Fresh gluten free pappardelle with sausage and tomato ragu

Serves 1

For the pappardelle:

    • 75g gluten free rice flour
    • 25g potato starch
    • 1 tablespoon corn flour
    • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
    • large pinch of salt
    • ½ tablespoon olive oil
    • 55g (approx) water
    • Extra gluten free flour for rolling

In a small mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients well. Make a well in the centre of the bowl, add 85g of water. Using a fork rapidly start to combine the water and dry ingredients. When the dough resembles breadcrumbs, squeeze a handful together to see if it holds. If it holds a soft play dough like consistency it’s ready for the next stage, if it is dry and difficult to combine, add a little more water. Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes. The texture of the dough should be the texture of a stress ball, and be dry enough that is doesn’t stick to itself too easily. Allow to rest for a few minutes before rolling.

Dust the surface generously with gluten free flour (keeping extra on the side)  and roll the dough as thin as possible (no more than 1mm ideally). Dust both sides with gluten free flour, then roll up the sheet. Place the sheet on a chopping board, and cut the dough into 2.5cm strips. When you are finished, unroll and separate the strips and dust with gluten free flour. Place the strips onto a tray and allow to dry for 15 to 20 minutes. 

For the sauce: 2x gluten free pork or vegetarian sausages (approx 140g)- skin removed, ½ a small shallot- peeled (approx 25g), 2x large vine tomatoes (approx 180g)- stalk removed and light cross on bottom, 1 clove of peeled garlic, ½ teaspoon fennel seeds, 20g olive oil. Salt and pepper.

Finely chop the shallot, and finely slice the garlic.

Bring a medium size saucepan of water to the boil (big enough so that water covers tomatoes) and place the prepared tomatoes in the water for 5 to 10 seconds (until you see the skin starting to loosen), than remove them and place in a bowl under running water for 30 seconds. Remove the tomatoes from the water and dry with kitchen paper. Remove the skins and slice into 1cm strips and then dice, reserving all the liquid.

Heat a medium size frying pan over a medium/high heat, and the add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the sausage. Try to break the sausage into smaller pieces. When lightly golden brown in colour add the fennel seeds, after around 15 seconds add the shallot and garlic. Cook until the garlic and shallot is lightly caramelised, then add the diced tomato, continue to cook for around 10 minutes or until the liquid is evaporated. Check the seasoning, adding salt and pepper if required.

To finish: 20g freshly grated parmesan or vegetarian parmesan

Cook the pasta in a large pan of salted boiling water for a couple of minutes, drain (reserve some of the cooking water), and add straight into the prepared sauce. Add a splash of the cooking water and a generous sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese, and toss to combine. Serve immediately.