Puttanesca Sauce
and Gluten Free Pasta

A puttanesca sauce is about as spicy and controversial as Mary Magdalene.  It's one of my favorites!

And learning how to make pasta to go along with your puttanesca recipe can involve wheat or more modern-day choices.

Wheat is still the most popular choice for making pasta at home because it holds together better than gluten free pasta.

Durham wheat is commonly used in pasta, but this type of wheat may be too difficult to work with at home for most people.

Also, a lot of people are switching over to gluten free pasta these days.  And there are many different gluten free pasta recipes you can learn to make at home.

However, you should learn the basics on how to make pasta and then venture into the world of gluten free pasta recipes.

How to Make Pasta - The Basics

A lot of people just use the "standard" all purpose flour to make pasta, but there are healthier choices.

Durham wheat is more commonly known as Durum and is one of the hardiest of all the wheat varieties. It's a different species than "whole wheat" and is derived from Emmer wheat.

Semolina is made from the endosperm of durum which gives both flours a distinctive yellow color. Basically, durum wheat flour is a whole grain and semolina flour is made from the kernel of durum wheat.

Durum has a high protein content as well as a high gluten content. This combination is what gives this particular wheat the right properties for making great pasta, but it will require more work than using standard wheat varieties.

It's probably best to use a combination of durum wheat with other soft and hard wheat varieties to make your homemade pasta recipes.

How to Make Pasta - without Machines

Most people have a food processor, but most do not own a pasta machine. 

However, it just takes a good recipe, a little muscle, and a good rolling pin to make a homemade pasta for your spicy puttanesca sauce.

Whole Wheat Pasta by hand

Basic Puttanesca Sauce

Puttanesca Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Good Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Cloves of Garlic (crushed)
  • 1 can of Good Quality Anchovies
  • 1 can of San Marzano Tomatoes or fresh Tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 oz. of Capers (rinsed of salt)
  • 1/2 cup of Kalamata or Other Ripe Black Olives (pitted & chopped)
  • Red Pepper Flakes (to taste)

Be sure to use anchovies and ripe olives to make a divine tasting puttanesca sauce.

Just be sure not to over heat your good quality olive oil - it is a very sensitive oil and will break down under too much heat.

How to Make Pasta - Gluten Free Pasta

This is great for those who just want to keep it simple and need an easy gluten free pasta recipe.  And this is a fresh gluten free pasta! 

You can make your own gluten free flour mix or just buy a trusted gluten free flour mix at your local grocery store to make this fresh gluten free pasta recipe.

Gluten Free Flour Choices

You will find many different options when it comes to gluten free flour to make a gluten free pasta.

These are just some of your choices:

  • White Rice Flour
  • Brown Rice Flour
  • Almond Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Tapioca Flour
  • Potato Flour
  • Legume Flours

More and more food establishments are also providing gluten free options, so be sure to ask for one when you are dining out.

You can even buy Paleo pasta these days - online - which is made from almond flour.

And hopefully it will soon be at your favorite health food store.

How to Make Pasta - Paleo Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of blanched Almond Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of Tapioca Flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. of Sea Salt
  • 2 whole Large Eggs + 4 Egg Yolks

Instructions:

Incorporate ingredients until  doughy texture is reached.

Then roll out on a dusted surface and cut with a sharp kitchen tool.

Cook in boiling water with a little oil added for a few minutes - be careful not to overcook!

Raw Puttanesca Sauce and Raw Pasta Recipe

Puttanesca Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 Vine-ripened Tomato
  • Small slice of Sweet Onion
  • 1/4 of a Red Bell Pepper
  • 10 Ripe Olives
  • Fresh Rosemary, Thyme, & Sage (a little of each)
  • 1 handful of soaked Walnuts (soaked at least 7 hours)
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh Lemon Juice
  • Dash of Extra-Virgin Organic Olive Oil
  • Dash of Paprika
  • Sea Salt & White Pepper (to taste)

Instructions:

Add ingredients to a blender and blend until a somewhat smooth texture is reached.

Pour blended sauce on top of your spiralized raw zucchini noodles.

You could even just slightly warm your raw zucchini pasta, if cold pasta just doesn't turn you on.

Thankfully, there are more of these spiralizers around - you will find something similar to this tool at major retail outlet stores these days.

It does make a big difference - if you want to create a gluten free pasta using zucchini.


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