Making Brown Pasta Dough with Cocoa

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Say whaaat?! Cocoa? In a pasta dough? Are you crazy?!

Yes, yes and maybe. Cocoa in pasta dough is not just a crazy idea of some chocoholic, but this combination is actually used in Sicily. Sicilians are famous for having a sweet tooth, some of their pastry is even too sweet for my taste.

It is rather difficult to come by ready-made chocolate pasta, so why not make it yourself? Nigella Lawson has created a recipe for chocolate pasta, caramel and pecans, but you don’t even have to go that sweet with chocolate pasta. I have some things in mind, but sauce is scheduled later. First, some more coloured pasta.

How you make chocolate pasta dough

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Making Pink Pasta Dough with Beetroot

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If you think plain pasta dough is boring or you want to make pink pasta for Valentine’s Day or any other day you associate with pink, beetroot is a messy, but effective way to make pink pasta dough.

This was one of the first dyes I used for pasta and I was astonished by the intensity of the colour. My co-worker said it reminded her of huge bubble gum.

First, I used beetroot from a jar, which already has a lot of liquid in it. But then I thought that that might be water as well, additional water to the juice I mean. So I decided to extract the dye or juice from whole beetroot. I bought it peeled, though, because it already is a very messy job.

How to extract beetroot juice from beetroot

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Making Green Pasta Dough with Parsley

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There are several ways to make green pasta dough: You can use the chlorophyll from parsley, basil or spinach. You will also find that there are colour powders available. The first time I tried dyeing the dough with spinach, the colour was not very convincing and there were pieces of spinach still visible in the dough and later the pasta.

But then my co-workers and I saw a some luscious green lasagne sheets in a magazine and we could not believe that it was possible with natural colouring. So one of my co-workers wrote to the magazine and asked them how they did it and they said parsley.

I tried it later and you can see the result in the title image above.

So here is how you do it:

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Croxetti

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What are Croxetti?

Croxetti are a pasta form typical of Liguria. Sometimes also called corzetti, they are usually made from durum wheat flour and water, so they are suitable for vegans. The form is believed to have been developed in the Middle Ages.

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