Pasta Nero | Black Pasta

I am submitting this recipe for Pasta Nero | Black Pasta to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted this week by Gay, A Scientist in the Kitchen.

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I love anything homemade and I get immense satisfaction from making something from scratch. However, any ‘help’ I can get in the way of an appliance makes the experience much better. In December Dave and I got a KitchenAid Mixer for Christmas and for my birthday I got this KitchenAid Pasta Attachment.

Kitchen Aid Pasta Attachment
KitchenAid Pasta Attachment

Everything from Kitchen Aid is easy to attach. It is a simple matter of removing the protective cover off the motor, inserting the drive and tightening the screw. Once that is done it is A for AWAY. All you have to do is make the pasta dough (recipe to follow). The dough is then put through the rollers with the motor at a speed you can cope with – not too fast however. This needs to be done several times on the thickest roller setting until the dough has developed its gluten properly and is nicely shaped and perfectly shiny. Once you have achieved this, put the dough the decreasing roller sizes until you get the thickness you desire – not too thin for ravioli and as thin as possible for spaghetti. I leave my spaghetti to dry on a stand before cooking it. The great thing about homemade pasta is that you can make it any flavour / colour you desire, it takes only 3 minutes to cook in boiling, salted water, and it tastes superior to any shop bought product.

Pasta Nero
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Pasta Nero

Recipe Category: Italian
Makes enough for: 2 people
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 200 g pasta 00 flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 pinch fine salt
  • 2 sachets squid ink


  • you can do this by hand, or in a food processor or in the Kitchen Aid!
  • bring together all the ingredients until a dough is formed
  • knead on a floured surface for 5 minutes
  • you need to make sure the dough is not too wet – add flour if it is
  • or too dry – I add an egg yolk, but you can add water – trust your instinct here
  • wrap in clingfilm and place in the fridge for 30 minutes
  • divide into two and roll through the pasta machine

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50 thoughts on “Pasta Nero | Black Pasta

    1. Sorry, I am not 100% sure if the Pineslopes Spar keeps it. I think Nonna Mia’s near Melrose Arch stocks it, and probably Thrupps as well 🙂

  1. I must admit that for me one of the main reasons for making any dough is the process of kneading it by hand. Also, I rather like turning the handle of my EGEA ‘Lusso 160’ (“macchine da pasta ad uso casalingo”) (I chucked out an electric pasta machine given to me many years ago in disgust after just one use – there was no magic in it for me.)… it really doesn’t take very long and it’s a soothing and satisfying process from start to finish.

    1. do let me know so that I can share with other readers. I don’t blog full time – wish I could as it would be a great salary for something I enjoy 🙂

  2. Yes it will, even if one could have done this for a magazine! Where do you get the chance to blog so much, as you have something every day!

  3. awesome and then you make something every single day? What job do you do? NIce to meet you! Met you through Colleen, Brownie girl 😉

    1. I don’t make something every day as I have a few recipes collected for future posts. I own a business selling natural and organic products. So nice to meet you 🙂

  4. I too love my KitchenAid pasta making attachment. As for the joy of kneading… I’m very happy that KitchenAid does it for me. This recipe inspires me to actually pull mine out of the cupboard.

    Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights

  5. I love home made pasta, and have no gadgets at all .. but I have been considering the attachment as i have a big red kitchen aid mixer that i use all the time..thank you c

  6. How fun! I still have to do it the old fashioned way with a manual pasta machine and dry my pasta on a rod stuck between two dining room chairs! I love your pasta drying rack!
    Have a happy evening.
    🙂 Mandy

  7. What a great pasta making aid…I love any pasta, freshly homemade even better, I never seem to find the time these days to make my own anymore, and love pasta ‘nero’.The A could be for “Avanti” a bit of an Italian twist! x

  8. What a great idea to add squid ink to the pasta. Nice twist! And I completely agree, the Kitchen Aid pasta attachment is the best. I use it to make homemade linguini, spaghetti, ravioli…all of them!

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  10. I am actually browsing for kitchenaid pasta roller and i stumbled upon this Pasta maker attachment. The squid ink is something new to me too. I’ve learned so much from browsing blogs. Thank you

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