I have been craving pasta and not just any pasta, but slippery gratifying ribbons of tagliatelle, a pasta style that I am yet to find as a commercial gluten free variety. There has been a fair amount of pasta slurping going on around me at home recently. I usually ignore the temptation and prep myself some more Vietnamese spring rolls or a quick stir fry. But there is something about freezing temperatures which make it difficult to enjoy overdosing on raw veg. This is definitely the time of year for something a little more substantial, so besides cooking up another batch of Nomato sauce & soup I am drawn towards a bowl of pasta.
I bought my pasta machine yonks ago, from Ikea. It sat for ages in its' box quite literally gathering dust (and grease) on a top shelf above the hob for ages. I used to gaze on the box proudly "look, I've got a pasta machine" but it was rarely used. Since I started a gluten free diet, this has all changed. A new place in the cupboard with the mixer and my food processor means it is easy to reach for and my diet has vastly improved with the addition of egg noodles, wonton wrappers & potsticker dumplings - all products of my beloved pasta roller. It is difficult to know whether a pasta machine is a good investment for you, but have a think about this. Try to make this recipe, by hand, rolling out the dough. If you like the taste, are not put off by the effort and find yourself thinking about making it again (having forgotten your aching arms and tired hands) then buy a pasta machine! By the way, the ikea machine has fixed tagliatelle and noodle rollers on the same machine, so it was a versatile investment. I haven't seen one in Ikea since but I know that they crop up on ebay intermitattantly selling for around a fiver under the brand / model name Ampia 150, worth the investment I think!
I wanted to retain the yellow hue of traditional egg pasta, so besides the eggs I have included some yellow cornmeal in the dough. If you can't eat corn, then substitute this with millet (for the yellow look) and potato starch for the corn starch (I can't eat potato starch so don't usually include it). Egg pasta doesn't need to be rolled as thinly as noodles and wrappers which will be a bonus if you are doing this by hand, on the pasta roller I rolled from settings 1 - 5 before passing each sheet through the tagliatelle cutter.
- 150g rice flour
- 50g fine corn meal (masa - yellow corn)
- 100g tapioca starch
- 100g corn starch
- 100g glutinous rice flour
- 10g kuzu starch
- 1.5 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 tsp psyllium husks
- 4 eggs
- 120-180ml (approximately) water
- sieve all the flour ingredients together
- put all the dry ingredients into a mixer or food processor bowl
- add the eggs with the mixer running
- gradually drizzle the water in till the mix ressembles chunky breadcrumbs (you may not need all the water in the recipe)
- tip the dough out onto a work surface dusted with tapioca starch
- knead together to make a smooth dry dough and form the dough into even cube
- wrap in a plastic bag and leave to rest for 20 minutes
- cut a slice off the dough
- roll two or three times (turning dough each time by 90 degrees) with a rolling pin till it is thin enough to pass through the machine without cracking
- process the sheet through a pasta machine reducing the thickness each time to create a thin silky sheet, 5 passes worked well for me (or keep rolling manually, turning and dusting with tapioca starch frequently)
- if you have a cutter-attachment for your roller, use it now or slice the sheets into noodles or shapes of your choice (if you have the correct attachment you can pass the sheet through your machine to create the pasta shape of your choice)
- set each finished batch to one side under a damp cloth until all the dough is processed
Keep the rest of the dough in a plastic bag whilst not rolling it.
If the outer skin of the dough is dry when you start, wet your hands slightly and squeeze the dough until it is just moist (not sticky) and pliable again.
You can dry the finished pasta fully if you like, simply by leaving it in the open air, turning each pile of noodles to ensure they are open to the air, then store in an air tight box. Alternatively you can drape noodles or spaghetti over a drying rack (I have used a clean clothes airer). If you don't want to dry them you can put them straight into an airtight box and freeze until you need them. When I have room in the freezer, I also freeze the 'dried' ones in case I haven't managed to dry them completely.
Whilst I was taking the photos I was snacking on the left over cooked pasta with remnants from my fridge. I discovered that this pasta tastes great with tuna, cooked green beans, toasted hazelnuts and garlic oil topped off with a grating of Sussex Charmer cheese (more on this later).
Hope you enjoy this!