Monday, March 31, 2008

Multi-Colored Pasta - Italy

I found this unusual looking pasta at Marshalls Department Store of all places. I bought some for a gift one time and since then the kids have been wishing they could try it. When I saw some more the other day at Marshalls, we bought it. This 8.8 oz bag of pasta cost $4.99. More than I like to spend on a bag of pasta - but beauty has it's price - and this pasta was beautiful!

Here are the ingredients: durum wheat semolina...if colored - violet (beetroot), green (spinach), yellow (tumeric), orange (paprika), black (sepia...Sepia is a dark brown-grey color named after the rich pigment that comes from ink sac of the common cuttlefish ...we actually tried cuttlefish before here), celery, gluten, salt.

The pasta is twisted and the edges look like they've been cut with pinking shears. Each strand has 3 colors yellow, green, pink (what they call violet) or black, orange, pink. Beautiful - looks more like candy than like pasta.


We all enjoyed it. The color did fade some as they cooked. I was in a hurry during meal preparation so I just served these with tomato based spaghetti sauce which did not allow the beauty of it to really shine through. Would have looked nicer with a sprinkling of herbs and parmesan and butter.


There was a slight difference in flavor to normal white pasta...it had a bit of vegetable flavoring - but especially with the sauce on it you couldn't really tell.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

That beautifully coloured pasta would be a great addition to my thanksgiving dinner ! Thanks for sharing it with us !

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Wow, that pasta looks amazing! I'm stopping by Marshall's this week for a return; I wonder if they'll have some in my neck of the woods.

We are THAT Family said...

Now that's just fun!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I need to try making colored pasta. That would be a fun lesson on food and color.

Edi said...

I never thought of just coloring my own pasta when I make it. I know two little kids that would think that was great fun! I would think you'd need to go heavy on the food coloring...