I’ve had this noodle recipe in my file for months, waiting to make it, and I finally got around to it this week! Flours and grains need to be soaked to neutralize the phytic acid, but when you buy whole grain pasta at the store, it generally hasn’t been soaked or sprouted. That means that even though you think you’re buying something really good for you, your body isn’t able to absorb most of the additional nutrients. So the health benefit isn’t very substantial.
Until now, my solution has been to cut our consumption of store bought whole grain pasta so that having it is a rare occasion; I treat it as a semi-junk food. However, by making it myself I can soak the flour so that the phytic acid issue is no longer a concern. So these noodles really are good for you!
Homemade Buckwheat Noodles (gluten free)
- 2 c. buckwheat flour
- 1/2 – 2/3 c. water
- 1/2 T. raw apple cider vinegar (we use Bragg’s)
Mix the water and apple cider vinegar together, and then stir together with the flour. It’s going to seem like you don’t have enough water when you add a 1/2 cup; add some more a little bit at a time since you don’t want it to become too sticky to work with. You’ll need to work it with your hands for a few minutes until the moisture is all worked through the flour. Let this sit overnight (this step is the one that reduces the phytic acid, so don’t skip it.)
When you’re ready to roll it out, sprinkle some kind of flour (gluten free, if that’s a concern for you) on the work surface, then a little on top of the dough. Roll out the dough to be about 1/8″ thick. Using a sharp knife, cut the noodles into thin slices (you can be creative with shapes if you like). Then add them to a pot of salted boiling water and let cook for several minutes. How long you cook them will depend on the thickness of the dough and the size of your noodles. You’ll know they’re done when they are tender but still a little chewy.
You can substitute wheat flour if you want to make regular noodles. Experiment with different kinds of flour, using this same basic recipe, and see what kind of combinations you can come up with! Be sure to soak it overnight, though. It would be a shame to spend the time making these and not end up with the good nutrition that your time warrants. I’m planning to try dehydrating some next time we make them so I can make these in advance and then store them like store bought pasta.
I made four times this amount for our family for dinner, so I used about two pounds of buckwheat flour. Generally I buy buckwheat and grind it myself but I got some buckwheat flour at a super cheap price, less than buying it whole (I paid .99 for the 2 lb. box; generally I pay about 1.60 lb). This made a very abundant amount of noodles for dinner tonight, that we served together with a meat sauce (slight change in menu), carrot fries, lacto fermented green beans and ginger carrots.