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Gluten-Free Lemon-Poppy Seed Pasta with Tomato, Corn and Basil

After bread, my family has missed pasta the most since being diagnosed gluten intolerant. Considering all of the handmade pasta I’ve had in my lifetime, I never could have imagined eating gluten-free pasta that tastes better than my Italian grandmother’s—until now.

“Growing up in an Italian family with pasta being the center of every dinner is a hard habit to break.”

After cutting the rolled-out dough, I pile up the fresh pasta and freeze it to avoid clumping.

What I love about homemade pasta is the versatility. You can make deliciously simple egg pasta or you can mix in chopped herbs or spinach, citrus zest, spices, purees (like pumpkin, sweet potato, potato)—really anything you can dream up. But, really, what I love most, is making something from scratch with my kids. I like them to know that they can make whatever they want with the most basic of ingredients.

“I want my kids to know that they don’t have to go to the supermarket to put together a good plate of pasta.”

Chiara rolls out the gluten-free pasta dough by hand before cranking it through the pasta machine.

It’s the relationship between food and family. It’s holding onto the recipes and techniques passed down from generation to generation. It’s having the smells fill my kitchen that once filled my mom’s kitchen and my grandmother’s kitchen before hers.

My friends and I are playing with ratios again as part of the Gluten-Free Ratio Rally. What’s the Gluten-Free Ratio Rally? We’re a group of food bloggers and cookbook authors committed to baking with ratios. This month’s assignment: pasta. Thanks Jenn from Jenn Cuisine, for being our host! Please check Jenn’s site (or below) for the complete list of bloggers with links to their pasta recipes.

Want this dish dairy-free? Just leave out the feta cheese. Believe me, this pasta is so rich and creamy, you won’t miss it!

Me and my ratio: After playing around in the kitchen with various ratios, this one made me (and my family) the happiest. Feel free to have fun with the ratios. It will depend ever so slightly on the ratio of grains and starches in your gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. Also, just in case, I’ve included cup and spoon measurements if that’s what you’re more comfortable with.

3 PARTS FLOUR: (350 g) 2½ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
2 PARTS EGGS: (225 g) 4 large eggs

There’s no waiting to cook the pasta for Chiara, who started eating the dough right away.

The frozen pasta dough before it goes in the boiling water. I like to place the just-cut pasta strands on a parchment-lined baking sheet to avoid clumping and sticking—especially on a hot, humid summer day!

Using tongs, I drain the pasta right into the sauce, bringing with it some of the starchy pasta cooking water, which thickens the sauce.

Brooke from B & the Boy! made Ravioli w/strawberry filling and chocolate berry sauce
Caneel from Mama Me Gluten Free made Multi-grain fettuccine
Charissa from Zest Bakery made Linguini with smoked salmon and creamy vodka sauce
Erin from The Sensitive Epicure made Ravioli w/ shrimp, spinach, mushrooms, & cheese filling in browned butter
Gretchen from Kumquat made Vegetable lasagna
Jenn from Jenn Cuisine made Tagliatelle with smoked salmon, peas and parmesan
Lisa from Gluten Free Canteen made Lokshen kugel
Karen from Cooking Gluten Free made Homemade gluten free pasta
Mary Fran from Frannycakes made Pasta with pink vodka sauce
Meaghan from The Wicked Good Vegan made Vegan gluten-free homemade pasta, in creamy artichoke tagliatelle
Meg from Gluten-Free Boulangerie made Fettuccine with sun-dried tomatoes
Pete and Kelli from No Gluten, No Problem made Tortellini
Rachel from The Crispy Cook made Smoked paprika noodles with garlic scapes and herbs
Shauna of Gluten Free Girl made Gluten free fresh pasta
Silvana from Silvana’s Kitchen made Lemon-poppy pasta with tomato, corn and basil
Tara from A Baking Life made Fazzoletti with wild mushrooms and spring onions
TR from No One Likes Crumbley Cookies made Tomato basil pork raviolis

