Add Fresh Herbs to Pasta

Adding a handful of fresh herbs and edible flower petals to dough will infuse pasta with so much flavor that the only additions you need to turn the dish into a meal are a little butter (OK, a lot of butter) and grated cheese.

Here’s how to grow your own herbs to make homemade Calendula and Parsley Pasta.

Above: The herb-infused pasta is dressed simply with olive oil, butter, and shaved pecorino cheese. Some reserved chopped parsley and calendula petals are sprinkled on the edge of the plate, as well. Photograph by Mimi Giboin for Gardenista.

Above: Parsley seed can be sprouted on a window sill. Seeds need warmth — and patience — to germinate (they could take three weeks to sprout). Soak Dark Green Italian Parsley seeds overnight in warm water before sowing thinly just below the surface in an organic seed-starting mix (to make your own, mix equal parts of sand, perlite, and peat). Add a spoonful each of superphosphate and of dolomitic lime to fertilize. A packet of seeds is $1.75 from Landreth. Image by Melkmeisterin, via Flickr.

Above: The common name for Calendula is pot marigold. Easy to grow, it is a Mediterranean native best sown directly in the garden, in partial shade or full sun. Harvest the pedals individually to use in recipes. Image via Frugally Sustainable.

Above: Wash and dry leaves and petals before chopping. Photograph by Mimi Giboin.

Above: A handful of rough-chopped parsley and flower petals to dough before rolling it out. Photograph by Mimi Giboin.

Interested in more ways to incorporate garden ingredients into your dinner? See Gardenista‘s posts What You Can Do With a Loquat and An Instant Herb Garden.

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Faith Billingham
Faith Billingham4 years ago

Great article, thanks for sharing...

Melissa Franklin
Melissa Franklin4 years ago

yummy, looks good!!!!

Pinke A.
Pinke A.4 years ago

Makes me hungry,just to think about that!

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey4 years ago

I grow basil to go with the tomatoes I grow. Both very, very easy and satisfying results.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Loo Samantha
Loo sam4 years ago


A N M.
anne M.4 years ago

Sounds delicious

A N M.
anne M.4 years ago

Sounds delicious

Sheila Casey

adding things into pasta was fun (we have a pasta maker) but now we are on gluten free diet :( but still brings back those fond memories!

Laurie D.
Laurie D.4 years ago

Though I am not wild about making my own pasta -- gluten free isn't all that fun to make! I AM interested in growing my own herbs and spices -- and heirloom tomatoes! I live in an apartment, but want to garden with what space I have!