Fatta in Casa
to make delicious, fresh gluten-free pasta that doesnt taste
any different from fresh, Italian (gluten) semolina pasta. Learn
how to make an assortment of different types of pasta including
lasagna, cannelloni, tagliatelle, tortellini, and ravioli.
learn to make the following pasta in this class:
- Pasta Dough
- Spinach Pasta
and Tips you will Learn:
the appropriate gluten-free flour
year ago, we did an on-line cooking class on making homemade pasta.
We were so excited that we were able to produce a fresh gluten-free
pasta that tasted as good as the "real" thing. Here
we sit a year later and we are still enjoying homemade fresh gluten-free
pasta. Since this pasta is so wonderful we felt that it would
be worth it to bring back this class and spend some time talking
about making different kinds of fresh pasta. In this months
class we will walk you through how to make basic pasta dough,
spinach pasta as well as many different kinds of pasta that you
may have once thought were a thing of the past.
the appropriate gluten-free flour
test kitchens agree that the best gluten-free flour mix
for this pasta recipe is The Gluten Free Pantrys Country
French Bread flour mix. It is quite easy to work with and produces
a perfect pasta dough. (To purchase this product, visit the Gluten
Free Pantry at www.glutenfree.com.)
course you will need several tools, appliances and pots to make
your pasta. Should you find that you are missing something please
visit the Glutenfreeda shopping mall.
You will find all the items available through our affiliate Cooking.com.
traditional way of preparing fresh pasta is to place the flour
on a flat surface, make a well in the center and add the eggs
and oil. In order to alleviate the pain and frustration I expected
to encounter with this method, I went straight to my trusty, old
food processor and found the results to be more than satisfying.
automatic pasta machines that mix and then expel the finished
pasta. You will find the results are not as good as pasta rolled
out through a hand-crank machine. Luckily the cost of a hand-crank
pasta machine is very reasonable. Note: Never wash a hand-crank
pasta machine with water the flour will freeze up the roller.
Instead simply dust off the pasta machine with a clean, dry cloth.
simple device that resembles a pizza cutter. This is quite helpful
in creating nice finishes to the edges of your pasta as well as
cutting nice, clean straight lines.
cups gf flour
Tablespoon olive oil
all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the dough
is just combined. Dump out the dough onto a lightly gf floured
surface and knead several times until the dough is satiny and
elastic, about 10 minutes. Place the dough in a bowl and cover.
Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes before proceeding.
the pasta machine. Start at the lowest setting (usually they will
have settings 1 through 6 1 being the widest setting).
Cut a small chunk off of the rested dough and knead several times.
Press the dough out with your hands so that it is fairly flat
(about 1/4 inch thickness). Run the dough through the pasta machine.Lightly
flour the dough (with gf flour) if it threatens to stick. Guide
the dough as it comes out of the machine with a flat hand. Take
the pasta and fold into thirds.
it through the first press again with the folded edges running
perpendicular to the pasta machine. Set
the rollers to 2 and run the sheet through the machine.. Keep
rolling it through the machine, decreasing the width of the rollers
each time, until you get to setting #5. Place the finished sheet
of pasta on a baking sheet dusted with cornmeal and cover with
plastic wrap. Repeat this process with the remaining dough. Do
not lay the sheets of pasta on top of each other or they will
stick together. To avoid this problem, lay plastic wrap on top
of each layer. Now you are ready to make whatever kind of pasta
you would like.
pastas will be a little wetter than your basic pasta dough. You
may have trouble rolling them out the 5th setting.
If the pasta rips at this point, you may want to just roll it
out to level 4.
- 2-1/2 cups
Tablespoon olive oil
- 1-1/2 cups
fresh spinach, finely chopped
all the water out of the spinach using square of cheesecloth.
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until
just combined. Dump the dough out onto a gf floured surface and
knead until the dough is satiny and elastic. If the dough seems
too sticky, gradually work small amounts of flour into the dough
while kneading. Cover and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes
before proceeding. Follow the directions above for making pasta
is quite simple. Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil.
Trim the pasta sheets into even long strips. Carefully place one
lasagna noodle into the water at a time. Boil for about 5-6 minutes
or until al dente. Drain. You are now ready to layer your lasagna
noodles with a filling and bake. For a delicious lasagna recipe
try our Lasagna recipe.
ravioli, cut 2x2 inch squares out of your rolled pasta.
Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of one square.
Dip your fingertip in water and lightly coat the outer edges of
the square. Place a square on top and press edges to seal (trying
to eliminate all air pockets). If youd like you can use
the tines of a fork and press lightly on the outer edges to help
seal the ravioli and add a decorative touch. Boil for 4-6 minutes
in a large pot of salted water. Ravioli is done when it floats
to the surface and is al dente when tested.
some delicious ravioli recipes try this months Spinach
Ravioli with Sage & Pumpkin or Ricotta
Ravioli with Basil.
2x2 inch squares out of your rolled pasta. Place a nut-sized piece
of filling toward one corner of a square of pasta. Dip your fingertip
in water and lightly coat the outer edges of the square. Fold
the top over to form a triangle and join the points together and
press to seal. Boil for 4-6 minutes in a large pot of salted water.
Tortellini is done when it floats to the surface and is al dente
is simply flat sheets of pasta wrapped around a meat filling.
Cut the pasta sheets into 4 inch squares. Carefully place one
cannelloni noodle into the water at a time. Boil for about 5-6
minutes or until al dente. Drain. You are now ready to roll the
cannelloni around a filling and bake.
is one of the simplest pasta shapes to make, mostly because it
doesnt require a pasta machine. Roll out the pasta as thin
as possible with a rolling pin. Beginning at one end, roll the
dough into a long, thin cylinder. Beginning
at one end, cut the roll into 1/4 inch slices. Gently
ease the slices into separate strands of tagliatelle.
Boil tagliatelle in salted water until al dente.
can store any fresh pasta for 2 days by wrapping it tightly in
plastic wrap and placing it in the refrigerator. Allow the pasta
to come to room temperature before cooking.
next time you want to enjoy pasta, try making some of your own.
Put a little Dean Martin "Thats Amore" in the
CD player, pour yourself a little glass of vino, roll up your
sleeves and have fun! I am confident will definitely enjoy the