How To: Make Vegan Pasta From Scratch

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

vegan homemade pasta on plate


This lockdown has definitely got me baking and cooking a lot more than I have done in the past. Since taking up a plant based diet, my love for cooking has grown and grown and for the last few years I've really enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen. My main issue has always been time, and not having enough of it to spend trialling new recipes.

However, with lockdown upon us, me finding myself jobless and a whole lot more time suddenly on my hands, I've found I've had a lot more freedom to experiment with some of the recipes which I've wanted to try for a while.

One recipe which I've always wanted to try my hand at but have just never bothered with is making my own pasta from scratch. It looks like something which should be really difficult to do and I've always been stopped by the fact that I don't have any of the tools that make pasta-making more simple. Before I went vegan I was also put off by the sheer number of eggs that most pasta dough's seemed to require!

I did a little research and after watching some videos and reading some recipes, vegan pasta didn't actually seem that tough to make after all. In fact, it requires barely any ingredients and only a little bit of elbow grease!

So, one of my new accolades this lockdown is that I've become a vegan pasta making extraordinaire. I've simplified down some of the various recipes I followed and come up with what I think is the easiest method to make your own dairy-free pasta from scratch.

homemade egg-free pasta

Egg-Free Pasta Recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients

- 300ml all purpose flour
- 100ml water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp olive oil

Method

1. Put the flour in a large bowl and make a little well in the middle of the flour with your hand. Slowly pour the water into this well (it doesn't matter if a little spills out, but try to keep it contained if you can as it helps with the next step!).

2. Add the salt and oil to the well you've created too, and then use a fork to slowly combine the water with the flour. Start in the middle of the bowl and then work outwards to add more of the flour to the mix. Once the mix becomes thicker, use your hands to turn the dough into a ball. 

3. Once your dough is in a ball, flour your work surface and start kneading. You'll need to knead it for about 10 minutes, so get ready for an arm workout! You'll know it's done when you can poke your finger into the dough and it bounces back into shape.

4. After kneading, roll your dough back into a ball shape and leave it to sit for 30 minutes. I left mine under a slightly damp, clean cloth to help to keep the moisture in.

5. Split your ball of dough into two halves and set one half aside. Flour your work surface again and roll your dough out into a long and wide rectangle shape (it doesn't have to be perfect, it's really up to you depending on how you want your pasta shapes to look at the end of the process!). Keep rolling until your dough is thin enough to see the shadow of your fingers through. Repeat this process for the second half of the dough you set aside.

6. Lots of pasta recipes offer up different ways to cut your pasta into shape. For me, the easiest way to do it is to just take a knife while your dough is rolled out and score long lines down the dough to create thick spaghetti style slices. I do mine about 3cm in width, but this part is for you to experiment with! Homemade pasta in no way needs to look perfect and this is probably the simplest and quickest way to create your shapes if you don't have a pasta cutter.

7. Flour your hands and slowly pull up each strip of pasta, adding a little more flour to each piece as you do to stop the strands from sticking together.

8. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add a little salt to the water. Boil your pasta for 2-3 minutes.

9. Drain and serve with your favourite sauce. I topped mine with a tomato sauce and coriander, but any topping will work!


And that's it! Fresh pasta, made from scratch with barely any ingredients and no dairy! It definitely sounds more daunting than it is to make, but once you get the hang of it, it's so quick and easy and you'll realise that you can't really go wrong with it. Even if you make a small mistake at one step of the process, it's easy to salvage and you'll still end up with perfect homemade pasta.

I know it's much easier to follow a video than a written recipe sometimes, so if you'd prefer a visual guide to this recipe, take a look at my TikTok below!


♬ Vegan Pasta Recipe - laurenevie_

Happy pasta making!

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