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  • 4

    Servings

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 30'

  • Total Time

    Total Time 32'

  • No refined sugar

    No refined sugar

  • Vegan

    Vegan

Perfect homemade pasta dough recipe

  • 4

    Servings

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 30'

    PT30M
  • Total Time

    Total Time 32'

    PT32M
  • No refined sugar

    No refined sugar

  • Vegan

    Vegan

Vegan

Where do you begin when it comes to pasta? Sheer pleasure; the most recognisable symbol of la dolce vita, the sweetest life, the good life. Pasta absorbs all irritations, stresses, annoyances, and anxieties, whether great or niggling; it’s elegant enough for a celebratory meal, comforting and quick enough for a soothing one.

Pasta in this day and age

A good homemade gluten-free pasta recipe has been a mainstay of our menus for quite some time now. Once you master this, you can see a clearer way towards a healthy way of eating that is deeply satisfying and doesn’t deprive you of what you love the best. An indulgent bowl of pasta in front of a good movie still happens.

We still like dry store-bought whole grain or non wheat-based pasta, which is more compatible with tomato and olive oil-based sauces. For richer sauces though,  homemade is the way to go.And yes, you can find good vegan alternatives for creamy sauces, some of which we tell you about later.

Once you get the knack of homemade pasta, it becomes second nature and the difference it makes to your meal is striking. Meal preparation becomes that much more sensual and ritualistic too.

 

homemade pasta dough

Making it Erbology

With this recipe, we’ve taken things just a bit further and used an Organic Aronia Shot to infuse a pleasantly astringent, cleansing flavour, as well as all the incredibly health-giving qualities of this wonder berry. Depending on the season, your mood, and the dish you intend to use the pasta in, you could try no end of variations. Any of our cold-pressed oils could stand in for the olive oil, or you could substitute our other juice shots for the aronia.

What to eat it with…

If you haven’t yet attempted it, making your own nut parmesan would be a logical next step. While there are quite nice pesto recipes that do away with parmesan entirely, we like the creaminess that it brings – and that cashews replicate well. Tofu bolognese is another favourite of ours. Or you could simply use this gluten-free pasta to make more traditional dairy-based or meat-based pasta sauce recipes a bit lighter and easier on your stomach.

Unlike dry pastas, this pasta only keeps in the fridge for a day or two, so before you make some, make a dream list of pasta recipes to try! If you’re going vegan, might we suggest starting with our Ramsons and broccoli with nut parmesan recipe?

Then, for good balance, maybe you could move on to an one-pot vegan version of fettuccine alfredo. Make with cauliflowers, nutritional yeast, your favourite plant-based milk, garlic, shallots, and fresh herbs. As cashews aren’t called upon for creaminess here, take it as even more reason to save some of that nut parmesan included in our ramsons recipe to finish up with. Steamed kale or spinach with fresh lemon squeezed over and a bit of sea salt would be a perfect accompaniment, along with a glass of organic red wine.

Sophia Loren once famously said, “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti”. And she knew exactly what she was talking about, having authored two Italian cookbooks in between all her other exhilarating accomplishments. Keep that earthy, gratifying sensibility in your life, even as the times change.

 

Italian pasta

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Ingredients
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  • ½ cup all purpose flour (substitute with gluten-free flour mix)
  • ⅓ cup semolina flour (substitute with gluten-free flour mix)
  • Half a cup durum flour (substitute with gluten-free flour mix)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Erbology Organic Aronia Shot

Typical nutrition / serving

  • Serving size: 250g
  • Energy (calories): 252kcal
  • Protein: 7g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g

Here's how you make it

  1. Place the flour on a board or in a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the oil. Add the water and aronia shot, a quarter at a time. 
  2. Mix the liquids with the flour, incorporating a little at a time, until everything is combined. 
  3. Knead and work the dough for 10 minutes to develop the gluten in the flour, otherwise your pasta will be flabby and soft when you cook it. Instead, we like it springy and al dente. It should result in a smooth lump of dough.
  4. Cover the dough and let it rest for 20 minutes.
  5. Cut the dough in half and work with one piece at a time.
  6. To roll the dough, you can use a pasta machine or a rolling pin. 
  7. Dust your work surface with some flour, take a lump of pasta dough (the size of a small orange) and press it out flat with your fingertips. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a thin layer. 
  8. Once you've rolled your pasta, shape or cut it straight away. 
  9. Boil and use it in your favourite pasta recipes or store in an airtight container in the fridge for one or two days. The boiling time depends on the thickness of the noddle and if you like it al dente or not. In general, you’ll need to cook the pasta somewhere between 90 seconds and 4 minutes. Al dente pasta will generally cook for 2 minutes or less.

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