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How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Yes, it’s TRUE! You can make amazing gluten-free pasta from scratch, and it’s not even hard! Below, check out our FAQs, then go forward and make the greatest GF pasta of all time.

What kind of gluten-free flour should I use?

We’re partial to Cup4Cup, but feel free to go with your favorite. Whatever it is, just makes sure it’s a complete flour substitute. (That means that you can sub it in for normal flour in any given recipe without adjusting any of the ingredients.) Most flours like this are a blend of rice flour, tapioca flour, cornstarch, and a few other ingredients, and have a completely neutral taste.

What does the xanthan gum do?

Xanthan gum plays a crucial role in this, and many other, gluten-free recipes. Made by mixing fermented sugars, it’s used as a stabilizer in many foods. In this case, it subs in for gluten, making your pasta dough flexible and elastic instead of dry and crumbly. It’s a must-have, and most grocery stores carry it!

Can I flavor my dough?

Absolutely! This dough would be delicious with a few cranks of black pepper, finely chopped herbs, or a 1/2 teaspoon or so of dried spices.

Do I need a pasta maker?

Not necessarily, depending on what type of shapes you want to make. Start by rolling out your dough as thin as possible (like 1/16 of an inch thin!) before cutting it. You could always eyeball cutting it into strips for fettuccine-style noodles, or keep the slices thick for lasagna! Any other shapes will likely be too tricky, but worth a shot.

How long will the pasta keep?

If it’s fresh, you’ll want to boil and eat it right away! If you need to wait a few hours, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Any longer than that and we’d suggest drying the pasta. To do this, simply leave the pasta uncovered on a baking sheet in the warmest part of your kitchen. Overnight, the pasta will transform from fresh to dry! Keep it in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, and enjoy pasta whenever the craving strikes!

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Yesterday we shared our pick for the best gluten-free pasta. A few of those gluten-free options almost convinced us we were eating wheat pasta – they were that good!

One thing about gluten-free pasta that is definitely different than its wheat counterpart, though? How you should cook it.

Gluten-free pasta has a tendency to get gummy, mushy, or stick together if it’s cooked for too long or too short. It’s more finicky than regular pasta that way. And the cook time on the package? Don’t trust it.

But it is possible to get perfectly al dente gluten-free pasta! Here’s how to do it.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

HOW TO COOK GLUTEN-FREE PASTA

IMPORTANT TIP! Before you begin, look at the cook time instructions on the pasta package and then subtract two minutes . This is your starting cook time. In my experience, gluten-free pasta rarely adheres to the cook time on the package, so it’s best to start checking it a couple of minutes early to make sure you don’t miss the window and the pasta descends into gumminess or mush.

1. Add a little olive oil to the pot.

Fill a large pot 2/3 of the way full with water. Gluten-free pasta foams more than wheat pasta, so it’s wise to leave a little space in the pot to account for that. Season the pot of water with two tablespoons Diamond kosher salt OR four teaspoons Morton’s kosher salt per one gallon of water. Salty water is one of the keys to good pasta, gluten-free or not.

Then, once the water starts boiling and before adding the pasta, pour a little olive oil into the pot to help keep the noodles from sticking together.

Truth time: This is a controversial recommendation. I think this is an important step, and that it really does help prevent the noodles from sticking together, but some think adding olive oil is unnecessary, or worse, that it actually makes it more difficult for sauce to stick to the noodles after cooking.

I haven’t found that to be the case, and since I’m more concerned about ending up with a clump of sticky noodles than I am with a potential loose sauce-and-spaghetti situation, I’m solidly pro olive-oil-in-the-pot.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

2. Stir the pasta more than usual.

Once you’ve added the pasta to the pot of boiling water, stir every 30 seconds for the first five minutes of cooking to move the olive oil around and keep the pasta loose. Gluten-free pasta requires more stirring in the initial cooking stage than regular pasta so that it doesn’t (surprise!) stick together.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

3. Taste for doneness before the package says you should.

Begin checking your pasta for doneness a couple minutes before the cook time indicated on the package. If it’s not ready yet, keep checking every minute until the pasta is al dente with a slight chew and a uniform texture and color all the way through.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

4. Give it a quick rinse.

Once the pasta is al dente, drain it but keep some of the cooking water on hand to use later if the pasta starts clumping. Rinse briefly with cold water. Again, this helps prevent sticking (a common theme here!). Don’t rinse for long or else the pasta will cool down too much. Five seconds is perfect.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

5. Toss immediately with olive oil or sauce.

After the quick rinse, return the pasta to the pot or pour into a bowl. Toss immediately with olive oil or your sauce of choice. Add in some of the saved cooking water if needed to help loosen things up. Eat!

