Spinach Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce #ChooseDreams #SundaySupper

spinach pasta and roasted red pepper sauce
Kids love to get dirty. I do too. I can’t think of a better way than in the garden.
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Gardening is a passion of mine. Kids love to learn hands on. Sharing my love of taking food from garden to table with them is a dream come true for me.
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I’ve been fortunate to able to work with so many children on programs to help build school gardens, compost bins, and community gardens. Every child should know where their food originated. You might be surprised to know that peanuts actually grow underground. The flowers bloom, stems turn down and burrow into the ground! Broccoli is a flower that if left unharvested, will open into a yellow bouquet. Learning facts like those help make gardening fun.

Keep the fun going with these ideas.

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Paint raised beds bright colors.

Children gravitate to bright yellows, reds and purples. Remember with raised beds to keep them narrow so kids can easily reach the center.

Plant theme gardens.

  • Pizza gardens can contain tomatoes, peppers, basil, oregano, spinach and onions. The tomatoes and herbs can be made into sauce. Veggies can be used for toppings.
  • For a movie night garden you can plant popcorn, peanuts and mint for tea.
  • Native American garden grows vertical with corn, squash and beans.

Kid-sized tools and gloves are available at most garden centers. Hand trowels also make digging easy.
Introducing a variety of fruits and vegetables to kids can help develop a lifetime of healthy habits. Give them a say in what they grow. Tomatoes for instance, offer several shapes, colors and sizes from which to choose.

Here is a recipe that uses plentiful spinach for garden green spinach pasta. Red peppers, garlic and basil make a most flavorful sauce!
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Squeeze out spinach.
spinach drained
Puree spinach with egg.
spinach puree
Make a well and add liquids.
spinach pasta dough mix
Cover and rest dough.
spinach pasta dough
Roll out to about 1/4-inch thickness.
spinach pasta sheet
Hand or machine cut into noodles.
spinach pasta ribbons
I use a cooling rack to dry my pasta.
spinach pasta drying
Chop sauce ingredients together.
red pepper sauce

Spinach Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Ingredients

    Spinach Pasta
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • reserved spinach water
  • Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
  • 2 cups roasted red peppers, diced
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons basil, julienne
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

    Spinach Pasta
  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add spinach and cook just until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove and drain. When cool, squeeze out excess water. Reserve the spinach water.
  2. Puree spinach with 2 eggs. Set aside.
  3. Mound flour on a cutting board. Make a well in the center, add the 2 additional eggs and spinach puree.
  4. Slowly add flour into the center as you mix. I use my hands, but a fork is fine.
  5. Add more flour to board if necessary and knead into a smooth dough. Add a little reserved spinach water if its too dry. Roll into a ball and cover with a damp towel. Rest dough for about 15 minutes.
  6. Roll out dough to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into desired shape by hand or machine.
  7. Allow noodles to air dry for several minutes.
  8. Bring water to a boil. Add salt then carefully drop in noodles in small batches. Stir and return to a boil. Fresh pasta cooks quickly, in about 3 to 4 minutes.
  9. Drain and serve.
  10. Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
  11. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until chopped.
  12. Transfer to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until spinach wilts, flavors blend and sauce is thoroughly heated. Add a bit of pasta water if sauce seems too thick.
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44 Responses to Spinach Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce #ChooseDreams #SundaySupper

  1. Mary Withrow says:

    I have never made my own noodles, yes I am lazy, lol – That looks fantastic!

  2. What a great post!! I love the gardening boxes and I love how you work with kids to build gardening programs! You are remarkable! Also, your pasta looks just amazing! I need to one day try to make homemade pasta.
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  3. Renee says:

    I love those bright colored plant beds. How great to catch the attention of kids and get them into gardening. And I also love the colors and flavors of your pasta. I really, really do want to tackle making fresh pasta one day.
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  11. Love, love, love that you are working to educate children on where food comes from. The bright colored planting beds are perfect! Also… homemade pasta?! Yes please! What a great dish to showcase all those wonderful flavors!

  12. I am diving into the screen for a bite of your gorgeous pasta dish! (And yes, I inadvertently let my broccoli “bloom” one year and learned my lesson!)
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  13. Liz says:

    Your vibrant, spinach pasta looks terrific…as does the marvelous sauce full of garden goodness!!

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  15. Ooooh, a Pizza Garden! That’s so fun. And I love the simple homemade pasta here. I bet it is amazing!
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  16. What cheerful colors!!! Both the pasta and those adorable garden beds!!
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  17. Bea says:

    I love the idea of a themed garden – super fun! ~ Oh, and your recipe?! It inspires me to want to make my own pasta. Maybe 2014 is the year for it…
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  18. This recipe looks delicious and absolutely one I will be giving a try! I love your blog and all of the recipes you share- thanks and look forward to reading more!
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  19. Sarah says:

    Love that you made pasta from scratch too!
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  20. Shaina says:

    Now I really want to try making spinach pasta…thanks for the step by step instructions, pinned!
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  23. Alida says:

    I love how beautiful your planting beds are…I’m totally going to use that idea! And then you went and made your own noodles with a tasty sauce…you are incredible!
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  24. I love your painted beds! Your so right, children navigate towards bright colors, what a great idea. I also love that you made this pasta from scratch. MUST try in my book!
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  25. Susan says:

    Gorgeous pasta Cindy! I have spinach that I need to use soon and I think my pasta maker needs a visit with this!
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  26. I have never made my own pasta! Those spinach noodles look incredible.
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  27. Such great tips for gardening with kids! You have me inspired to give homemade pasta a try!!
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  28. These are such great ideas Cindy! I love that you’ve been able to teach kids the value of growing their own food–and make it so fun for them!
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  29. Hezzi-D says:

    This looks delicious. I’ve made tons of homemade pastas but never spinach. I can’t wait to get my hands into this dough! Plus the sauce sounds fresh and tasty.

  30. Michelle says:

    The spinach pasta is just gorgeous!
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