Wild rice flour pasta dough is exactly what it sounds like: fresh pasta dough, made with wild rice flour. Not 100% wild rice flour, just 50%, since that’s about the most you can work into fresh pasta and still have it act like fresh pasta while you’re rolling it out, since wild rice flour lacks the gluten that gives pasta it’s bouncy, resilient quality.
One thing that doesn’t involve wild rice flour, and is worth mentioning here is the eggs in the recipe. There’s a couple different ways you could make the dough egg wise, or possibly even without egg (not recommended for beginners) but the best pasta, and the finest eating experience, will always come from a dough that uses 100% egg yolks. “7 egg yolks for less than a pound of pasta dough?!” You say? Yes, absolutely.
You’ll have some leftover egg whites, use them to make a white frittata, a pavlova(s) or, what I do when I’m not feeling creative: a white frittata with vegetables I serve to, or share with the dog. The point is, eggs are cheap, and pasta made with whole egg yolks used to be made for royalty for a reason. Each of those egg yolks has a job to do, and that job is making bouncy, tender, delicious noodles.
Other than the egg yolk P.S.A., the only other thing to mention is that absolutely, this dough tastes like wild rice, so it does change how you’ll use it a bit. Since the flavor is in the pasta here, you won’t be using the pasta as a vehicle for sauces like heavy tomato sauces and thick ones with cream. Well, you can, but you won’t taste the wild rice. The best way to serve pastas like this is with minimalist preparations. Here’s a few examples of how I’d serve it, you’ll notice a theme in that most of them are very lightly sauced, or rely on butter or oil.
Flavor Combos to Consider
- Butter sauces, like brown butter or melted butter
- Wilted greens and oil or butter
- Grease or sauces based on things like rendered bacon or other pork fat
- Anchovy or garlic and oil based sauces
- Thin, buttery sauces with white wine
- Meat roasting juices or drippings, but not gravies thickened with flour
- Flavor partners like mushrooms, wild greens like nettles, and or nuts
Wild Rice Pasta Dough
- Stand mixer
- Pasta roller
- 8 oz bread flour or all purpose flour
- 4 oz wild rice flour see note
- 7 egg yolks or use two eggs and a bit of water, at your peril
- Cold water as needed to bring the dough together
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- If using raw wild rice, grind the wild rice in a spice grinder or highspeed blender as fine as possible, then sift. Discard the sifted crumbles, add them to another dish, etc.
- Mix all of the ingredients in a mixer with the paddle attachment, adding a tablespoon or two of water to help the dough come together to the dough hook and knead for a minute or two.
- Wrap the dough in plastic and allow to rest for 15 minutes, then switch before rolling out.