This almond flour pasta is an amazing way to enjoy pasta while eating low carb, paleo, or gluten free. It’s delicious and can be shaped into almost any pasta you’re craving. It’s way more authentic than zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash–here’s everything you need to know about these keto pasta noodles!
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The difference between store-bought dried pasta and fresh, tender homemade pasta is a world of flavor, texture, and satisfaction. Here are more reasons to love this recipe:
- 3 simple ingredients
- Easy! I promise!
- Delicious, tender noodles
- Low carb, gluten free, and keto
Almond Flour Pasta Ingredients + Notes
You only need three ingredients to make this almond flour pasta, but for the perfect taste and texture, check out these notes, as not all products are created equally:
- Almond flour is both dense and high in fat–aiding the rich and chewy pasta taste and texture. Be sure to purchase a fine grained almond flour; it’ll integrate best with the other ingredients, otherwise, your keto pasta can get grainy.
- Xanthan gum – Since we’re using almond flour, there’s no natural source of gluten, so we’ll need to add a binding agent. Xanthan gum helps act as a connector for all the ingredients in your pasta, making sure your noodles stay in noodle form.
- Eggs – Eggs are an important component of any pasta dough. They bring needed richness while smoothing out the pasta, giving your finished noodles that signature color and taste.
- Mozzarella cheese is not needed, BUT, after testing this recipe 1,345,324 times, we found we def prefer the texture of this almond flour pasta recipe with a bit of cheese in there. Because to cook our pasta, we will lightly sear it in a pan. Now, when your dough has a bit of cheese in there, that means the edges of the cheese crisp up in your pan for an even better texture.
My goal with this recipe was a totally dairy-free option (for those of us who have SO much cheese with all our other meals), and this pasta works wonderfully without it! It’s truly delicious either way.
Tools To Make
While making your own pasta dough may seem daunting, I promise it’s accessible! Depending on the shape you’re going for, you’ll need a few additional tools here are the keto almond flour pasta basics:
- Large bowl – to combine the ingredients.
- Microwave (if using the cheese) – to melt the cheese. A double boiler will work as well.
- Plastic wrap – to wrap the dough.
Now, a few additional tools may be needed depending on the type of pasta you’d like to make:
How to Make Keto Pasta
After you’ve formed the almond flour pasta dough, you’ll want to work in batches, and keep the rest of the dough covered. This prevents it from drying out and becoming too hard to use.
You’ll also want to work with wet hands. I find it easiest to prep a bowl of water in front of your cutting board, so you can dip your fingers whenever necessary.
One of the easiest noodles to make. The roll, lengthen, curl process may take a bit of getting used to, but luckily, you can rework the dough so none of it goes to waste!
- Roll the dough into a long 1/3″ diameter rope.
- Cut the rope into 1/3″ square pieces.
- Take each piece of dough and roll it on your surface using your index and middle finger, pulling the dough towards you so it lengthens and forms a slight curl.
I LOVE these noodles! They’re also known as shell noodles and are specifically designed to hold more sauce!
- Same as above, however, instead of pressing your dough on a flat surface, you’ll want to do this on the back of the prongs of a fork (or gnocchi board if you have one!).
Small “ear-shaped” pasta. These are super easy to make and they scoop up loads of sauce (which is the best part!).
Traditionally these are made using steps 1-2 above, then taking the back of a butter knife and rolling each piece of dough until it curls into ear-shaped pieces. I prefer to (because it makes prettier shaped noodles):
- Pinch off a penny-sized piece of dough.
- Roll it between your hands to form a ball.
- Use your thumb to press into the center of the ball and flatten the dough into a round disk.
Who doesn’t LOVE bowtie pasta? For some reason, these noodles are more fun to eat. To make them:
- Roll your dough between 2 sheets of parchment until it’s 1/4″ thick.
- Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into rectangles that are about 1 1/2″ x 1″. (Traditionally, a pizza cutter is used in one direction, and a ravioli cutter is used in the other to give the pasta that decorative edge.)
- Pick up the dough and pinch each square in the center.
Another super easy one! This one is perfect if you’re craving penne — although it differs from penne in that you can see the seam of the rolled noodle.
