I did it! Gluten-Free stuffed pasta!!
I’ve never made stuffed pasta before, other than the kind that I take out of the bag and stick in boiling water. But I’ve been craving the stuff, and before I was gluten-free I loved tortellini, so I figured, why not give it a try.
First, I had to make the dough. I knew that this was the most vital part of making the pasta actually be… pasta. So I decided to start with a recipe. I found a great one at Bob’s Red Mill
This called for:
- 1/3 cup Tapioca Flour
- 1/3 cup Cornstarch
- 2 TB Potato Starch
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 TB Xanthan Gum
- 2 eggs
- 1 TB Vegetable Oil
I mixed them all together, and then – because I am in the midst of chaotic, busy part of my life so once I’d made the dough, I didn’t really have the time to continue with the pasta making until a few days later.
When I did get to the actual making of the pasta it took quite a while. Having no pasta machine, I was doing it all by hand. Thankfully I have acquired a rolling pin since the last project (thanks to a friend of mine – Thanks Erica!!)
I decided to try two kinds of pasta. One with a filling made of Ricotta cheese, some parmesan, and some Italian herb seasoning. The other was leftover butternut squash soup I’d made a time back and frozen. I mixed with it some ricotta to thicken it a bit. So, I thought it would be easier to make some Ravioli and some Tortellini (so I could have different pastas for each filling!)
First, I rolled the pasta as thin as I could (though I think it could have stood to be even thinner. I used a cup to form circles – which I rolled even thinner, and then some got a little dab of the squash filling and rolled into tortellini’s, others got ricotta and then cut into squares of ravioli.
These sat out for a little bit, while I waited for dinner time, and then I put them slowly into some boiling water. I cooked them for about 10 minutes and they were ready.
Forgot to take pictures of the finished product – but both types were yummy! Next time I’ll experiment with some sauces to compliment the pasta 🙂
In other news – school is gearing up, and I’m transitioning into the start of the program year at church, and cutting back on my workstudy. I foresee a potentially bumpy couple weeks as I transition, so I am entering sporadic updating stage for a time. With me luck!!