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March 22, 2015


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che voglia di provarli... queste cose mi prendono alla grande! Bravissima!


ti son venuti bene, un procedimento particolare che mostra la tua esperienza in fatto di pasta, a me spaventa un po' rischierei di fare palline da golf *___* mi vien da pensare ...... e se usassi la farina di riso glutinoso?

Simona Carini

Grazie Marta :) Le ricette che ho consultato io non parlano di farina di riso glutinoso (sweet rice flour o glutinous rice flour). L'ho usata solo una volta per fare il mochi. So che se una ricetta richiede la farina di riso glutinoso non si puo' sostituire, pero' non so cosa succede nella situazione inversa. Provo a vedere se trovo qualche spiegazione utile.


sei la nostra tester - pasta *___*

Nadine San Antonio

Do you think this dough could be used to make Asian dumplings?

Connie Pappalardo

Sadly, my Sicilian-American upbringing did not include learning to make pasta in casa. A potato ricer? Okay! Sounds easy. I'm not afraid of dough.

Gata da Plar Mony

ME-RA-VI-GLIO-SA!!!!! Ti Adoro!!!!

La tappa del Vietnam me la sono persa per strada... ero convinta di avere ancora tutta questa settimana! :*((((

Un bacio grande!

Simona Carini

Spero di non generare un mostro, Marta ;)

Simona Carini

Hi Nadine. The only time I have made Asian dumplings I used a wheat flour based dough. I don't know how the dough I made would react to being rolled. However, now you made me curious and I will look around for a recipe to try. Let me know if you have a specific recipe you have seen that you'd like to try.

Simona Carini

My other made egg pasta every week, but I did not learn from her, for various reasons, so you are not alone. The good news is that you can learn, with a bit of patience. The recipe for cuzzetielle you saw on Live Like an Italian is a great beginner pasta, or one of the various types of strascinati (see my pasta collection page). Just make a small amount of dough and give yourself enough time to learn (which includes making mistakes).

Simona Carini

Grazie Monia: mi fai arrossire :)

Simona Carini

Grazie, Elena :)

Delaware Girl Eats

I am really curious to try this -- making rice noodles and experimenting with east meets west. I love the light nature of Vietnamese food so this should be a treat. Thanks Simona!

Simona Carini

Let me know if you try, Cathy. I am now tempted to move on to rice noodles.


I love how you have used a potato ricer. It's not traditional, but it looks great! There is are a few Chinese noodle shops here in my city and they stretch and pull the noodles by hand. It's fascinating to watch!

Simona Carini

Thank you, Genie. I would like to watch noodle making live! Maybe in San Francisco's Chinatown. Thank you for giving me the idea.

Anne MC

Hello Simona,
can the noodles be made without the tapioca starch ?
thanks for an inspiring blog.

Simona Carini

Hello Anne. Thank you for stopping by and for your question. The recipe I reference uses it and I have not experimented with an alternative. If you want to try, I recommend looking for something that behaves similarly and make a small batch, like I did. I am curious, though: is tapioca starch an ingredient you wish to avoid or one that you cannot find?

Anne MC

Hello Simona,
I should be able to find the tapioca flour here in the UK but I don't cook with it so did not want to buy a bag just for your recipe. I have already tried your recipe for handmade pasta and love doing the different shapes you are showing. Most important : my sons liked the pasta. Being of Franco-Vietnamese origin, I thought I would try your noodles. Thank you very much. Anne

Simona Carini

Hi Anne. I am thrilled to read that you enjoy making pasta by hand and that your sons love it. And I understand you wanted to try to make rice noodles, but without buying ingredients you don't otherwise use. I am lucky in that tapioca starch is sold in the bulk section of the grocery store where I most often shop, so I was able to buy only what I needed. The wikipedia page on rice noodles suggests that cornstarch is used alternatively with tapioca starch. I looked around the web for suggestions and found a number but the context is either sauce thickening or gluten-free baking, so I think experimenting is the way to go. Your question made me quite curious and I may do some myself. If so, I will certainly let you know the results.


Beautiful! I'm constantly in awe of your pasta making skills. Your noodle soup looks amazing as do the beans and noodles.

Simona Carini

Thank you, Lynne!

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