This fresh egg keto pasta (or fried gnocchi!) is surprisingly easy to whip up! And while different from the original, it yields killer al dente-like results to pair with your favorite Italian sauce.
Please note this recipe was first published on March 6th 2018, and has since been updated with more tips and tricks!
Grain Free & Keto Pasta
Ready For Your Favorite Italian Sauce!
Because pasta!! Undoubtedly one of the things peeps understandably miss the most when going keto. Because let’s face it, not much beats a bowl of pasta!
And while this low carb version is a different from the original (think fried pasta or gnocchi!), you’ll still be surprised by how wonderful it pairs with traditional Italian sauces! Ahem, homemade pesto being my favorite here (but marinara cannot be dismissed!!)!
My one important tip? Keep your pasta shapes small and thick (gnocchi, cavatelli, orecchiette and bows work great!), so you get that al-dente bite after frying it. Whipping up noodles unfortunately makes it more bread like (#tear!).
Plus, while it can take about an hour to put together (counting resting time and depending on the amount to shape), think of it as meal prepping supreme. The pasta can be cooked after briefly thawing it out, making it ideal for a quick weeknight meal!
I’m using our famous Crazy Keto Dough (for everything!) here… but without the baking powder. You have encountered the base dough already in our famous keto tortillas and subsequently in our keto ravioli.
Think almost the same ingredients: super fine almond flour (Anthony’s super fine is awesome) and coconut flour (again Anthony’s, best taste and texture by a mile!), a touch of xanthan gum and an egg. But slightly wetter, allowing for better rolling and cooking.
Fact is, the recipe for this keto pasta is very similar to the staple fresh egg Italian. Think roughly a cup of grain free flours per egg, and a little water as needed.
Otherwise, no substituting flours here and the xanthan gum is absolutely necessary. And, if possible, weigh your ingredients for consistent results.
This pasta dough is, perhaps surprisingly, very easy to shape (particularly with a little practice!). I timed myself and it took me 30 minutes to shape cavatelli and 20 for the orecchiete and farfalle. And maybe I’m into manual work, but I’ve always found making homemade pasta to be ultra relaxing.
As mentioned, however, that the shape of choice (for most pasta-like results) are the cavatelli. Both because the ridges help the sauce to stick better, and for the resulting texture and mouthfeel.
Though you’ll need to procure a (9 bucks!) cavatelli & gnocchi board. Cavatelli are very similar to gnocchi in shape (which you can make too!), though slightly thinner and with more of a bite.
Otherwise orecchiette and farfalle (i.e. butterflies or bows) are super easy to make, and yield wonderful results too.
And, as many of you know already, you can make killer ravioli with this dough. Check out the full ravioli recipe post for deets and tips!
The trick to even shaping? Divide the dough in four, roll into a log and slice off pieces (see picture below). This is a traditional Italian method to ensure even-sized pasta.
How To Cook This Keto Pasta
You’ll want to freeze the shaped pasta for 15 minutes prior to cooking. And yes, you can go ahead and freeze them too (think a couple months!), but thaw them out slightly before cooking.
You’ll also want to always cook these guys in a little olive oil or butter, never in water (they’ll just be mushy as keto flours cook very differently). But they’re absolutely killer lightly fried.
Though be sure to only cook this low carb and keto pasta until it just begins to get some color. I found this is the best way to get an al dente-like texture. Soft, but with a nice bite.
(Fresh Egg!) Dairy Free & Keto Pasta
Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cups for an instant conversion.
For the keto pasta dough
- 56 g grass-fed unsalted butter as needed
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic slivered, optional (but highly suggested!)
For the keto pasta dough
- Add almond flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum and salt to food processor. Pulse until thoroughly combined. Note: you can alternatively whisk everything in a large bowl and use a hand or stand mixer for the following steps.
- Pour in apple cider vinegar with the food processor running. Once it has distributed evenly, pour in the egg. Add water teaspoon by teaspoon, as needed, until the dough forms into a ball. The dough should be firm, yet sticky to touch and with no creases (which mean the dough is dry and you need to add a little more water).
- If no food processor is at hand, you can also do it by hand (it just takes a little more time and arm muscle!). Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Pour in vinegar and whisk until thoroughly distributed. Pour in egg while whisking vigorously and keep whisking until the dough becomes too stiff to whisk. Using your hands, knead the dough until thoroughly incorporated, adding a teaspoon of water at a time as needed (we use 2).
- Wrap dough in cling film and knead it through the plastic for a couple minutes. Think of it a bit like a stress ball. Allow dough to rest for 30 minutes (and up to 5 days) in the fridge.
- Farfalle (i.e. bows) and orecchiette are probably the quickest shapes to make. Though cavatelli might just be my favorite, but you'll need a board (see special equipment for details).
- For farfalle: roll out the pasta to its thinnest point using a tortilla press between parchment paper (our favorite) or a pasta machine. You can also use a rolling pin, but it'll take a little longer. Cut into roughly 2x1-inch rectangles. And if you're fuzzy about presentation, use a knife to cut lengthwise and a pastry cutter to cut widthwise.
- For orecchiette: cut dough into 4 pieces, roll out into even-sized logs and slice off even-sized pieces. This will ensure evenly-sized pasta. Using your thumb, press each piece against your opposite palm, creating an indentation. Lightly dust with coconut flour as needed. You can either leave them as they are or turn them out (see post for gif images).
- For cavatelli: cut dough into 4 pieces, roll out into even-sized logs and slice off even-sized pieces. This will ensure evenly-sized pasta. Lightly dust the board and pasta pieces with coconut flour. Place a piece on the board and using a knife press the dough towards you, angling the knife tip upwards as you press (see post for gif images), making the pasta curl into shape.
- Place shaped pasta in the freezer for 15 minutes (and up to a couple months).
- Heat up butter and oil in a skillet or pan over low heat. Once warm, add in garlic slivers. When the garlic begins to brown, add in chilled pasta and baste right away.
- Cook pasta until it just begins to get some color, we found this gave the most 'al dente' texture (soft but with a bite). Feel free to make a test with one piece.
- Serve right away with toppings of choice.