How did yours turn out?

Share your gluten-free pasta cooking and reheating tips with us! We’d love to hear them.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

You know how a recipe for a pasta dish will always say, “cook the pasta according to package directions”? Yeah. Forget that. I bet the package itself says “cook the pasta according to package directions.” I don’t know, though. I haven’t looked in, like, forever. I have made so much gluten-free pasta over the years that I have become quite the insufferable braggart about the whole business. I want to show you how to make the most gorgeous, lighter and healthier feel-better-serving-it-to-your-family-every-Tuesday-even-in-New-Year’s-Resolution-season sort of gluten-free macaroni and cheese. But first? First, you’re gonna need your very own bragging rights. You need to know how-to boil gluten-free pasta so it’s perfectly al dente, not at all gummy, and holds up as good as or better than any gluteny dried pasta you’ve ever had.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

It’s all about the rolling boil, the foaming pasta water, the changing color of the pasta, and then the rinsing. Do this tonight, and you’ll feel like a rock star. Trust me. I’m a professional (told you about the bragging).

There are some really great pasta dishes in my New Cookbook. But you won’t be satisfied if your GF pasta is gummy & weepy. So let’s get to work:

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Ingredients

1 pound (16 ounces) dried gluten-free pasta, any style (I used Tinkyada spirals)

2 tablespoons coarse salt

Directions

Bring water to a rolling boil in a large pot over high heat. Set a couple pieces of the dried pasta aside to help you recall the color of it dried. Add the salt to the pot, followed by the remaining dried pasta. Stir to combine and to make sure none of the pasta is sticking to the bottom of the pot (or to itself). Continue to boil on high heat, stirring occasionally, until the water returns to a rolling boil (about 2 minutes), and then begins to bubble vigorously and to foam (another 5 to 7 minutes, depending upon the size & shape of the pasta). Turn down the flame a bit if necessary to keep the pot from boiling over.

Once the pasta water has foamed considerably, begin stirring the pasta more frequently and checking the color of the pasta. Once it has lightened in color (usually another 2 minutes), test a piece to ensure it has no dry center but is still a bit firm. At that moment, remove the pot from the heat and drain off all the pasta water. Rinse the pasta thoroughly with warm tap water (or cold tap water if you are serving the pasta cold), then toss with oil or butter to ensure that the pasta doesn’t stick to itself.

If not serving immediately, place into a lightly oiled bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap until ready to serve. Store any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. Can be reheated in the microwave.

Yesterday I posted a picture on Facebook of my pasta dinner. One of my friends asked about how I cooked the pasta. Since she was the second person to ask me in a week, I felt a post was in order.

Here’s how to perfectly cook gluten-free pasta every time:

Use a large pot!

You’ll need about 6 quarts of water for 1 pound of gluten-free pasta. Gluten-free pasta would love nothing better than to stick together. A large pot with lots of water gives the pasta enough room to boil and not stick.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Use LOTS of salt.

There is an old Italian cooking adage about how pasta water should be as salty as the sea. Isn’t that a lovely? If you’ve ever gotten a mouthful of seawater, you know how salty it is! Adding salt to the cooking liquid helps to boost the flavor of pasta. On its own, gluten-free pasta is pretty boring. Salting the water really makes a difference to its flavor profile. You’ll want to use about 1 to 1 1/2 Tablespoons of salt per pound of pasta. I bring my water to a boil, add the salt, return it to a boil, and then I add the pasta. Which brings me to…

Cook your pasta in boiling water!

I know. I know. On the back of bag it states that you can “cook” your pasta in a covered pot of hot water. Hrmp! If you want a pot of sticky, yucky pasta you can do it. If, however, you want lovely, silky pasta, you need to cook it in boiling water. Be sure your water is a boil when you add the pasta and returns to a bubbling boil while the pasta cooks.

Don’t add oil!

