The pasta ninja and Instagram star Linda Miller Nicholson delivers Pasta, Pretty Please: A Vibrant Approach to Handmade Noodles, her first cookbook, a stunning cornucopia of pasta in every color and shape, all created by hand using all-natural colors from vegetables, herbs, and superfoods—and including 25 dough recipes, 33 traditional and modern shaping techniques, and the perfect fillings and sauces to make your creations sing!
Linda Miller Nicholson began making pasta at age four, but started adding color to it several years ago to entice her son to eat more vegetables. Her creations became a viral sensation, attracting fans worldwide who are mesmerized by her colorful and flavorful designs. Now, with Pasta, Pretty Please home cooks can create dreamy, dazzling pastas in their own kitchens using only all-natural ingredients—flour, eggs, vegetables, herbs, and superfoods—that are true works of art.
Playful and inviting, Pasta, Pretty Please includes recipes, techniques, tips, and inspiration. Linda starts with recipes for basic doughs—standard egg dough, various gnocchi doughs—and works her way up to recipes for dough in many colorful shades. She teaches you just how many colors are pastable and what kinds of pigmented vegetables, fruits, and spices you can use to color your pasta—such as mixing turmeric with parsley for just the right shade of chartreuse, or using activated charcoal powder to create black pasta. She also shows you how to roll out dough, cut and form many pasta shapes, and gives tips for retaining brilliant colors even when cooked.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll find recipes for more elaborate patterns and colors that are sure to impress your family and friends. Linda reveals how to layer colors to make multi-colored doughs in recipes including:
- Rainbow Cavatelli
- Polka Dot Farfalle
- Emoji Ravioli
- Avocado Gnocchi
- Hearts and Stripes Pappardelle
- Argyle Lasagna Sheets
- 6-Colored Fettucine
You’ll also find recipes for spectacular sauces and fillings, such as:
- Golden Milk Ragu
- Pecorino Pepper Sauce with Broccolini
- Roasted Tomatoes with Basil Oil and Burrata
- Spiced Lamb Yogurt Sauce
- Rustic Squash Filling
- Classic Ricotta Filling
- Pepperoni Pizza Filling
Pasta, Pretty Please is an artistic treasure trove that will please the eye and the palate.