Chestnut Pasta from Scratch

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Chestnut Pasta from Scratch is Italian homemade pasta with wheat flour and chestnut flour. Hearty, nutty, enriched with bitter cocoa powder, it makes an excellent pasta dough for savoury and sweet dishes.

Chestnut Pasta from Scratch is Italian homemade pasta with wheat flour and chestnut flour. Hearty, nutty, enriched with bitter cocoa powder, it makes an excellent pasta dough for savoury and sweet dishes.


 

My dear grandmother had a golden rule for pasta making: 13 tablespoons of wheat flour + 1 whole egg + pinch of salt. My family makes pasta based on this rule although we make some changes in types of flour we use. But the ratio remains the same.

Once you scroll down for details, you’ll see I combine wheat and chestnut flours. Bitter cocoa powder adds more deep, nutty and earthy flavours to the recipe.

Chestnut Pasta from Scratch is Italian homemade pasta with wheat flour and chestnut flour. Hearty, nutty, enriched with bitter cocoa powder, it makes an excellent pasta dough for savoury and sweet dishes.

This chestnut pasta is versatile: you may serve it with wild game or simply run through melted garlic butter and sprinkle with some roasted pine nuts and parmesan. Brown Sage Butter made by Valentina is also an excellent way to serve this pasta recipe.

If you prefer sweet version, you may top (not sprinkle ? ) your flat noodles (tagliatelle) with dark chocolate ganache and whipped cream.

Pasta machine is essential to make your batch of chestnut flour pasta recipe, although my grandmother used to roll the dough using rolling pin and cut tagliatelle using sharp knife.

 

Does chestnut flour contain gluten?

Chestnut flour is a versatile, gluten-free flour with a slightly sweet flavour that is popular in Tuscan cuisine and can be used as a replacement for wheat flour. It is high in carbohydrates but low in fat and can be used in both sweet and savoury baking.

For more about chestnut flour, look here .

 

 

The recipe we show today is not gluten free since there is only 1/5 of chestnut flour in this batch!

How long can you keep chestnut flour?

If you buy chestnut flour, properly dried, and have leftovers which is our case, it will last for about 2 months in a sealed container at room temperature. To increase the shelf life to 6-8 months, place the sealed container in the freezer.

For more chestnut recipes at our place, take a closer look at:

Chestnut and Pancetta Focaccia

Chestnut Flour Cookies

Castagnaccio

Roast Chestnut Pizza with Pine Nuts

Chestnut Truffles

 

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Chestnut Pasta from Scratch

Chestnut Pasta from Scratch is Italian homemade pasta with wheat flour and chestnut flour.Hearty, nutty, enriched with bitter cocoa powder, it makes an excellent pasta dough for savoury and sweet dishes.

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Chestnut Pasty from Scratch
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 17 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tbsp chestnut flour
  • 1 tsp bitter cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp water,  optional

Instructions

  1. On flat clean surface, form a pile of flours, salt, and cocoa.Spoon the middle so you can add eggs and oil. Knead for 15 minutes to get firm and smooth dough.

  2. Form a roll and cut to several pieces. If your dough is not smooth you may add 1 tablespoon of warm water to the dough and knead until easy to handle.

  3. Run each piece through your pastry machine set to 3. Fold it in half and send every patch through again.

  4. Then you run the flat dough through middle cutter to get tagliatelle. If cooking immediately, 1 ½ to 2 minutes in boiling water are enough.

  5. If you place them to floured surface to dry for a few days if making pasta in advance, they need to cook longer: once they float to the surface, let them boil for another minute.

 

 

 

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