Sunday, November 2, 2008

Perfect Fresh Whole Wheat Pasta

With a little experimentation I came up with a much better fresh whole pasta than my first attempt.


INGREDIENTS
- 1 cup semolina flour
- 1 cup all purpose whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp vital wheat gluten flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp ground flax seed
- 7-8 tbsp water

METHOD
1. Whisk together flours and salt. Whisk flax into 7 tbsp of the water until it begins to thicken.
2. Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour the flax mixture into it. Mix wet into the dry and bring together into a dough. Add more water, if needed. The dough will be tough but you should be able to knead it without any pieces falling off.
3. Wrap in a slightly damp towel and let sit for 20 mins. Roll and cut with a pasta machine.

UPDATE:
I made this recipe again, and this time I sifted the whole wheat flour, then ground the leftover bran and germ in my coffee grinder (which I use to grind flax seeds, etc.) and added it to the dough. It worked very well and made for a smoother dough.

8 comments:

miss v said...

i'll have to try your recipe... i've had a hard time getting mine to come out well. looks good!

Kelly said...

I love that you are always working on perfecting your recipes. This pasta recipe sounds delicious and as soon as I have some semolina on hand I will have to try it.

Nisi said...

Thanks for experimenting! I've been meaning to try to make pasta too, but I'm too lazy. I'm amazed by your discipline, actually!

Anyway - I wanted to know if you think using a bread machine would be good to knead the dough. I'm short on space in my kitchen and haven't gotten my dad to make me a pasta board like my mom's to put on the table.

When I was little my mother would enlist me and my sister to guard the flour barrier when she would make pasta (with eggs). If the wall was breached she would fortify it with more flour. It was more fun than it sounds!

And on an unrelated note... my house was egged! I think that maybe they were trying to scare my cat, who likes to sit on the window sill. I feel extra slighted, but I guess egg replacer doesn't make as much of a mess!

Bex said...

my husband just picked up a stand mixer for me for my birthday, now I just gotta get my hands on some pasta attachments, this is way too fun.

VeganLinda said...

You are my hero! I will try this recipe very soon. Thanks!

Vegan Dad said...

nisi,

I'm not sure a bread machine could handle this dough--my stand mixer can;t even do it. You need Popeye-esque forearms to get the dough together.

Anonymous said...

I was just diagnosed with diabetes (surprise!). This recipe addressed an urgent need... THANK YOU!!

Susanne said...

I've had this recipe in my cookbook for a while now but I kept forgetting to get semolina.

Few years ago when I was still lacto-ovo vegetarian I got a bit spoiled on homemade egg noodles. I became vegan because of sudden new allergies and was afraid that I would never have good homemade noodles again. I was actually a bit leery about the semolina flour because the pre-made semolina noodles I just find taste gross anymore.

My husband and I just love these! He's diabetic and I was so glad to find a whole wheat noodle recipe that we both like because any others I've eaten had a very gross texture. I can easily say that these taste even better than homemade egg noodles!

I usually divide the dough into four balls and roll out each of them by hand because I like my noodles really thin. For a while I couldn't figure out what the funny sound was until I realized it was the flax seeds cracking! :D I can roll out half of the dough in the amount of time it takes for a pan of water to boil (after the dough sets for 20 min.) so not too long, but it would be faster with a machine.

Thank you for a wonderful and easy recipe!