There is this cooking myth that adding oil will prevent your pasta from sticking together. Not true! (To prevent pasta from sticking, see #5). Oil in pasta water floats to the top of the pot. When you drain the pasta, it will stick to your lovely cooked noodles. And you know what this means? It means the sauce won’t stick to it! You’ll end up with noodles that can’t hold sauce and, when chilled, will take on a weird crunchy texture. Ew! So no oil in the cooking water! Thank you!

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Stir!

Gluten-free pasta will stick to itself if you don’t prevent it. How to prevent this from happening? Stir it! As soon as you drop the pasta into the boiling water, begin to stir it. Keep doing this for about 30 seconds. Then, continue to stir occasionally while it cooks. The first 3-5 minutes are the most important for stirring. This when your pasta is stickiest.

Taste.

The cooking time printed on the back of the bag never, ever seems to be right. After about 6 minutes, check your pasta. Some pastas cook in under ten minutes, other take about 12. For gluten-free pasta, you want it to be cooked thoroughly but not mushy. When you bite into the pasta, look at it. If there is a dark spot in the center it is not done. The texture and color should be the same all the way through.

Check it.

When overcooked, gluten-free pasta becomes mushy. After the initial tasting, check it every minute. This will ensure that you don’t overcook it.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Reserve some cooking liquid.

Right before you drain the pasta, ladle out about 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Gluten-free pasta really soaks up sauce. To loosen your sauce, add a bit of the cooking liquid to your pasta when you add the sauce. In fact, you want enough sauce and liquid so that it looks like too much. This will prevent your pasta from becoming dry.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Drain

Use a large strainer to drain your pasta. Don’t rinse the pasta in cold water. All that does is cool down the pasta. You don’t want cold pasta.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Return Pasta to the Pot

After draining, return the pasta to the pot to add the sauce. Trying to sauce the pasta in the serving bowl is messy. Topping pasta on individual plates leaves some pasta dry.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Sauce

Add your favorite sauce. If you make homemade sauce, awesome. If you buy pre-made sauce, awesome! Just be sure it’s gluten-free. And read labels each time. Ingredients change.

Reserve a little of the sauce to top each plate. This also makes it easy to adjust the amount of sauce. Some folks like a little. Some a lot.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Stir

Give it a good stir. You want to coat each noodle with sauce.

Serve!

Pasta is best served right after it’s made. Gluten-free pasta doesn’t taste great cold. Nor does it make a good pasta salad. If you have leftovers, reheat before you eat.

And most important of all…

Enjoy!

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Hi! After I drain the excess boiling water, should it be rinsed in warm water or not rinse at all? I usually keep the noodles and sauce separate in a container. I don’t mix sauce and noodles together in a strainer.

No need to rinse. If you aren’t tossing it together with sauce, I’d toss it with some olive oil or melted butter to keep it from sticking.

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How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Recently, I had one of those days when everything annoyed me. Then I saw this video from Penny De Los Santos.

After watching Sara Kate Gillingham make pasta, I knew what would bring some joy into my day: a plate of fresh gluten-free pasta and some alone time.

There was just one problem. All my previous attempts at fresh gluten-free pasta ended up too gummy or gritty. Yet I wanted to try again. Part of me wonders if this yearning was a bit of self-sabotage, a desire to make something I thought would flop. Another part of me thinks it was hope.

Instead of putting together a complex flour blend, I simply scooped some brown-rice flour and added a little tapioca starch and xanthan gum to it. After whisking them together, I added two eggs and stirred everything together with a wooden spoon. It was by far the simplest fresh gluten-free pasta recipe I’d ever attempted. The dough looked so beautiful that I couldn’t help but smile. I rolled it out and cut it into fat ribbons.

After a quick boil in salted water, I strained the noodles. They had plumped up nicely during cooking, but didn’t look bloated and weren’t falling apart at the edges, two issues I’d dealt with before when testing gluten-free pasta recipes. Inspired by Penny’s video, I sautéed a little garlic in a lot of butter, grated some Parmesan, and finished the pasta with a little lemon zest.

I couldn’t believe it: this fresh gluten-free pasta recipe worked.

Over the next two weeks, I continued making fresh gluten-free pasta. I ran it through my pasta maker. I made fat ravioli. I cut it by hand. Again and again, this simple mixture of brown rice flour, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, and eggs made delicious pasta. The biggest difference between this pasta and traditional fresh pasta is that you can’t roll it out as thin. If you use a pasta machine, don’t roll it on the thinnest setting. I’ve found that stopping on the second-to-last setting works best. You also don’t want your sheets to get much longer than 12 inches. When the pasta is longer than this, it tends to break as it goes through the cutter.

