Last updated on August 20th, 2019
Earthy whole grains mix into a pliable gluten-free pasta dough that cooks up smooth with a deep flavor profile that’s simultaneously rich and balanced, while also soaking up the flavors of whatever sauce it’s tossed in. Gluten-free pasta perfection.
With an independent organic market down my street and countless others within a 10 minute drive of my house, it’s easy to forget how spoiled we are with groceries here in the Bay Area. Artisinal ingredients are standard fare and over the years, many of these have become pantry staples in my cooking. So when my market stops carrying one of those ingredients, I FEEL IRRATIONALLY LOST.
The grocery buyer at the market down my street recently changed hands and with that shift, they stopped stocking three of my favorite ingredients (gasp). Possibly the most tragic of these was a fresh whole grain gluten-free pasta that was pure carb magic.
About two hours before I had friends coming for dinner, I went to the market to grab a pound of said pasta to go with the springtime almond milk alfredo I’d planned, only to discover they stopped stocking it. I spent way too long trying to choose a suitable dried gluten-free fettuccine substitute before deciding that there really wasn’t one and if I wanted good pasta, I’d have to make it myself.
So that’s what I did.
Now just an hour before friends were set to arrive, I dusted my whole kitchen with flour and cranked out fresh whole grain gluten-free pasta with an on-the-fly knead-by-feel recipe. That first batch was brittle, but we covered it in sauce and pretended things were all good.
Before going gluten-free, I used to make homemade pasta 2-3 times a week. Cutting out gluten posed an interesting challenge for a fresh pasta-lover, one that was sadly met with much less homemade pasta. On occasion I’ve made gluten-free chickpea pasta and chestnut flour pasta, but until now, I hadn’t yet found a great all-purpose neutral gluten-free homemade pasta. Most attempts have turned out brittle or with an overwhelming alternative flour flavor.
This billionth batch, however, achieved that same stretchy texture of gluten-filled homemade pasta thanks to the soft meltiness of teff flour. Earthy whole grains – teff, millet, and amaranth – meld into a pasta that is somehow simultaneously filled with deep flavor, while also soaking up the tastes of whatever sauce it’s tossed in. Here I’ve served it in the most simple preparation: butter, olive oil, parmesan, salt & pepper, and fresh herbs.
See it in action with a lightened up almond milk fettuccine alfredo (+ wine pairing!) that uses this whole grain gluten-free pasta as the base.
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