5.18.2012

GAPS noodles


Obligatory warning:  several people have had less than stellar results with my recipe. I made it up myself, I’m not a chef, scientist or chemist, so I can’t explain to you why it seems to have very mixed results. I’d love to have “ah ha” answers, but I just don’t. So I’ll start with this. Do not attempt this recipe if you cannot spare the ingredients and the time needed in case  it doesn’t work out.  It just might not. But if you have some coconut flour (or another flour type) on hand and some eggs to spare and you feel like experimenting a bit to figure out what ratios work for you, then have some fun and go for it.

It is with much excitement that I present the following to you.


I don't know about you, but I kinda miss pasta.  I know there are rice pastas out there, but if you're hoping to avoid grains altogether, you're left with options like this for "pasta".


Now... don't get me wrong.  Spiral sliced veggies are a fantastic alternative!  Oh the things you can make with a spiral slicer.  (I'm in the market for a good one, myself)

I had long desired to find another option though.  Since none is easily available, I decided to put my Suzie Homemaker apron on and give it a go myself.

I was given this beauty by my Uncle.


It's an Al Dente pasta maker.  He is my new friend.  I shall name him Herb.  I put off using Herb for a while because I was intimidated by his complexity.  I wasted that time though, because I came to discover how simple and user friendly he is.  There is a set of rollers and several attachments for different pasta types.  You can do linguine, spaghetti, lasagna... tons.  I can even make ravioli.  Each attachment has a few different pasta options, so there's not tons of parts.  There is the main unit, 2 attachments for pasta, the ravioli attachment, and the crank.  And there's a clamp to hold it to the table so it doesn't move around while you crank.  It's super easy.  


So here is the recipe.

I used the following:

1.5 Cups of coconut flour.  (You could use any Gluten free or wheat flour to make a traditional version.)
2 Eggs
Water
Adorable assistants ;)


That's it!



Mix the flour with the eggs until you get an even color and texture.  If you need to moisten the dough, that's what the water is from.  I found that I needed a bit more water than I thought, because the coconut flour is a bit denser than wheat flour.  It is dairy free, soy free and grain free.  Sprinkle in a pinch of salt if you desire.  I did.  

Next, you'll sprinkle some flour on a cutting board or hard surface.  Knead the dough and form a mound.  Take a moist towel and cover it.  Let it sit like this for 10-15 min.  This allows the ingredients to bond together.  

 Dough mound  :)


Covered with my Totoro towel.  :)

After it's set, you'll start slicing 1/4 inch thick slices from the side.  Roll these in the pasta maker.


After you have cut your noodles, you can dry them on a rack.  I have a pasta rack, but I'm sure you could hang them on whatever you have on hand.  This allows them to dry out nicely before you boil them like you would regular pasta.



Boil as usual, taking care not to overcook them.  They get mushy faster than "regular" pasta, so you don't need to cook them as long.  For richer flavor, use some fresh stock.  :)



And there you have it.  Yummy pasta noodles without Wheat. (or dairy, or soy)  

Prepare your favorite sauce and serve. 

Enjoy



14 comments:

Starlene said...

Awesome! I must try these soon! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try these. My son is going to be so thrilled! :-)

Kendall said...

Thank you for sharing! I have always wanted to make my own pasta.

Anonymous said...

These look so good, I can't wait to try them. How long do you let them dry before boiling?

Debi Lytle said...

Please help! I followed your directions but with no success! As soon as I sliced the dough it fell apart.......what did I do wrong? I did gradually add about 1/4 cup of water after adding the eggs because the dough wouldn't come together. Was that my problem?

LindieLee said...

Can you dry pasta in a food dehydrator? Have you made pasta for storage and not eaten it immediately after making?

tokeytokey said...

I'm having the same problem as Debi. I'm assuming I'm adding too much water, but I don't know. How much water did you add?

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Unknown said...

I am also having problems with the dough. I added an extra egg after seeing the comments about it falling apart. It would be nice to know an estimate for how much water we should use. After letting them dry flat I decided to try and boil 3 to see what would happen. As I presumed they just turned to mush so in my last attempt to not waste food I heated a frying pan and cooked them that way. I think they will do well dipped in greek yogurt.

DANIEL GAVRIEL CHI said...

Does the noodle fall apart easily ?

Meranda R said...

I ended up with the same thing, it will not hold together at all, im trying everything to think of, however im wondering if we are yysing different flour? I have just straight organic coconut

Chami Jayasinghe said...

Thank you for sharing, love your recipe

G Theys said...

Complete failure. The dough is too crumbly. I tried to boil some and it completely desegregated, can’t understand what I could have done wrong.

Norm Saenz said...

this did not work.... why don't you answer people when they ask questions. waste of flour and eggs

Regi:Create said...

It’s totally intentional. I love when things don’t work out ya know? ;) Haha. This post is so ridiculously old, I hardly remember that day let alone what variables could have gone into why people struggled with it. I’m not a chef. I’m a mom who liked to share when things worked out for me on this blog here. I’ve made tons of recipes that don’t work out or turn out well for me, but I’ve never gone back to complain. I usually just look at other recipes, look into other people’s experiences, and try to learn as I go. But hey. I’m sorry my homemade, tried on my own, with seemingly random good result recipe wasted your ingredients. I wish you luck on your search for better noodles.