Like unpackaged toilet paper or plastic-free white vinegar, bulk gluten-free pasta may as well be a unicorn. Finding a zero-waste alternative wasn't easy. Zucchini noodles and cauliflower macaroni are fine for weeknight dinners, but unacceptable for guests. Vitelotte and pumpkin gnocchi impress everyone, but the prep is unduly punishing and tedious. There had to be a better way.
I've been meaning to write this awhile now, and inspired by Chiara's post, decided to finally do it (nearly a month later). Beware, this is an inexact science. To make vegan, Asian-style noodles suitable for Pad Thai and various other dishes, combine 1 c. rice flour, 1/6 c. corn flour, and 1/3 c. potato starch. Add water until you form a flexible, non-sticky ball of dough. Roll the dough flat on a large, lightly floured wood surface. Rest 15 minutes. Cut by hand in 1/5 inch strips. Boil 1-7 minutes until pasta rises to the top, or store and save.
To make all-purpose homemade fresh pasta for pesto or creamy sauces, use two parts corn flour to one part rice flour, omitting potato starch. Add 1 teaspoon agar or psyllium husk per one cup rice flour, plus herbs to taste. Combine, add water, roll flat, and dry as outlined above. For orecchiette, penne, etc., I followed the shaping directions here and here. Try organic, unwashed eggs instead of water; the resulting pasta tastes delicious with nothing but olive oil, black pepper, a little sea salt, and courgette fleurs.
There's something so gratifying about making pasta at home, by hand; no machines, no fancy gadgets, just me, some flour, and two cats tracking little white paw-prints all over clean floors. Real talk, my farfalle looked less than appealing (though it certainly tasted good). I've decided to stick with simple tagliatelle and fettuccine from now on. Noodles I make are a lot shorter than traditional gluten-containing versions- I can't seem to get them to stay in long, pretty ribbons like the wheat-based fresh pastas on Rue Montorgueil. If anybody has troubleshooting ideas, send them my way, s'il vous plaît.