Keep those two things in mind and you’ll be rewarded with amazing gluten-free fresh pasta, to make on good days and on not-so-good days. In fact, I think it tastes even better on gloomy days, but that’s just me.

Gluten-free pasta has come a long way, and many varieties perform just as well as traditional wheat pasta. Here you can find some of the new varieties available along with directions on how to cook gluten-free pasta. We’ll also share some of our best gluten-free pasta recipes.

Passing a big bowl of pasta around the dinner table is a classic meal in households everywhere. But if you or a loved one has a gluten sensitivity, it’s not impossible to still make your favorite lasagna recipe without the wheat. A look at the pasta or gluten-free section of your local grocery store will prove there are tons of options to still get your noodle fix while avoiding your family’s allergies. If you’re new to the gluten-free pasta world, it might seem difficult to choose which brand and pasta type to buy. Our Test Kitchen has insights on some of the best gluten-free pasta options out there to look out for next time you’re at the store. And since gluten-free pasta cooks a bit differently than wheat-containing pasta, follow our tips for cooking it to a perfect al dente (and not mush).

Gluten-Free Pasta Types

Since gluten-free pasta can’t have wheat flour (the main ingredient in regular pasta), there are many creative ingredients used for making allergy-friendly noodles. Bonus: many of them are packed with more nutrients such as protein and fiber. Keep an eye out for these gluten-free pastas and the brands sold at stores.

  • Chickpea Pasta: Made from chickpea flour, brands such as Barilla or Banza come in many different shapes. There’s even a delicious gluten-free boxed macaroni and cheese ($3, Target).
  • Red Lentil Pasta: The tiny nutrient powerhouse legumes are turned into red lentil flour and can be found in grocery stores under the popular pasta brand Barilla ($3, Target) or Tolerant.
  • Black Bean Pasta: Not only is it gluten-free but actually fits well into Keto diets as well. Look for brands such as Explore Cuisine ($11, Amazon) or Trader Joe’s.
  • Green Lentil Pasta: Similar to the red lentil pasta above, lentils into flour for a gluten-free pasta option. You’ll find it under the Ancient Harvest brand.
  • Quinoa Blend Pasta: The little seed known for making healthy grain bowls also makes a great foundation for gluten-free pasta. You’ll find it sold under brands such as Ancient Harvest ($7, Amazon) or Trader Joe’s.
  • Buckwheat Pasta: Yes, it has wheat in the name but as long as it’s not contaminated, buckwheat is naturally gluten-free. Look for certified gluten-free brands such as Felicia Organic.
  • Mung Bean Pasta: Newer to the gluten-free scene, the pasta made from mung bean flour and can be found in the Explore Cuisine brand and in specialty grocers such as Whole Foods Market.
  • Edamame Pasta: Those little green soybeans go great in a salad, but also make a fiber-rich, low-carb gluten-free pasta. Look for brands Liviva and Explore Cuisine. You may even spot the Simply Nature brand at Aldi.
  • Lasagna Rice Noodles: Made from rice flour, gluten-free lasagna noodles can be used as a substitute for the pasta in all your favorite lasagna recipes. Look for brands Deboles or Tinkyada ($16, Amazon). Try our gluten-free roasted vegetable lasagna (pictured below).

How to Cook Gluten-Free Pasta

Keep the cooking time on your box’s instructions in mind as not every type of gluten-free pasta is going to cook in the same amount of time. Then follow these steps to make sure your pasta turns out to be the full, non-mushy noodles they were intended to be.

  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot ($35, Amazon) of boiling water, keeping the water at a controlled boil at all times.
  2. Stir the pasta immediately after adding to the pot and often throughout cooking to prevent sticking.
  3. Overcooking can cause gumminess or result in the pasta breaking apart, so taste-test pasta 2 to 3 minutes before the minimum suggested cooking time.
  4. Drain in a colander ($8, Bed Bath & Beyond) and rinse, if desired. For best results, sauce the pasta and eat immediately.

Test Kitchen Tip: Gluten-free pasta varieties typically don’t hold well after cooking, so they aren’t the best choice for make-ahead pasta salads.

