Steph from Stephfood was our Daring Cooks’ July hostess. Steph challenged us to make homemade noodles without the help of a motorized pasta machine. She provided us with recipes for Spätzle and Fresh Egg Pasta as well as a few delicious sauces to pair our noodles with!
No mixer, no food processor, no motorized tools — sounded like a great challenge to me! And, of course, my challenge would be even greater because of my need to make gluten-free noodles. I’d made gluten-free ravioli before, but that recipe definitely required a food processor. I needed a new gluten-free pasta recipe, so I turned to my friend Carol from Simply Gluten-Free.
I remembered that Carol had posted a recipe for Gluten-Free Fresh Pasta using the following flours, starches, and gum.
Her dough worked beautifully! I was thrilled that I was able to hand mix the ingredients into a dough ball instead of the sticky mess that I’m used to with gluten-free doughs.
I borrowed a hand-crank pasta maker from a friend. After thoroughly cleaning off the glutenous flour residue with a toothbrush for about an hour, I felt comfortable enough to use it. I even threw my first few handfuls of pasta away to ensure that any remaining gluten had stuck to my dough and would not be ingested.
I had a little trouble getting the dough to work nicely with the pasta maker, but I did get a few good batches of noodles.
And I also got some noodles that clumped into a pile and stuck together.
I even tried the pizza cutter method.
I eventually made enough noodles to create a meal, but the noodles needed time to dry. I tried the traditional pasta rack.
But within minutes my beautiful noodles were stretching, breaking in two, and falling to the table below.
So I dried the noodles on a flat surface.
Having had entirely too much fun for one day, I decided that we were having smoothies for dinner and postponed our homemade noodle dinner until the next day.
With a fresh perspective and a pile of quirky dried noodles, I was ready to start dinner. The pasta cooked nicely, and in no time I had a gorgeous plate of noodles.
Although they were a little thicker than regular pasta, they were quite tasty.
I whipped up a little of what I like to call, “What’s On Hand Pesto” for my sauce. This time it was a walnut pesto because we were out of pine nuts. It was so delicious!
- 1 c. basil
- 1 c. parsley
- 1/2 c. walnuts
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/3 c. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy. Adjust the amount of olive oil depending on the desired consistency.
Topped with my Walnut Pesto, this meal was delicious.
Thanks, Steph, for a great challenge. Thanks, Carol, for a great noodle recipe. And thanks, Karina, for your pesto template. I guess this was a group challenge!
- Have you ever made homemade pasta?
- What is your favorite gluten-free noodle recipe?
- What’s the most challenging recipe you’ve made in the kitchen without an appliance?
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