GF Pasta with Lemony Spinach & Parm
THROWING THE F WORDS: FIBER, FACILE AND FLAVOR
Gluten Free pasta, made at home by me? Say what, say what?! I never dreamed that day would ever come. Ever.
Of course, I’m not mentioning this as a part of any paid advertisement for Philips Smart Pasta Maker, which is made exclusively for Williams-Sonoma (therefore you can find it there, naturally.) But if it is, wouldn’t that be great? 😀
Eric got this wonderful machine for me at Christmas and I’ve been making a lot of pasta, including gluten free ones. Yay! I do love the taste of fresh pasta, but I’m not into its production process. Therefore for a long time, I resisted to get any kind of pasta maker: the hand-crank one, the commercial type, the electric kind, or even a pasta attachment to some mixer. I always wanted to have a fool-proof, easy-does-it pasta machine. Minimal effort, my friend. Minimal effort.
This machine surely enables me to enjoy the different shape of pastas without having to spend too much time in the kitchen. Totally easy to use – however a little tricky in terms of gluten free I must say, since I have to give the machine some ‘assistance’ and ‘encouragement’ sometimes – but the end product is out-of-this-world! We’re hooked. So, if you’re considering getting it, do it. It won’t disappoint.
But of course you guys, you can use any regular pasta for this recipe. It’s totally a cinch to make, even on weeknights. The bonus is, it’s super healthy. It’s New Year’s resolution safe, fitbit™ people! 😉 So, let’s get excited… You won’t have to run around your neighborhood to burn the calories. Or hit the gym and sulk because you just ate a ton of junk over the holidays (or worse, over dinner.) Let’s settle into 2016 by being gentle to ourselves. We don’t need the mean, unforgiving, guilt-ridden-self. Ditch it! Say adios.
I think for every time we put food in our mouth, we should be thankful. Whatever it is: the great, the good, the naughty and even the bad stuff. Friends, we’re GIVEN the opportunity to have, even as crazy as it sounds, to enjoy it. So, I’m hoping we can take care of our soul as much as our ‘shell.’
Well, this pasta concoction will make your shell and soul smile. It’s worth trying. Happy cooking guys!
- For Pasta:
- 17 oz. gluten free flour (I used Cup4Cup)
- 1-1/4 teaspoons xanthan gum
- 4 oz. water
- 4 eggs
- For Spinach Mixture:
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon red crushed pepper flakes
- 9 oz. fresh baby spinach, washed and dried
- 8 oz. cherry tomatoes, halves
- grated lemon zest from 1 lemon
- 11/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiana-Reggiano, divided
- flaky sea salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Using Philips Smart Pasta Maker, make your GF pasta, otherwise skip these first 3 steps:
- Use the bucatini (or thick spaghetti) shaping disc. Add flour, xanthan gum, water and eggs to the machine. See Philips Smart Pasta Maker instructions for further information. Once the pasta starts to be extruded, cut into about 9” strands.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 3 minutes
- Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid.
- Make your spinach mixture:
- Add olive oil into a large heavy skillet, over medium-high heat. Add garlic, pepper flakes and cook until fragrant but be careful not to burn. Add spinach, tomatoes, and lemon zest. Cook until spinach wilts, about 1 minute.
- Add 1 cup of cheese, and cooking liquid and cooked pasta. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, if necessary. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.