Homemade Pasta Alfredo… there is hardly a dish that makes me happier after a long and stressful day. In this article I’ll show you how you can make an adaptation of this Italian comfort food yourself from scratch. And the best thing is its gluten- and lactose-free.
Why you will love this gluten free Pasta Alfredo recipe
We all probably know those days: You get up on the wrong side of the bed and numerous mishaps accompany you throughout the day. By midday you are already wishing for the evening to come and once the desired evening is finally there, you would just like to crawl into your bed and hide from the rest of the world. The last thing you want to do on days like this is to cook!
Believe me, I have been there, too. Countless times!
But what if I told you I had a recipe for you that is not only easy to prepare but makes the world look a little bit brighter?
My gluten free Pasta Alfredo is such a dish. It is prepared in no time with only very little effort on my part but with one of my favorite kitchen tools: my Philips Pasta Maker.
This is not a sponsored post, but I just love this pasta maker! It is super easy to use, it prepares fresh pasta within minutes and best of all – it works perfectly for gluten-free pasta. If you have to follow a gluten-free diet, you certainly know how expensive gluten-free pasta can be, if you can get it at all in the supermarket.
If you do not have a pasta maker, don’t worry, this recipe works well with a traditional pasta machine or the Kitchen Aid attachment, too.
Tips for making gluten-free Pasta Alfredo
These tips apply to the Philips Pasta Maker.
If you use a different pasta maker, please read the instructions of your appliance.
- I always use the Farine mix from Schaer for my pasta dough (my go-to company for gluten-free flour blends is the company Schaer. This is not a sponsored post. I do use Schaer-flour blends all the time in my kitchen).
- Eggs and oil should be well mixed before you add them to the flour.
- The Philips pasta maker kneads the dough in just three minutes and then dispenses the pasta completely automatically.
- If the first noodles from the pasta maker are still a bit crumbly, just put them back into the pasta machine.
- With the Philips Pasta Maker, the output of pasta is a little faster at the beginning and becomes a little slower when there is less dough in the machine.
- It is also normal that there is always a small amount of pasta dough left in the machine. I then take the dough out and roll it out and my kids have a lot of fun kneading the little scraps into funny shapes and then cooking them in the pasta water too.
These are my tips for the Alfredo sauce:
- Since the sauce is ready within a few minutes, I always start the sauce just before I put the pasta into the boiling water.
- I also always measure all the ingredients beforehand, this way I have everything at hand when I need it.
- Should the sauce get too thick, simply add a tablespoon of hot pasta water.
- My recipe is an adaption of the original pasta Alfredo sauce. In the Italian original recipe you will find neither cream cheese nor cream.
Tool you may need
- Philips Pasta Maker (alternatively you can use a traditional pasta machine or the Kitchen Aid attachment)
- 2 bowls
- large pot
Ingredients for the pasta (yields 4 servings plus leftovers for lunch the next day)
- 540g gluten-free flour blend (I always use the Farine mix from Schaer)
- 40g olive oil
- 6 large eggs
Ingredients for the Alfredo sauce
- 2 tbsp butter
- 125g lactose-free cream cheese
- 250 ml lactose-free heavy cream
- 250g freshly grated parmesan cheese (I always grate my cheese before I use it as the pre-grated cheese in supermarkets may be coated with a chemical substance)
- 2 cloves minced garlic (alternatively 2 tsp of garlic powder)
- salt and pepper to taste
How to make gluten free Pasta Alfredo
Prepare the pasta maker with the desired attachment.
Heat up a pot with plenty of water. Also add two teaspoons of salt. Since there is no salt in the pasta dough, the water must be well-salted.
Whisk the eggs and oil very well in a bowl.
Add the flour to the pasta maker and start the mixing program. Gradually add the egg and oil mixture to the flour.
Let the machine finish kneading. This takes 3 minutes with the Philips Pasta Maker.
After three minutes of kneading time, the pasta maker starts dispensing the pasta. Cut the pasta to the desired length with the appropriate scraper or a knife and place on a plate.
Measure all ingredients for the sauce and have them ready at hand as the sauce only take a couple of minutes.
Heat a skillet to medium heat and add the butter.
Once the butter is starting to melt, add the cream cheese, heavy cream and garlic to the skillet. Gently stir the ingredients until they are well-combined. Let the sauce bubble for 3-4 minutes and wait until it has reduced a little. Stir occasionally.
When the pot with water is boiling, add the pasta. Stir gently. The pasta will only take 4-5 minutes.
Now stir the parmesan into the sauce. Let it melt completely and then reduce the heat to low.
Then season with salt and pepper to taste.
Should the sauce get too thick, simply add a tablespoon of hot pasta water.
When the pasta is al dente, pour it into a colander. Arrange a desired amount of pasta on a plate and pour 2-3 tablespoons of the sauce over it.
In case you want to take this gluten free Pasta Alfredo recipe a little further
If you want to make this dish extra special, you can serve a hearty strawberry and arugula salad topped with Italian serrano ham alongside.
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