Get your 3 ingredients ready for this super easy gluten-free pasta recipe. You don’t even need a pasta machine and your gluten-free noodles will be ready in just under 20 minutes. Once you’ve tried fresh pasta, you’ll never buy store-bought again!
This gluten-free noodles recipe is both gluten-free and nut-free.
Give our gluten-free spaghetti a try, or our pillow soft homemade gluten-free gnocchi -- it’s just as easy to make! If you're running short on time, get your favorite gluten-free pasta from the store and give these recipes a go for a great lunch or dinner idea: gluten-free macaroni and cheese or gluten-free pasta salad.
WHY MAKE THIS GLUTEN-FREE PASTA DOUGH RECIPE
- There’s no need for expensive equipment.
- It’s only 3 ingredients.
- So quick and easy to make…just 20 minutes.
- It tastes great.
- Just one bowl so there's minimal cleanup.
INGREDIENTS FOR GLUTEN-FREE PASTA
- All-purpose gluten-free flour- Use the gluten-free flour of your choice or our flour blend. I also like to use Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour or King Arthur Measure for Measure Flour.
- Xanthan gum - Xanthan gum is a sugar derived from corn. Some gluten-free flour has it added in already. So, check the ingredient label, and only if needed, add 2 teaspoons.
- Eggs - I like to use 3 large eggs. Egg sizes do vary so you may need to add 1 more.
HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN-FREE FRESH PASTA
- Mix the flour and xanthan gum (if required). Add in the eggs.
- Mix ingredients well using a fork. Once you’ve reached the desired consistency knead the dough for 2-3 minutes. This is to ensure there are no clumps of flour.
TIP: If it’s too sticky, add more flour; if it’s too dry, add an additional egg or a few teaspoons of water.
- Roll the dough into a ball.
- Cut the dough into quarters
- Roll each of the quarters out into a triangle shape and make it the length of spaghetti.
- Fold each triangle in half on the shorter end.
- Cut the dough into the desired thickness.
- Toss it in flour and shape it into nests. Cook immediately in your favorite pasta sauce or let it dry out to cook later.
These steps match the numbered photos below to give you a visual of how to make homemade gluten-free noodles. For the full list of ingredients and the recipe, please scroll or click the button at the top to jump to the full recipe.
PRO TIPS FOR MAKING GLUTEN-FREE HOMEMADE PASTA
- Xanthan gum is a powerful addition to your pasta dough. It makes the grain-free pasta flexible and elastic, so you have a chewy texture. It also prevents the pasta from being crumbly.
- Ensure you knead the dough enough, so you don’t have any flour clumps. You don’t need to knead it for too long.
- If your dough feels a bit sticky, add a bit of all-purpose gluten-free flour until you reach the desired texture.
- If your dough is too dry, add an additional egg or a few teaspoons of water.
- Try not to overcook your pasta as it will go mushy and fall apart.
EQUIPMENT TO MAKE HOMEMADE GLUTEN-FREE NOODLES
- Rolling pin - If you don’t have one, use a wine bottle.
- A sharp knife or pizza cutter - The key is a nice, serrated blade to cut through the grain-free pasta dough easily.
- Pasta machine (optional) - This is not required, but if you have one feel free to use it.
WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH GRAIN-FREE PASTA?
- A slice of Gluten Free Bread
SHOULD YOU RINSE GLUTEN-FREE PASTA BEFORE COOKING?
I don’t recommend rinsing it before cooking. If it’s a bit too sticky add gluten-free flour.
HOW DO YOU COOK GLUTEN-FREE NOODLES SO IT DOESN'T FALL APART?
Cook the fresh gluten-free pasta for 4-8 minutes in boiling water with a few pinches of salt.
To cook dried-out pasta, increase the time to 6-10 minutes.
Both times depend on how al-dente you want your pasta to be, so feel free to experiment. I would however not cook it any longer as it will get mushy and fall apart.
HOW CAN I MAKE GLUTEN-FREE PASTA TASTE BETTER?
The secret is salt! Salt is added to the boiling water which adds a flavor profile to the pasta.
You can also add herbs, black pepper, or some of your favorite dried spices into the dough for additional flavor or variety.
DOES GLUTEN-FREE PASTA TASTE THE SAME AS REGULAR PASTA?
It's a great alternative if you prefer or need to follow a gluten-free diet. Although it’s not 100% the same, we love it!
HOW LONG CAN COOKED GLUTEN-FREE PASTA STAY IN THE FRIDGE?
It can be stored for 3-5 days in your refrigerator. Let it cool after boiling and store it in an airtight container.
HOW DO YOU DRY THE PASTA?
Dry it overnight, preferably in a warm place on a cooling rack. Check if it’s dried the following day. If it’s still damp, let it dry for a few more hours. Check it again and only store it once it’s completely dry.
HOW DO YOU STORE HOMEMADE GLUTEN-FREE NOODLES?
Keep the pasta in an open container for the first few days. This prevents the pasta from getting moldy as it’s still damp. Once the pasta is completely dry you can keep it in an airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks.
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
- 2 teaspoons xanthan gum (only if your flour doesn't contain it)
- 3 large eggs
- In a large bowl mix the flour with the xanthan gum, if using.
- Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the eggs. Mix well using a fork until all the ingredients are combined and you have a slightly sticky pasta dough. If the dough feels too dry you can add one more egg or a couple of tablespoons of water until you reach the desired consistency. If the dough is too wet add a little bit more gluten-free flour.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface for 2-3 minutes until you get a smooth ball of dough. There’s no gluten to be formed so you don’t need to knead the dough for too long, but the kneading ensures that you break apart lumps of flour if any.
- Then cut the dough into quarters and roll it out one at a time with a rolling pin. Roll it out into a loose rectangular shape that should be as long as a piece of spaghetti.
- Then fold it up starting with one of the shorter ends and then slice the dough according to how thick you want your pasta to be. And once you unroll it you have your pasta strands. Toss the pasta in some flour and shape them into nests. You can let the pasta dry, or you can cook it straight away in boiling salted water for 4-8 minutes.
- Toss your pasta in your favorite gluten-free pasta sauce and serve.
- Check if your gluten-free flour contains xanthan gum. If not, then add the 2 teaspoons. The xanthan gum will give your pasta a nice chewy texture and prevent the pasta from being too crumbly.
- If you have a pasta machine simply roll out the dough and then pass it through the pasta machine. Toss the shaped pasta through some flour and shape it into a nest.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. They never cost you extra.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 4.7gSaturated Fat: 1.2gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 117mgCarbohydrates: 24.2gFiber: 4.9gSugar: 1.3gProtein: 7.9g
Did you make this homemade gluten-free pasta? Let us know how it went in the comments below.
Looking for another gluten-free Italian dish? Try this delicious cheesy gluten-free eggplant parmesan.