4 Healthy Gluten-Free Pasta Recipes

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4 Healthy Gluten-Free Pasta Recipes

May 29, 2015 //

Sometime's it's challenging to find good gluten-free recipes—especially when you get a craving for something that typically has gluten in it, and you just have to satisfy it. Well, for the times when you’ve got a hankering for noodles that nothing else will do, try these great gluten-free pasta dishes.

1. Epicurious’s Fresh Gluten-Free Pasta

This gluten-free pasta recipe from Epicurious combines a large variety of different gluten-free flours to help you make delicious homemade noodles that won’t interfere with your health.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup corn flour
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flour
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum
  • 6 eggs (large)

Directions:

  1. First, sift the flours and the potato starch together in a bowl.
  2. Next, mix in the salt, guar gum and xanthan gum.
  3. Sift all of this again, this time placing it in a stand mixer bowl.
  4. Separate the yolks from 4 of the eggs and add them to the dry ingredients.
  5. Discard the whites (or save them for an egg-white omelet later on).
  6. Break the last 2 eggs and add both the yolks and whites to the bowl.
  7. Now, blend it all using your mixer for about 3 minutes, or until the dough seems ready.
  8. Use it at medium speed and with a paddle attachment.

Once your gluten-free pasta dough is ready, separate the ball of dough into 8 equal pieces to prepare to make the noodles by hand (if you have a pasta machine, you can also use that).

  1. Cut all these pieces in half. At the end, you should have 16 balls of pasta dough roughly the size of a golf ball.
  2. Roll these balls out, and flatten them as thin as you can, then cut the pasta to your desired thickness.

Congratulations! Your noodles are ready for cooking. Boil the noodles in salted water to cook (be aware that cooking gluten-free pasta may be trickier than regular pasta). Depending on how thinly you rolled and cut the dough, it could take between 3 and 6 minutes to cook.

2. Jamie Oliver’s Gluten-Free Pasta Dough

This next homemade gluten-free pasta recipe comes from Jamie Oliver. It's similar to the first recipe, but the biggest difference is it has rice flour instead of quinoa flour.

Ingredients:

  • 150 grams gluten-free rice flour (nearly 1 cup), plus more for dusting
  • 50 grams potato starch (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour
  • 2 tablespoons xanthan gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 eggs (large and free range)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin)

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients roughly in a mixer or food processor.
  2. Then, dust a surface with rice flour and knead the dough for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until it’s smooth.
  3. When the dough is ready, you can prepare the noodles in a similar way as in the first recipe.

3. Serious Eats’ Gluten-Free Fresh Pasta   

If you’ve been disappointed with the consistency of homemade gluten-free pasta dishes in the past, try this recipe from Serious Eats. It adds extra eggs to help the dough stick together, even without gluten, resulting in “beautiful, tender noodles.”

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 4 eggs (large)
  • salt

Directions:

  • Whisk the dry ingredients in a dry bowl, then add the eggs.
  • Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until it is well mixed and a dough has developed.
  • Dust a surface with brown rice flour, then knead the dough on the surface until smooth.
  • Prepare the noodles as in the first recipe.

4. Food.com’s Fresh Egg Pasta-Gluten Free

The previous recipes are good gluten-free pasta options for spaghetti and other pasta. This recipe can be used as a good replacement for egg noodles.

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1⁄2 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons potato starch
  • 4 1⁄2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs (or 4 to 5 egg whites)
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl. In another bowl, beat the eggs and oil.
  2. Add the oil and egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir well.
  3. Work it into a ball, then knead for a minute or two.
  4. Prepare a surface with potato starch, and roll the dough as thin as you possibly can.
  5. Cut the noodles into the desired shapes.
  6. When it comes time to cook the noodles, use salted boiling water (with 1 tablespoon of oil added).
  7. Cook for between 10 to 12 minutes, or until done.
  8. Drain, rinse well, and serve.

 

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Christian Heftel

Christian Heftel is a freelance writer and fitness enthusiast. He is a certified yoga instructor, a teacher of Yau Man Kung Fu and a general lover of outdoor activity. When he's not writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son.

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