Gluten-Free Homemade Orecchiette with Rice Semolina

Rice semolina is used to make a gluten-free version of the famous 'little ear' pasta that comes from the Puglia region of Italy. No eggs or gum binders are needed; they hold up to being boiled and tossed with sauces or sauteed in the famous broccoli rabe dish 'orecchiette con le cime di rapa.' Their shape is perfect for your favorite tomato sauce as it pools inside the indentations, getting lots of sauce in each bite.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
4 servings


  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup warm water, or more as needed

  • 7 ounces rice semolina, or more as needed


  1. Dissolve salt in warm water in a bowl. Place semolina flour into a separate bowl and add salted water. Mix together until dough becomes a ball you can work with, adding more flour or warm water as needed; mixture should be slightly wet, barely sticking to your hands.

  2. Knead dough until slightly more stiff. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  3. Remove dough from the refrigerator and separate into 4 pieces. Use a small amount of semolina flour to dust your work table and work each piece of dough into a cylinder or snake shape. Dust your hands lightly with flour and pinch off a 1-inch piece of dough; make a dent using your thumb while rolling it away from you. Repeat with remaining dough.

  4. Let pasta sit for 7 to 8 minutes.

  5. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil; place pasta into the boiling water and cook until pasta floats to the top, making sure not to stir, about 8 minutes. Scoop out cooked pasta using a slotted spoon from the water and transfer to a plate.

Cook's Note:

Do not use a colander to drain the pasta, make sure to use a slotted spoon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

175 Calories
2g Fat
38g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 175
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Calcium 1mg 0%
Potassium 0mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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