Pasta is a food that everyone loves, but most diets forbid it. As long as it is eaten in moderation, pasta is a nutritious food that can be made at home with wheat in order to be low in carbohydrates. Making your own pasta at home is a time-consuming process, but the delicious payoff of eating nutritional home made food is worth it.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- 3.5 cups unsifted whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1.5 cups unsifted gluten flour
- 5 eggs
- 7 tbsp water
- 3 tbsp oil
- Herbs and spices to taste
- Large mixing bowl
- Wooden board
- Dry cloth
- Rolling pin
Mix the salt, flour and pepper together in a large mixing bowl with a fork. Use your fist to create a crater in the middle of the flour mixture, to make it into a small bowl.
Crack the eggs into a separate mixing bowl. Beat them with a fork until mixed. Add the water and oil and mix together. Pour this mixture into the centre of the flour crater in the first bowl. Add herbs and spices if desired, such as oregano, basil and parsley.
Mix rapidly with a fork to thoroughly combine all of the ingredients. Once it becomes a dough consistency, take it out of the bowl as one solid piece. Place it on a floured wooden board, and knead with your fists and fingers for about 15 minutes to combine all the ingredients together.
Leave the lump of dough on the floured board, and cover with a dry cloth for about a half hour for it to set and rest.
Sprinkle flour onto the wooden board once more. Take the pasta and roll it out on the wooden board using the rolling pin. Do this in small sections, if necessary. Roll out the low-carb pasta dough until it is paper thin. Sprinkle flour on top of the paper-thin pasta dough. Let sit for 15 minutes on the wooden board.
Cut the pasta into shapes. Use a knife to cut the pasta into skinny strips for spaghetti or fettuccine, or cut it into squares to make ravioli. After cutting the pasta, place it on wax paper at least an inch apart from one another to store. Do this in layers of wax paper. Keep refrigerated until ready to put into water to boil.
Tips and warnings
- Mix the pastas with fresh vegetables such as spinach, peppers and mushrooms when cooking, and herbs to help create it as even more healthy and low carb.