I’ve been grain free for about seven months now. I can do without oatmeal, rice, cereal, and almost any other grain based product. My weaknesses are bread, pasta, and cookies! I cracked my grain free bread recipe a few months ago and life has been pretty good. I’ve got a few cookie recipes that I like, so between those and ice cream, desserts are covered. Pasta- macaroni as my mother would call it- is something I cannot live without!
I tried lots of flour blends. After lots of failures, including one on Holy Saturday when I tried to make grain free lasagna and got as far as dropping the dried noodles in the water and cried as I watched them disintegrate, I’ve got a recipe that is grain free but doesn’t taste like it. That’s my kind of grain free!
Like anything else, making pasta is a skill and having cooked a meal, or made a dough before does not put you at an advantage. The first time you make this recipe, you might want to have two sets of hands available, if not you can do it by yourself, it just takes more time and is a bit more awkward.
Here’s what you’ll need
1 ½ cups My grain free flour
1 teaspoon xanthum gum
3-6 tablespoons cold water
One section at a time roll each section through your pasta machine on number one.
Repeat with the number two and three settings. After number three my sections are usually long enough where I have to cut them in half. When you cut your sections in half, it’s a good idea to re-dust them with flour. Having enough flour on your pasta dough keeps it from sticking to the rollers. Continue running each section through your machine until you have reached level 7. Flour your sections again and run them through the pasta making attachment. If you have a drying rack, hang up your pasta for a quick dry. If not, you can lay out your pasta on trays and it will dry by the next morning.
The quality of your pasta will be the same regardless of which drying method you use. Once your pasta is dry, cook it in boiling water for about 8 minutes, add your favorite sauce and you’ll hardly be able to tell it’s grain free!