Pasta comes in all shapes and sizes, giving us different tastes and textures. When natural flavors and colors are added, they become a feast for the eyes as well. I came across this bag of pasta some months back and could not resist bringing it home with me. They look so bright and colorful, almost too pretty to eat.

Each strip of pasta is naturally colored with red bell pepper, tomato, spinach, beet, and turmeric. Although it looks like a ribbon, it has a most unusual name. Maybe something was lost in translation as it is called Mother-In-Law’s Tongue Pasta. In contrast to its unfortunate name, this pasta can be made into delectable appetizers that are both pleasing to the eyes and palate.

This Torino brand of Mother-In-Law’s Tongue pasta is currently unavailable but the Marella Italian Mother-In-Law Tongues can be found here.

Here is a close-up of the pasta. Aren’t they pretty?

Each strip of dry pasta is about ¾-inch wide. After cooking, it is a little wider and perfect for rolling. To keep it light, I used sour cream as the binder. The addition of mint leaves gives it a fresh taste.

Antipasto Rollups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Antipasto Rollups


  • 8 strips Mother in Law’s Tongue pasta
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp dried lemon pepper spice blend
  • ½ cup baby spinach leaves
  • ½ cup baby kale leaves
  • 2 sprigs mint leaves, stem removed


Bring a pot of water to boil. Add some salt. Cook pasta as for 11 to 12 minutes. Drain.

Lay pasta out onto a board. Spread a thin layer of sour cream onto each strip of pasta. Sprinkle lemon pepper spice blend pasta.

Place a spinach leave followed by kale leaf, and mint along each strip of pasta alternating the leaves until pasta is covered.

Spread another thin layer of sour cream onto salad and mint leaves.

Carefully roll up each strip of pasta.

Place on a plate covered with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

For other unusual pastas, please check out the following posts by clicking on the pictures.

Two weeks ago, I mentioned in this post that Ro-Ri San and I visited the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. Here are some of the pictures I took during that visit.

The Institute is housed at the Turnblad Mansion with its castle-like appearance.

This beautiful mansion has 33 rooms, a two-story grand entrance hall with exquisitely carved woodwork, decorative plaster sculpted ceilings, a grand ballroom, and 11 Swedish porcelain tiled stoves called kakelugnar throughout the mansion. Here are two of them.

This is the Visby Window located on the landing between the first and second floors. This window is a copy of a painting depicting a real event in the city of Visby on the island of Gotland, south of Stockholm.

Wit in Wood: Nordic Figure Carving is housed on the second floor. This exhibit will run through May 27, 2012.

This Dalapalooza is a decade old started by Harley Refsal who carves horses and distributes them to artists and friends from a round the world to decorate in themes and styles of their own choosing. Here are a few interesting ones that I have singled out.

This is Pippi Longstocking, the beloved fictional character in a series of children’s books by Astrid Lindgren. Pippi brought back memories of my visit to Gothenburg and Stockholm more than a decade ago.

The younger Biren in Gothenburg. :)

Trosa is a charming summer seaside town by the Baltic. There are homes here in Minnesota that strongly resemble the ones found in Trosa right down to the color.

One of the many souvenirs we brought home with us.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8)