If you remember, my hubby got me a pasta maker for Christmas. The first time I made pasta turned out pretty good, but not great. I think the problem was I left the fresh rigatoni in a pile and it stuck together. I also don’t think I cooked it long enough, so it was a bit chewy. My dough didn’t look quite right using the recipe from the instruction manual, but the flavor was good, so I don’t know what the exact problem was.I decided to give it another try, but this time I made spinach spaghetti. I used this recipe from Williams-Sonoma as a guide. Since this recipe was for a different type of pasta maker, I just used the dough, but not the steps that followed. Even if you don’t have a pasta maker, I think you could probably still use this recipe. Just make sure your dough is rolled out thin enough and then cut it out how you want.
I admit I was a little bit concerned about how this would taste. It uses a pound of spinach and I was afraid it would taste too spinachy. My fears were totally unfounded. This pasta was so good! It wasn’t too spinachy at all, it tasted great and I let it cook a lot longer than the rigatoni, so it wasn’t chewy at all. The only problem was I let it get stuck together. I made little piles of the pasta as it was coming out of the machine. Literally, the only reason I did this was because that’s how Aziz Ansari made his pasta on Master of None and I thought that was a thing to do with fresh spaghetti. Either I did it wrong or I should not take lessons about pasta making from a comedian. I think I did it wrong, though, because I just Googled “fresh spaghetti” and there are lot of little spaghetti nests out there.
Fresh Spinach Spaghetti
1 pound fresh spinach, stems removed
3 cups all-purpose flour
Put the spinach in a sieve and run cold water over. When it is cool enough to handle, ring it out in a towel until mostly dry.
On a cutting board, pile up your flour and make a crater inside. To the crater, add your spinach mix and the second egg (slightly beaten). Using either a fork or your hands (I used my hands), mix the egg and spinach into the flour until well combined, working the ingredients into a solid dough.