Making Homemade Gluten-Free Pasta

It’s totally possible to make gluten-free pasta from scratch. Use our gluten-free flour mix to substitute the flour in our homemade pasta recipe. All you’ll have to do is figure out which shape you want to make and how to enjoy them. Try using them to make some delicious gluten-free stroganoff or chicken noodle soup.

For ideas on how to use those boxes of gluten-free pasta, check out some of our favorite pasta dishes such as gluten-free baked ziti (with three cheeses!) or asparagus tuna noodle casserole.

Published: Jan 9, 2017 · Modified: Sep 3, 2020 by Sandi Gaertner · This post may contain affiliate links · 45 Comments

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How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Learn how to cook gluten free pasta so it is al dente every time! Avoid mushy pasta by following these simple tricks and you’ll see that learning how to eat gluten free doesn’t have to be difficult!

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How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

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Have you visited a restaurant and found that the staff went so far above and beyond to help you that it left you with a happy feeling inside? I am constantly amazed at how kind and helpful restaurant employees can be.

Being gluten free for medical reasons, I rely heavily on the restaurant staff to make sure our family doesn’t get sick when dining out. From the waitperson who helps us muddle through the menu trying to find out what items are safe to eat, to the chef who took a few minutes to leave his busy kitchen to answer my questions about cross-contamination.

My husband and I wanted to try to a new Italian restaurant, Sorrelle Italian Bistro in Campbell, CA, that opened up just a few minutes from our house. When I called to ask if they had any gluten free options, the owner told me they didn’t have gluten free pasta dishes.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

The owner then offered something wonderful. She told us that if we brought a bag of our own gluten free pasta, they would create something special for us.”

No restaurant has ever offered something like this and we were intrigued. We decided to give this new restaurant a try, so I packed a bag of gluten free pasta in my purse.

When our pasta dishes came out, I couldn’t believe how delicious the pasta was. It was firm. It is the first gluten free pasta I could say was really al dente! When I cooked gluten free spaghetti and pasta, I usually ended up with something a little mushy.

Over the years my kids have been brainwashed to accept “mushy” gluten free pasta. After a while, they forgot what real firm pasta was even like.”

The restaurant used the same brand of pasta that I use (obviously since I brought the bag!) and I couldn’t figure out what they could have done differently. I was so curious to know how they cooked the pasta.

When I complimented the owner, I begged for her secret. She told me exactly how to cook gluten free pasta to al dente.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

How to cook gluten free pasta:

I am so excited to share this simple pasta hack with you!! It has put gluten free pasta back on the menu in our home. Even better, this works for every type of gluten free pasta!! Try it with this Gluten Free Fettuccine Alfredo recipe!

The secret to firm pasta starts with an ice water bath. This halts the cooking process immediately so the pasta doesn’t continue to cook in the colander. Trust me, this works on all brands of gluten free pasta.

📋 Common Questions:

The secret to firm pasta starts with an ice water bath. This halts the cooking process immediately so the pasta doesn’t continue to cook in the colander.

If you drain your pasta in a colander, or drain it and leave it in the pot, the heat from the pasta continues cooking the pasta and you can end up with mush.

Gluten free pastas have different cook times because they are made with different ingredients. Some are made with rice, corn, legumes, and often a combination of ingredients. These all require different cook times.

There are several new kinds of pasta on the market that are made with legumes like garbanzo beans and lentils. These are naturally gluten free, but just to be sure, always read the labels. Try this fun Mexican Pasta Salad recipe that features lentil penne pasta.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Give pasta an ice bath:

To make an ice water bath, add ice and water to a medium-sized bowl. Add your pasta. This will halt the cooking process so your pasta doesn’t get mushy.

Now that you know how to cook gluten free pasta, you can use the method when you make your favorite gluten free pasta dishes!

