Many years ago, when I was going through my pasta making phase, I found that the best thing to use to get your pasta colored, and add the flavor, was baby food. Get the smallest jar of spinach for green, carrots for orange. Once you have the feel of how the dough should come out, then you can start adding the baby food. If you are trying to make Angel Hair or other thin pastas, chopped spinach will not work. When you get the rollers down to the thinnest level, before cutting, the spinach will get caught and your pasta will tear. I have also found this to be the case when I would add Italian Seasoning to the mix. I have both a manual roller type, and the electric extruder (easy to use, pain to clean). Never got one for my KA because I do not use the others often enough. Years ago when I was making pasta, it was pretty hard to find fresh pasta in grocery stores. Now it is everywhere. It does not taste the same as homemade though.