Pasta for Easter – how we make blue pasta: It is Easter and we have been having fun making homemade pasta again.
Our pasta is made with all natural ingredients, therefore we are often asked how we create our blue pasta. We have experimented with many different products and the answer is that we have to mix 2 different colors to obtain a nice deep blue. We used carbonized vegetable powder and a powder called ‘spirulina’. Neither of these food colorings impart any discernible flavor or aroma. However, the result is a wonderful, vibrant deep blue.
Spirulina is amazingly healthy and derived from seaweed! Spirulina is a microalgae that has been consumed for centuries due to its high nutritional value and health benefits. Today, popular lifestyle personalities endorse Spirulina as a secret, potent “superfood”. This blue-green algae grows naturally in oceans and salty lakes in subtropical climates. The Aztecs harvested Spirulina from Lake Texcoco in central Mexico and if it is good enough for the Aztecs, then it’s good enough for us!
Following the recipe we use to make trofie pasta, using semolina and add the colors directly into the flour before adding liquid. This ensures the colors are distributed well and that is how we make blue pasta. We start by adding the spiralina first, 1 teaspoon at a time, removing a little to test it in water to see how the color looks. Once we have achieved the right color of blue, we begin to add a little of the carbonized vegetable powder. Again removing a little and testing it with water. This can take a few tests before reaching this dark blue. Once we are happy with all of our testing, we begin to add the water to the dough in the normal way.
We used both colored powders to create our Easter egg and some of the pasta flowers in our Floral Spring collection.
Happy Easter to you, your friends and your family!