Trofie are a thin, twisted pasta shape popular in Liguria, Italy. They are formed by rolling small pieces of dough on a flat surface, or between the palms of your hands. Twisting into the final shape can be done using a wooden skewer, or a bench knife.
To make the Trofie Pasta, it was important that the dough be smooth and supple, easy to roll and shape. A tall order for gluten free! I created this gluten free Trofie with the Artisan Flour Blend from Better Batter.
The pasta was delicious! The color and texture of the dough are reminiscent of whole wheat pasta. Look closely and you can see flecks of grain in the dough.
The ingredients for this recipe will make a small batch, more than enough for 2 people. We had it for dinner and there were leftovers. You can double or triple the recipe for a large family.
- 120 g. Better Batter Artisan Flour Blend gluten free flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp. egg whites
- 1-1/2 tsp. olive oil
- 2 tbsp. warm water
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Whisk together the flour and the salt. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk thoroughly. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix with the paddle attachment on low until the dough comes together.
Increase the speed and mix for 6-8 minutes until a smooth dough forms.
Press the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and rest for 1 hour.
Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Work with one section at a time, and keep the rest covered to prevent it from drying out.
On a floured cutting board, roll each section of dough into a long rope 1/2″ thick. Cut the rope into 1/2″ pieces. Be sure to keep the pieces small and uniform, so they will all cook at the same time.
Roll each piece between the palms of your hands into a long thin shape, tapering the ends. Flour your hands as needed to keep the dough from sticking.
As you form each piece, slide it off the skewer onto a baking sheet lined with floured wax paper. Can you believe that little ball of dough made all this pasta?
Don’t overcrowd the tray and try to space out the pasta so it doesn’t stick together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to cook.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the pasta, stir and cover until the water returns to a boil. Fresh pasta cooks quickly. When it floats to the top it’s done, about 3 minutes for al dente. Don’t overcook it!
To help the pasta keep its spiral shape, use a spider strainer (instead of a colander) to gently remove it from the pot and transfer to a serving bowl. Doesn’t that look wonderful?
Top with your favorite sauce and finish with grated cheese and parsley.
The twisted shape holds onto sauce beautifully. Leftovers the next day had excellent texture when reheated in the microwave. I had so much fun making these!
Notes ♪♫ If you are missing whole wheat pasta on the gluten free diet (I know I was) the taste and texture of this pasta will make you smile. Always follow food safety guidelines for fresh pasta made with eggs, if you are not going to cook the pasta immediately it should be refrigerated!
Originally posted 05/2019 Updated 03/2022