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

12 Tips for Cooking Great Gluten Free Pasta

Gluten free pasta can be a staple carbohydrate in the low FODMAP diet. However low FODMAP pasta dishes become cooking disasters if the gluten free pasta turns into a soggy sticky mess! Follow my 12 tips for cooking great gluten free pasta:

  1. Choose your gluten free pasta. This means checking for sneaky FODMAPs. If soy flour is the predominant ingredient in your pasta then it is likely to be high FODMAP. Instead look for pasta made from corn, rice or quinoa and check for added high FODMAP ingredients. Not all pasta brands are made equal, this means you might need to try a couple of different brands before you find one you like.
  2. Measure your pasta. A serving size of dried pasta should be no more than 75g (2.65oz) uncooked per person (this should equal 1 cup of cooked pasta). Pasta generally doubles in weight and size as it cooks. Monash states that 145g (5.11oz) serve of cooked gluten free pasta, or 155g (5.46oz) quinoa pasta is low FODMAP, which equals about 1 cup of cooked pasta. Avoid large servings of gluten free pasta greater than 1 & ½ cups (220g or 7.78oz), as this serve can be high FODMAP depending on the pasta ingredients.
  3. Use a large pot with lots of water . When cooking four serves of pasta (300g or 10.58oz) you would need approximately 5 litres of water. The more water you use the less starchy and sticky your pasta will end up.
  4. Use salt! Gluten free pasta by itself is pretty boring, so adding salt can give it some much needed flavour. For 300g (10.58oz) of pasta you will need about 1 tablespoon of salt.
  5. Use boiling water. Bring your saucepan of salted water to a rolling boil. Make sure you cover the saucepan with a lid while it comes to the boil. Add your pasta. If the water comes off the rolling boil put the lid back on the saucepan until it boils, then remove the lid.
  6. Don’t add oil . It is a myth that you need to add oil to the water to stop the pasta sticking together. Save your oil and toss it through the pasta once cooked if desired.
  7. Stir the pasta . To stop the pasta sticking together you need to stir it. Start stirring as soon as you drop the pasta into the water, and continue for about 20 to 30 seconds, until the pasta doesn’t settle on the bottom of the saucepan. Then stir the pasta occasionally while it cooks.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Gluten Free Pasta Recipe

Have I got a treat for you! How about the easiest gluten free pasta recipe ever?

I know so many of you might be scared to make fresh homemade pasta, but guys… it is SOOO easy! For real. When you take out the rest time, the active time preparing this pasta is under 15 minutes.

The dough takes literally 1 minute to make in the food processor. Allow the dough to rest for 1 hour at room temperature. It will be much easier to work with after it rests. When the dough is complete it should look something like this.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Roll Dough Out Super Thin

After you allow the dough to rest for an hour (this is an important step with gluten free cooking), then you are ready to roll it out.

Be sure to roll it out as thin as you can. The thinner the better. Don’t worry, the dough won’t fall apart, it is very elastic! This is how thin you want it.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Cut Pasta Into Desired Shapes or Strips

Now on a floured surface, simple roll out the dough and with a pizza cutter and cut your pasta into your desired shape. I am not picky here, I just quickly cut out strips.

Again, don’t spend to much time on this, simply slice and go.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Boil For 4 Minutes In Salted Water

Next you boil a pot of heavily salted water. There is no salt in the pasta dough, so it is important to heavily salt your water. I added about 1 tablespoon of salt to the water.

Drop the pasta into the boiling water and cook for 4 minutes or until tender. Fresh pasta cooks a lot faster then dried pasta. Do not overcook the pasta!

Be careful not to put to much pasta into the pot. I did mine in 3 batches. Certainly you could use a larger pot and boil it all at once, I just prefer to do it in batches.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Drain and Add A Bit of Olive Oil

Remove pasta with a slotted spoon and drain well. I do not rinse pasta. The sauce will stick better to the pasta if you do not rinse the pasta.

Feel free to add a little olive oil or butter to prevent sticking. Place on a plate or platter. Notice how much the pasta swells up. This is normal, reminds me of a fettuccine pasta.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Serve Hot With Favorite Sauce

Now that wasn’t hard was it? Now top with your favorite sauce (mine in the picture is actually a roasted red pepper sauce) and serve immediately.

I promise you, you will wonder why you have waited so long to make this gluten free pasta recipe…it is that good! Enjoy!

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

The Easiest Gluten Free Pasta Recipe Ever!

