Lavender pasta is a warm and savory pasta dish which has been flavored with lavender leaves or flowers, or with both. These are cooked with the sauce for the pasta, which is made of several other ingredients like olive oil, garlic, seasonings and vegetables. Besides warm pasta dishes, lavender is also often used to flavor cold pasta salads. Lavender goes well with pasta dishes consisting of chicken, alfredo sauce and other flavoring herbs too. A sweet version of lavender pasta is also prepared with fruits and honey.
The term 'lavender pasta' is sometimes used for a variety of pasta made with lavender as a flavoring ingredient. Lavender is included in the pasta dough in blended form to prepare any kind of pasta such as fettucine, fusilli or linguine. This pasta is then used for preparing lavender flavored pasta dishes.
Ingredients and Preparation
Lavender pasta is made by tossing pasta which has been cooked till al dente with a sauce made of olive oil, garlic, lavender leaves and//or flowers, vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers and zucchini and seasonings. Lavender leaves are added just enough to give the pasta a distinct but not overpowering taste.
Lavender pasta is served hot, as a starter, side or main dish. It may be garnished with lavender flowers and accompanied by crusty bread and salad.
Popular Lavender Pasta Recipe Variations
Pasta with Tomato Lavender Sauce: Many pasta dishes consist of a tomato sauce made by cooking together olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, lavender, pine nuts and parmesan cheese.
Pasta with Lavender Lemon Cream Sauce: This is another common version made by flavoring a creamy sauce consisting of whipped cream and white wine with lavender and zest and juice of lemon.
- Lavender is considered to show similarity to rosemary and the two can substitute each other in many pasta recipes.
- Adding too much lavender to the pasta dish will bring out too strong and bitter a flavor, hence moderation is the key.