Pasta

The Best Gluten-Free Pasta Recipe, According to a Chef

Chef Ashley Eddie of New York City restaurant, Santina, has perfected this formula.

May 28, 2019

If there's one thing I could eat for the rest of my life, it would probably be a simple bowl of pappardelle pasta tossed in butter, pepper, and a little bit of the starchy-salty water it's been cooking in (plus a small mountain of Parmigiano Reggiano). You see, I eat pasta at least two or three times a week, every which way: spaghetti á la Marcella Hazan, gnocchi in a lemony kale pesto, fettuccine with this creamy mushroom situation, and so many more.

It is my favorite food. I love it, and it loves me. One could even say I am a pasta-ficionado.

Which means I am very discerning when it comes to the stuff, especially fresh pasta. I've always been a fan of the classic version with just flour and eggs, and frankly, a little skeptical of any variations on that formula.

So when I discovered that the entire menu—including the fresh pastas—at New York City restaurant, Santina, was entirely gluten-free, I was surprised to find that I could hardly taste the difference. In fact, between the handful of pastas I ordered, I couldn't taste the difference at all.

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“I just want to be sure as 17 yolks is a whole lot (not that I know anything about pasta making). Thanks!”
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What was the secret to these delicate, toothsome noodles? I talked to Santina's executive chef, Ashley Eddie (who started as a line cook at the restaurant in 2015 before working her way up to the kitchen's top spot in 2018) to find out.

The gluten-free rigatoni with sweet pea pesto and almonds at Santina in N.Y.C. Photo by Courtesy of Santina

Eddie's most important tip: When it comes to gluten-free anything, practice makes perfect. "Our house-made recipes are practiced and perfected over time and are some of our biggest sellers." Which is to say, this pasta recipe took more than a few tries to nail down. Her other key piece of advice: "Have patience. Making pasta is a delicate process in general and even more so if it's gluten-free."

Keep these in mind the next time you try making her gluten-free fresh pasta recipe, which she's shared below, and if you happen to swing by Santina the next time you're in N.Y.C.'s Meatpacking District, take my recommendation: Order the spicy lobster fettuccine; it's my favorite.


Ashley Eddie's Gluten-Free Pasta Recipe

Ingredients

  • 62.5 grams tapioca starch
  • 125 grams rice flour
  • 62.5 grams glutinous rice flour
  • 300 grams egg yolks

Directions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the tapioca starch, rice flour, and glutinous rice flour until well combined.
  2. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the egg yolks. Using a fork, whisk together the egg yolks until just combined and slowly mix the flour into the egg until a dough forms.
  3. Cut the dough into four equal-size pieces. Dust the counter with rice flour and, working with one piece of dough at a time, knead for a few minutes until smooth. When you're not kneading the other pieces of dough, wrap them in cling film to prevent them from drying out.
  4. Roll out the dough using a pasta roller or rolling pin as soon as possible (you can also use the rice flour for dusting here too), as the dough should not sit for long.
  5. Note: This recipe works best on shaped stuffed pasta, like tortellini, or wide flat pasta, like pappardelle; it's delicate, so it won't hold a spaghetti shape very well. Once the pasta has been rolled out and cut into your desired shape, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes (taste test a noodle or two as the pasta cooks to make sure it's just how you like it).

This recipe has been scaled down from restaurant proportions; feel free to scale it down further at home.

What's your all-time favorite pasta recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

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Kim June 2, 2019
Any idea how many servings this would make?
 
Robbie L. May 31, 2019
Any chance this could be dried and then stored for future use?
 
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Erin A. June 2, 2019
Hi Robbie! This recipe is best when it's made fresh.
 
Carol June 2, 2019
Any chance ?
 
Robbie L. June 2, 2019
Thank you, Erin!
 
Erin D. May 28, 2019
Hello!

Is 300 grams egg yolks really correct? I just want to be sure as 17 yolks is a whole lot (not that I know anything about pasta making).

Thanks!
 
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Erin A. May 28, 2019
Hi Erin! Yes it is :) We've already scaled it down from the restaurant proportion a bit, but feel free to scale it down even more since 16 or 17 yolks is quite a lot!
 
Erin D. May 28, 2019
Thanks for the quick reply! I was kind of hoping that the last ingredient hadn't been scaled down properly. ;) So many yolks but I'm sure it's worth it!
 
Bcpj May 29, 2019
Can you convert this to a family size meal using standard measures found in most kitchens? As is, it’s kinda useless.
 
Becky June 2, 2019
Having a kitchen scale is really a must, but here's a quick conversion: 62.5 g = 2.2 oz, 125 g = 4.4 oz, 300 g = 10.5 oz As written, this recipe should make a little over a pound (19.3 oz) of pasta. Perfect for a family meal. There are metric conversion sites on the web, but a scale is your best bet.