Saluto! October 25 is National Pasta Day. From macaroni and cheese to luscious lobster ravioli, pasta is a staple of our national diet. Unfortunately it contains two elements that many are trying to eliminate from their diets: simple carbs and gluten. However, things may be looking up on the carb front. A recent study found evidence that cooking, cooling and then reheating pasta converts it to a less-fattening and more energizing complex carbohydrate. We are eagerly awaiting confirmation!
As for the gluten-free faction, there are more and more options every day. As The NYTimes reports, “More than a quarter of Americans say they are cutting down on gluten or eliminating it entirely. Optimistic researchers predict the market for gluten-free products will hit $15.6 million by 2016.” And that includes pasta! Mark Ladner, Executive Chef of Manhattan’s Del Posto Restaurant has just launched Pasta Flyer, serving gluten-free pasta on the go. As the Pasta Flyer pop-up food truck tours college campuses, we’ve got 15 scrumptious gluten-free pasta recipes for you to make tonight.
1. Jamie Oliver’s Gluten-Free Pasta Dough
Leave it to Jamie Oliver to come up with the best gluten-free pasta recipe. Rice flour, corn flour and potato starch replace traditional flour in this basic dough. Once you’ve mastered the dough, the rest is sauce!