using no more than 1 cup of flour. I often use my stand mixer for larger batches and for plain dough. Always best to make pasta dough at least 30 minutes ahead and let it rest. You can even make it the day before and chill until ready to use.

 

Assorted pastas

Assorted pastas

Cooked beets and flour

Cooked beets and flour

Process until dough forms

Process until dough forms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freshly rolled sheets of dough

Freshly rolled sheets of dough

Simmer ravioli 3-5 minutes

Simmer ravioli 3-5 minutes

Ready to enjoy

Ready to enjoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Homemade Pasta

 3 c. flour

1 1/2 t. salt

4 eggs

Water, if needed

 

Mix flour and salt and stir in eggs, kneading until dough is smooth and elastic. Dough will be very stiff. Add a little water if needed to hold dough together. You may wish to mix the dough in a mixer or food processor. Cover dough and let rest 15-20 minutes before rolling. Under kneading your dough will result in coarse, crumbly pasta. This batch makes about 1 pound. Serves 4-6.

Roll dough out on well floured board or in pasta machine (non-electric) until desired thickness in reached. Add flour as needed to prevent sticking. Cut into strips or whatever shapes are desired. You might want to let the noodles dry 1-hour or more before cooking, but this is not necessary. Pasta can be hung to dry or separated and allowed to dry flat on a table. When pasta is not hanging to dry it must be turned occasionally to dry evenly.      Although you may hear otherwise, homemade pasta, even when dried, should be frozen for long term storage. Storing at room temperature can lead to spoilage. Fresh pasta can also be stored in the refrigerator for a day or two.

 

These are smaller batches which can be mixed in a processor or by hand. If you want to mix a vegetable based pasta by hand, puree the vegetables first.

 

Carrot Pasta

 1 c. flour

1/2 t. dried dill

1/3 c. carrot puree

1-2 T. water, if needed

   Beet Pasta

1 c. flour

1/2 t. dill

1/3 c. beet puree

1-2 T. water, if needed

Spinach Pasta

2 c. flour

1 10 oz. package frozen spinach, cooked, drained, reserving some of the liquid

Mix this dough as for other pastas, but don’t be too quick to add reserved liquid. While kneading you’ll get water out of the spinach. May require more kneading and rolling than other pasta doughs. Be patient, it’s worth the work.

Broccoli Pasta

1 c. flour

1/2 c. broccoli puree

 Ravioli Filling

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

2/3 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

2/3 c. ricotta cheese

1/3 c. grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

Combine all ingredients well and chill until needed.

Roll a batch of dough into  a rectangle, 18×12 inches and 1/16 inch thick. Arrange well rounded teaspoonfuls of the  cheese filling two inches apart on the pasta sheet. Roll out additional dough into an 18×12 inch rectangle. With a pastry brush moisten bottom sheet of pasta around edges with water. Place second sheet of pasta on top, using fingers to seal the dough around the edges of the filling. With a pastry wheel or sharp knife, cut between the ravioli to separate them. You should have 24 ravioli.

To cook the ravioli- just drop them into simmering water and cook 3-5 minutes. If using frozen ravioli increase cooking time by about 2 minutes. Time will differ depending on how thick you rolled the dough and how many you are cooking at one time.

Homemade Vegetable Pasta

Veggie Pasta Linguine

Homemade pasta is so much fun to make and the flavor is worth the extra effort. I taught a pasta class a couple of nights ago. Everyone had a great time.  We made several different veggie based pastas, including spinach, carrot and beet. The recipe is pretty simple. Cooked veggies and flour.

We combined the ingredients in a food processor, then let the dough rest before rolling. Once you are ready to roll out your pasta, the shape is up to you. You can hand roll the pasta, and cut into noodles. We used pasta makers to roll the dough, and then a cutting attachment for the angel hair pasta and linguine.  Some dough was also used to make cheese stuffed ravioli, or combined with other pasta dough for more of a rainbow pasta.

We also had some egg based pasta dough and a parsley pasta dough.

Directions for mixing to dough is all the same- combine ingredients in a food processor and mix until dough forms into a ball. Allow to rest, covered, for 20 minutes, before rolling.

To cook fresh pasta, noodles are cooked in boiling, salted water for 1-2 minutes. Ravioli are cooked in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.

 

Mixed veggie pasta, ready to be cut

Spinach angel hair

Carrot and Spinach Ravioli

Parsley Linguine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrot Pasta

1 c. flour

1/3 c. cooked carrots

1-2 T. water, if needed

 

       Beet Pasta

1 c. flour

1/3 c. cooked beets

1-2 T. water, if needed

 

Spinach Pasta

2 c. flour

1 10 oz. package frozen spinach, thawed, drained, reserving some of the liquid

 

Mix this dough as for other pastas, but don’t be too quick to add reserved liquid. While processing, you’ll get water out of the spinach. May require more kneading and rolling than other pasta dough. Be patient, it’s worth the work.

Parsley Pasta

1 c. flour

3 t. chopped fresh parsley

1 egg

1 T. oil, (optional)

2-4 T. water, if needed

Basic Pasta Dough

1 c. flour

1 egg

1 T. olive oil

1 T. water, if needed

 

Four Cheese Ravioli Filling

3 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

15 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese

8 oz. cream cheese

5 oz. shredded Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Chill until ready to use. This will fill dozens and dozens of ravioli. Extra filling can be frozen and used another time.