- Repeat steps 1-2 above (only use a pizza cutter)
- Place a chopstick on one corner of the rectangle, and roll the dough.
- Once you get to the edge, remove the chopstick and pinch the tip so the pasta stays in place.
Storing, Freezing + Reheating
Once you’ve made your raw pasta dough and shaped it into noodles, you can absolutely store it and cook it just before you plan to eat it.
- To store: Pop raw noodles in an airtight container or a bag and store them in your fridge for a few days.
- To freeze: Spread your pasta in a single layer across a rimmed cookie sheet and place it in the freezer for an hour (this will prevent the noodles from sticking together). Then toss frozen pasta in a large resealable baggie, making sure to release as much air as possible before sealing.
- To reheat from frozen: Allow noodles to defrost, then cook in a pan as you would fresh noodles.
Use this keto pasta recipe as you would any traditional pasta–tossed in your favorite sauce and serve as a side to meat and veggies. Here are some of my favorites:
- Keto spaghetti sauce with keto meatballs, like these mozzarella stuffed meatballs
- Or, if you’re looking for more protein, try this keto bolognese
- Your favorite pesto recipe
- Keto alfredo sauce
Now, for the fun part! Let’s see what kind of changes we can make to this keto almond flour pasta recipe.
- Use This Dough to Make Gnocchi. It works BEAUTIFULLY. Keto gnocchi is another recipe I love to make in bulk and freeze, for nights when I’m craving pasta and feeling lazy.
- Use This Dough To Make Ravioli. I love making low-carb ravioli with this recipe and stuffing each pocket with my favorite ravioli fillings, like cheese or spinach. Similar to this recipe, you don’t want to boil the ravioli in water, rather pan sear it.
- This recipe can not be used to make spaghetti. Unfortunately, the dough is not strong enough to go through a pasta maker.
- This dough can’t be boiled like traditional pasta. The almond flour base with disintegrate when added to water.
- Cabbage Lasagna
- Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash
- Zucchini Ravioli
- Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- Spaghetti Squash Casserole
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To Cook Pasta:
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Make The Dough:
- (If using cheese!) Melt the cheese (2 Ounces) in a large, heat-safe bowl. This can be done in the microwave or in a double boiler.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
- Add dry ingredients to the melted cheese, along with eggs (2 large in size). Work quickly to stir everything together and form the dough into a ball.
- Cut the ball into four pieces.
- Place 3 of the four pieces in plastic wrap, and work on 1 piece at a time to shape the pasta. The dough should be easy to form and gummy.
Shape The Pasta:
- To form cavatelli, conchiglie or orecchiette:– Roll the dough into a long 1/3″ diameter rope.- Cut the rope into 1/3″ square pieces.– For CAVATELLI: Take each piece of dough and roll it on your surface using your index and middle finger, pulling the dough towards you so it lengthens and forms a slight curl.– For CONCHIGLIE: Take each piece of dough and roll it along the prongs of the back of a fork surface using your index and middle finger, pulling the dough towards you so it lengthens and forms a slight curl.– For ORCCHIETTE: Take each piece of dough and roll it on your surface using the back of a butter knife, pulling the dough towards you so it lengthens and forms a slight curl.
- To form farfalle and garganelli:– Roll your dough between 2 sheets of parchment until it’s 1/4″ thick.– Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into rectangles that are about 1 1/2″ x 1″.– For FARFALLE: Pick up the dough and pinch each square in the center.– For GARGANELLI: Place a chopstick on one corner of the rectangle, and roll the dough. Once you get to the edge, remove the chopstick and pinch the tip so the pasta stays in place.
Cook The Pasta:
- Heat olive oil (1 tablespoon) in a large pan over medium heat.
- Once shimmering, add the pasta and toss to coat in the oil.
- Cook until each side gets a bit of color. Cooking the pasta too long will make it hard and brittle.
- Cover in your favorite sauce and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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- Crumbly dough? The dough should be easy to work with and gummy. If not, there’s a chance the eggs may have been too small. If this is the case, add 1 teaspoon of oil at a time until it stays together.
- Almond Flour. Use a fine-grained almond flour for the best texture.
- Mozzarella. I like to add the mozzarella, as it crisps up along the edges when it cooks. That said, it isn’t necessary, the noodles will bind well without it.