Edamame noodles have become extremely popular. This protein-packed, nutrient-dense noodle alternative gives those following Keto, Paleo, or Gluten-Free diets a pasta dish that tastes just as good as the real deal and is nutrient-packed. Learn how to make edamame pasta from scratch to enjoy a creative, delicious twist on an Italian classic!
Edamame Noodle Recipe
Makes 5-6 portions
- 4 cups gluten-free flour
- 4 teaspoons xanthan gum
- 2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup edamame beans, pureed
- 1-2 tablespoons of water
- In a large bowl, stir together gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, and salt until combined.
- On a clean kitchen surface or cutting board, mound the flour and make a well in the center.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and edamame puree until blended.
- Pour the mixture into the well.
- Using a fork, begin whisking the flour and edamame egg mixture together, working your way around the edge of your flour mound. Once the mixture starts coming together, begin incorporating the remaining flour using your hands.
- The resulting dough should be firm and slightly sticky, but not crumbly. If it’s crumbly, add in water one tablespoon at a time until the dough holds together.
- Quarter the dough, wrap it in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour before shaping into noodles.
- Shape or cut your noodles using a pasta machine or by hand. See our article on How to Make Homemade Pasta for additional noodle-shaping resources.
Health Benefits of Edamame
Edamame beans are immature soybeans. You’ve probably seen them served at Asian restaurants, lightly salted and presented still in their pods.
Edamame is an excellent source of protein that packs a nutrient density similar to tofu. Soybeans are one of the only plants that contain all the same amino acids as animal proteins. This makes it a great option for vegans or those looking to boost their protein quotient without the health concerns associated with fatty meat.
Protein, check. Fiber and antioxidants, double-check. Both of these nutritional benefits are packed into each tiny green bean. Dietary fiber is necessary for digestive health and slows the absorption of sugar into the body. Antioxidants fend off harmful free radicals that can cause long-term cell damage and health issues.
Take a look at some more tips to make the perfect edamame pasta:
When selecting your flour, look for brands that contain a blend of gluten-free starches. The best blends should contain rice flour, tapioca, and cornstarch. Any additional starches added to the blend, like almond or coconut flour, are also acceptable. These blends mimic that of wheat flour and work the best when making homemade noodles.
Xanthan gum may sound like a chemically altered laboratory compound, but it’s actually an all-natural stabilizer. It performs the work that gluten normally would in wheat-flour noodles by providing flexibility and elasticity. Xanthan gum is typically found in the health food section of your grocery store.
Cooking your Edamame Noodles
Edamame noodles cook a little bit differently than traditional flour-based noodles, and they require extra attention to keep them from breaking apart:
- If you’re cooking the noodles immediately, heat the water to just under boiling. A rapid boil may break up the noodles. Cook the fresh edamame pasta for 2-3 minutes or until tender, then drain and rinse.
- If you’re saving the noodles for later, you should air-dry them. After you’ve cut and shaped your noodles, drape them on a pasta rack and store in low-humidity overnight. You can keep them in airtight containers for up to 2 weeks. When ready for use, heat the water to just under boiling. Simmer the dried noodles for 4-5 minutes or until tender, then drain and rinse.
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The Perfect Pasta Sauces for your Edamame Noodles
No pasta dish is complete without pasta sauce! Take a look at the many options you can experiment with available at Tantillo Foods:
Pomodoro Pasta Sauce
Pomodoro is a flavorful sauce that can be used for many dishes. To create this sauce, Fresh Parma tomatoes are seasoned with flaky sea salt and slowly simmered with basil, garlic, onions, and olive oil. Pasta Pomodoro is perfect for a quick-fix meal or as a side dish for those traditional Sunday suppers!
Arrabiata Pasta Sauce
This zesty, spicy Arrabiata sauce is the perfect companion to any side or seafood-forward pasta dish. A peppery combination of hot chilies and cracked black pepper round out the slow-simmered tomatoes, and it’s further seasoned with a touch of fresh basil, garlic, and flaky sea salt.
Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
Tomato basil is one of the most adaptable pasta sauces, as it truly pairs perfectly with everything! Give it a try with your freshly-made pasta.
Vodka Pasta Sauce
Rich, flavorful vodka sauce provides a creamy mouthfeel that’s perfect for a rustic noodle dish. If you’re looking to create a hearty meal, this is the sauce you should go with!
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