Homemade Pasta for Dinner Tonight!

There are some fundamental things you miss when you can’t have them–bread, rolls, chocolate and pasta!  I’m not sure why chocolate is in there but it is true so it stays.  Stores offer a lot of alternative gluten-free pastas out there, but you have to try so many to get one you like!  This recipe may solve this dilemma for you.

I had never tried to make pasta or spaghetti before.  However, I did have a good friend who had an Italian restaurant based on all handmade, fresh pasta.  We loved her restaurant so when we move away and had to cook gluten-free, I remembered her telling me it was “easy.”  Easy for her to say–she was a chef!  So when I saw a recipe in a trusted gardening magazine I decided to try.  I didn’t even have any special equipment–just the food processor, a rolling pin and a pizza cutter.  Add your favorite sauce and you have a great meal.

I made spaghetti and fresh noodles for soup–new additions to my weekly gluten-free menus.

Since I love to share the recipes that work for my family–here is the basic recipe for homemade pasta.  I hope you like it.  It has inspired me to go on and try homemade ravioli!  Watch for that recipe–coming soon!  Happy gluten-free cooking!  Enjoy it tonight.

Homemade Pasta
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Baking Free™ Gluten-Free all purpose flour
  • ¾ cups nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon guar gum
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 3-4 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. Measure the flour, dry milk, guar gum, xanthan gum and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine.
  2. Add the eggs, water and olive oil. Process until the dough gets stiff.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and knead for about 3 minutes or until smooth and flexible.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  5. Using a rolling pin, roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to about ¼ inch thick. Using a pizza cutter cut dough into desired width for spaghetti or linguini.
  6. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the pasta, which will cook quickly. Begin checking for doneness by tasting a piece after just a few minutes of boiling (about 4 minutes). The pasta should be tender, not too soft or mushy.
  7. Drain in a colander set in the sink. Top with your favorite sauce or just butter and grated cheese.
Notes
This recipe can make pasta or noodles depending on how you wish to use it. Also pasta or noodles can be air dried for later use. Just remember to cook a couple of minutes longer if dried.

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