  • Author: Halle Cottis
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1 x
  • Category: gluten-free, main
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: italian

Description

So many people get scared by the thought of making fresh pasta. It is so easy and I have the easiest gluten-free pasta recipe ever!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup Now Foods Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (I have tried other brands of all purpose glu ten free blends and this is hands down my favorite brand)!
  • 2 tbsp + more for dusting Now Foods Tapioca Flour
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum (this is needed to help hold the dough together)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (this makes the pasta, try not to leave this out)

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, add the all purpose flour and xanthan gum and pulse several times.
  2. Add in egg and egg yolks and pulse until combine. Mixture will be crumbly.
  3. Add in water and run food processor until sticky dough forms (about 10 seconds).
  4. Remove dough and place onto a floured surface (use the tapioca flour to flour the hard surface).
  5. Knead in 2 tbsp tapioca flour or until the dough forms into a ball and is no longer sticky.
  6. Allow the dough to rest at room temperature for an hour. Do not skip this step. The dough will be so much easier to work with.
  7. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface. If it sticks, simply add more tapioca flour to the top and bottom of the dough (or both sides) as you roll it out. Roll out to 1/8″ thick or until very thin.
  8. Cut the dough into desired strips or shapes and place into a heavily salted pot of boiling water.
  9. Cook for 4 minutes or until tender. Do not overcook. Fresh pasta takes a lot less time to cook then packaged pastas.
  10. Drain and toss with some olive oil. Toss with favorite sauce and serve immediately.

Notes

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Calories: 263.7 Fat: 5.7g Carbs: 45.6g Protein: 6.8g

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Yes, it’s TRUE! You can make amazing gluten-free pasta from scratch, and it’s not even hard! Below, check out our FAQs, then go forward and make the greatest GF pasta of all time.

What kind of gluten-free flour should I use?

Make sure you use a complete flour substitute. (That means that you can sub it in for normal flour in any given recipe without adjusting any of the ingredients.) Most flours like this are a blend of rice flour, tapioca flour, cornflour, and a few other ingredients, and have a completely neutral taste.

What does the xanthan gum do?

Xanthan gum plays a crucial role in this, and many other, gluten-free recipes. Made by mixing fermented sugars, it’s used as a stabilizer in many foods. In this case, it subs in for gluten, making your pasta dough flexible and elastic instead of dry and crumbly. It’s a must-have, and most grocery stores carry it!

Can I flavour my dough?

Absolutely! This dough would be delicious with a few cranks of black pepper, finely chopped herbs, or a 1/2 teaspoon or so of dried spices.

Do I need a pasta maker?

Not necessarily, depending on what type of shapes you want to make. Start by rolling out your dough as thin as possible before cutting it. You could always eyeball cutting it into strips for fettuccine-style, or keep the slices thick for lasagne! Any other shapes will likely be too tricky, but worth a shot.

How long will the pasta keep?

If it’s fresh, you’ll want to boil and eat it right away! If you need to wait a few hours, cover with cling film and refrigerate. Any longer than that and we’d suggest drying the pasta. To do this, simply leave the pasta uncovered on a baking tray in the warmest part of your kitchen. Overnight, the pasta will transform from fresh to dry! Keep it in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, and enjoy pasta whenever the craving strikes!

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

This Gluten-Free Instant Pot Spaghetti is so easy to make and the whole family will love – especially the kids – in about 45 minutes from start to finish.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

Looking for easy, healthy dinner ideas the whole family will love? Check out this Gluten-Free Instant Pot Spaghetti. It’s an instant hit with the kids. I usually make this on our busiest nights of the week – usually when the kids have after-school activities or homework.

But I also love this recipe when I need to feed a large crowd because it’s easy to scale up and double the recipe… you know when all the neighborhood kids end up at your house for dinner or when family comes to visit from out of town.

If you’re just getting started with the Instant Pot, check out my quick start guide Top 10 Instant Pot Tips and Tricks You Need to Know.

How to Make Gluten-Free Instant Pot Spaghetti

With this easy gluten-free Instant Pot spaghetti recipe, you’ll get 4-6 servings… or less if you have growing teenagers like me. But again just double the recipe to make more.

I love to make garlic bread too to accomplish this recipe. This gluten-free sandwich bread recipe works so well for that. Just put a layer of butter, garlic or garlic powder, a little salt, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and voila! Easy garlic bread. Make extra because the whole family will devour it.

Low-Carb + Paleo Option

Make a low-carb version of this recipe with spaghetti squash. Make the sauce in the Instant Pot per directions and just cut out the step cooking it with the spaghetti noodles. Add Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash for a quick, healthy, low-carb meal.

How to Cook Gluten Free Spaghetti

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