Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Homemade Gluten Free Pasta

I did it!  I made my own pasta.  No pasta machine involved.  Not difficult at all.  And possibly the only way I will ever eat pasta again.  Oh, and I made it gluten free too.  My father ate it too and could not stop talking about it.  He was super impressed when I then told him I made it.  And about 10 minutes later, he was shocked when I admitted it was gluten free.  It really didn't take much longer to make than when you open a box of pasta either.  Oh sure, the prep time is more.  But the cook time is only 3-4 minutes.  So it really comes close to even in the end.  I think with some practice, I should have it down to about 15-20 minutes.  Which is about the same time it takes to open and cook a box of pasta.  If you don't stop to take photos of every step, it should save you a good bit of time too.  But only a non-blog-aholic would dare to make pasta for the first time without photographic evidence!

Let me again say that I did not use a pasta machine.  I don't own one.  I might ask for the pasta attachment for my Kitchen-Aid mixer for Christmas.  Maybe.  I honestly don't really care if my pasta noodles are imperfect and a bit thicker.

If you can make sugar cookies, you can make pasta.  If you are gluten-full, just use regular AP flour instead of the GF flour.  I adapted this recipe from a few I found online.

GF Pasta that my dad is still talking about:

2 cups GF flour mix (includes xanthan gum)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon evoo
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/3 (or more) cup water

* Dump first four ingredients in a food processor.  (you can totally do this by hand too if you do not have a fp)

* Turn on and stream in the water until dough forms into a ball.  You might need a bit more water.  If so, add a tiny bit at a time.

* Ball up and cover in plastic wrap.  Rest in refrigerator for 10 minutes.

* Lightly flour surface and rolling pin.  Cut dough in half and roll out as thin as possible.  Cut into desired shape with pizza cutter or knife.

* Toss in a bit more flour if noodles are sticking together.

* Add to salted, boiling water.  Cook for 3-4 minutes, depending on thickness.

Every recipe I found used either a pasta machine or a ruler to make picture perfect noodles.  That's just not something I care much about so mine are all wonky.  Tastes just as fabulous, I promise!

I didn't realize I was out of jarred pasta sauce until I put the dough in the fridge to rest.  Of course.  So I instead used one random can of sauce, one can of crushed tomatoes, one can of chopped clams and one package of frozen muscles.  It takes less than ten minutes in one pot for this to cook. 

Next week, I'm going to try making it pumpkin flavored.  Stay tuned.  I'm so sure y'all are just on the edge of your seats waiting.  Ha!


Momma said...

YUM! I think I might have to try this!!! Thanks!

Tari said...

Yummm! That looks delicious.

nomo wino daph said...

OMGosh!! Yay you!! That's awesome. I really am printing this and going to try it. Thanks for sharing!

Kate said...

OOOH!! I may have to try the dough recipe for making GF ravioli!!! Thanks for sharing it!

Kirstin @ Hello Kirsti said...

Wow that doesn't look scary at all!! I'm totally with you on the photos thing, Andrew has deemed me photo-documentarian, drives him nuts lol.

katie lake said...

I love homemade pasta! I remember my dad making it when I was little. I don't have a food processor but I have a kitchenaid mixer - would that work alright?

So did you just happen to have muscles and clams hanging around? Haha you are so fun with your cooking!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

kLi- You can totally do this by hand too- no need for machines. Just make a well in the flour and mix with your fingers. I was just lazy.

And yes, I always have cans of clams in my pantry and frozen proteins like seafood (muscles and shrimp) and chicken (that I cut up when I buy it before freezing) and anything else I find on sale. Is that strange? I grew up this way so I guess I have no idea if this is odd or not. :)

Posh Peach said...

Wow! I am so impressed. I will have to try this. It looks great!!

JulesTX said...

Very impressive and you made it look so easy. Good job !

Suzanne said...

Wow, that's impressive! I love it! I admit that I own a pasta maker, given to me in April of 1997...it's never been used :( Thanks for the inspiration, it may be time to break it out!

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

I have never made homemade pasta...that looks amazing...time for lunch! xx

Wendy said...

I have been thinking about making my own pasta for a while now. Thanks for showing me it's incredibly easy to do. I'm curious to see how you make it pumpkin flavored.

katie lake said...

I got my call from my dad today and he said "Btw, I bought you a rolling pin. It is a french rolling pin which is supposed to be better." How convenient since I plan on making pasta!

My dad is famous in our family for going to the grocery store late night to buy meats on sale. He does it so he can freeze them. Sometimes he comes home with crazy things like swordfish! It just made me giggle how prepared you were for the lack of sauce accident.

AllieMakes! said...

This looks very yummy. We have been on the hunt for a gluten free flower that is also RICE free and Legume free. We basically have just cut out carbs. But its better than the side effects of eating it... Right? Anyways, this looks SO good! Sauce sounds perfect!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I hope to see you next week.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing..i will try this recipe one day!


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