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For the pasta:
2½ cups Silvana’s Kitchen Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour (page 15)
½ teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
Zest of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon poppy seeds

For the sauce:
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 pints cherry tomatoes
¼ cup pine nuts (optional)
2 ears corn, shucked and kernels cut off
Zest of 1 lemon
½ cup fresh basil, torn
Greek feta, thinly sliced (optional)

1. For the pasta: In a standing mixer, blend together the flour blend and salt. Mix in the eggs, 1 at a time, until the dough starts to come together. Mix in the olive oil and water; mix until dough just forms a ball. Use the palms of your hands to knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Cut the dough into 4 pieces and cover with plastic wrap; let rest for 30 minutes.
2. Adjust a pasta machine to the first and widest setting. Lightly flour 1 piece of the dough to prevent it from sticking to the rollers and flatten it to about a ½-inch thickness using a rolling pin or your hands. Run the dough through the rollers. Fold the dough in thirds and pass it through the same setting again. Repeat this process 2 more times. Run the pasta through the next 3 narrower settings.
3. Using the pasta cutter attachment, a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the pasta dough lengthwise into fettuccine. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until ready to use. Repeat the process with the remaining pasta dough.
4. For the sauce: Set a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until hot, but not smoking. Add the tomatoes and let soften, about 5 minutes. Add the pine nuts, if using, and corn; cook until the tomatoes just burst. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
5. Meanwhile, add the pasta to the boiling water and let cook until the pasta rises to the surface, about 3 minutes. Using tongs, drain the pasta with some cooking water and add to the sauce in the saucepan. Add the lemon zest and basil; toss. Top with feta, if using.

20 Comments: Gluten-Free Lemon-Poppy Seed Pasta with Tomato, Corn and Basil

Karen Robertson Said:

I remember those days with the kids in the kitchen and look forward to when mine come back again. You are creating some important memories for them.
love your tip about bringing the pasta into the sauce with some of the cooking water–and the cast iron skillet, a great kitchen workhorse.

Janis Said:

Don’t think I’ll try pasta from scratch, but the sauce sounds great. I am definitely going to try it…soon! I think I have all the ingredients at home right now!

Caneel Said:

This pasta is beautiful! I love the lemon and poppy seed idea with that combination of toppings. Oh. Yum!

Ricki Said:

This is so awesome, Silvana! I’ve never made homemade pasta, gf or not–but now I want to try. And I love the idea of lemon/poppy pasta!

charissa (zest bakery) Said:

The title of your pasta dish really grabbed me, and the photos did it justice. One of the first things I ever made successfully was a lemon poppy seed loaf. I really do love all things with that flavor combination including this recipe. I think it is going to the top of my list to try. Thanks for sharing!

Jenn Said:

This pasta looks gorgeous!!! and I love the bright fresh flavors that you incorporated and all of the step by step photos :)

Erin Swing Said:

Your creativity in the kitchen is absolutely amazing! This dish sounds so light and fresh for the summer. Your daughter is too cute! Baci to her, & to you!

Jean Layton Said:

When I used to make gluten full pasta, a scoop of the starchy water was a common addition, but I hadn’t thought of just grabbing the pasta and dropping it in, Brilliant!
Anything that simplifies life is a godsend.
Thanks for mentioning adding the herbs while making the pasta, I’ve got to do that.

Tara Said:

I love how bright and summery your recipe is. And the idea of adding lemon zest to the pasta dough is brilliant! But mostly, I love that you included your daughter in the making of it, and know how important these lessons and memories are for our children!

Nina Said:

This looks delicious, but I’m just a bit confused by the photo that says the pasta dough is frozen?? I can’t see anything in the recipe about freezing…

Silvana Said:

Hi Nina, you’re right, I’ll fix that in the recipe now. Because it was humid and hot in my kitchen, as I cut each pasta sheet into fettuccine, I placed the loose pasta strands on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put it in the freezer so the pasta wouldn’t stick together!

Angie Halten Said:

Homemade pasta is a lot of work, but its SO worth it. Your sauce is so simple, yet incredibly flavourful!

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