Ancient Grains Giveaway and My Adventures in Gluten-Free Pasta Making


has been in my kitchen in Del Mar, traveled to Plano, Texas, then on to Falls Church, Virginia, back to my kitchen in Del Mar, then to a condo in Carmel Valley {where it sat in a box in the garage}, and again back to my kitchen in Del Mar, all over the course of 11 years, 8 months, and 11 days {give or take a day or two}.

The sad thing is, that, over the course of all these years, this beautiful pasta maker hasn’t been used even once.

That’s right, not even once.

Until a couple of day ago, when, inspired by all the glorious gluten-free ratio rally pasta recipes I have been salivating over the past week…

I decided to take it out of the box and make my first ever batch of homemade gluten-free pasta.

Oh, and another reason was that it was time to make my next Ancient Grains for Modern Meals dish, Farmer’s Market Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Rosemary, and Basil, and really, doesn’t the sound of this dish just call out for homemade pasta???

For my first attempt at gluten-free pasta making, I used Shauna’s {aka Gluten Free Girl} recipe from her beautiful cookbook Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef.  In the end, I was very pleased with the taste, but definitely feel I need more practice with my pasta making technique.

The noodles were a little on the THICK side…

But, the flavor was delicious and Ian {aka the husband} and my friend and neighbor Kim both gave the pasta and Maria’s Heirloom Tomato sauce a big thumbs up!

I also discovered that my daughter SiSi is a pretty proficient pasta maker {having made it 2 times before with both her Grandpa David and her Goddaddy Dan}  After our first sheet of pasta broke apart, SiSi lectured politely told me that the pasta was too wet

Know what?

She was right!

After that, we added more flour to the dough, and the pasta sheets held together MUCH better.

Here are some more photos of our gluten-free pasta making adventure…

First time using my new digital scale. Woo hoo!


Pasta dough fresh from the food processor...


Using a little elbow grease to roll out the pasta.


Our first attempt at fettucine noodles... Don't make fun!


And, here’s the final product, Farmer’s Market Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Rosemary, and Basil

Let me tell you…

This pasta does not disappoint!

I wish I could share Maria’s recipe with you, but, alas, I can not.

Let me just tell you that you can not go wrong with a sauce that uses heirloom tomatoes…

and rosemary fresh from the garden…

BUT you can enter my giveaway {yes, it’s STILL going on!} to win a copy of Maria’s gorgeous book…

Photo credit: Sara Remington Copyright 2011

OR ,if you can’t wait until July 25th when the winner will be announced,  you can purchase Ancient Grains for Modern Meals from Amazon

And I promise you that next week, I will share one more recipe from Ancient Grains for Modern Meals…

{It’s a secret!}

In case you missed my earlier Ancient Grains Giveaway posts, simply leave a comment here to enter the giveaway {Remember you are entered each time you leave a new comment!}

Good luck and happy pasta making!

Questions: Have you ever made homemade pasta before {regular or gluten-free}?  If so, how did it turn out?  What’s your favorite way to serve pasta? Do you have any unused appliances lurking around in your kitchen???

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  1. Ok, so first time using the Imperia AND first time using the digital scale! I am so proud! Even more so of the final dish, that looks amazing!!! Glad your daughter walked you through it ;)

  2. I have made pasta with my parents a few times. Last time we made butternut squash ravioli, and it was amazingly delicious!

  3. I have a pasta maker, but never used it so far. Should really get it out of its drawer and use it.

  4. Kudos for the fresh pasta session- It looks yummy!!

  5. Nelly-Thanks! There’s a first time for everything!

    Alysa-Your butternut squash ravioli is on my recipe list to make!

    Karin-Yes, I definitely encourage you to get that pasta maker out and use it stat!

    Eileen-Thanks so much!

  6. I just finished off the taste test and look forward to the next batch of yummy pasta!

  7. wow awesome job on the pasta making wonderful meal :-) its so much fun to do things like this and so rewarding

  8. I have never made pasta and shame on me when my son made pasta in school two years ago in FIRST GRADE. I cannot wait to try! Thank you for the lovely post and the giveaway!

  9. The photos are terrific! Homemade pasta must be so much better then store bought.

  10. Kim-So glad you liked the pasta! I have a little of the tomato sauce left over if you want to stop by for bruschetta :-)

    Rebecca-Thanks so much-it really was a lot of fun for both myself and my daughter!

    Annapet-Thanks so much for stopping by! As you can see,it’s never to late to try new things, and sometimes our kids can be our best teachers :-)

    Maris-Thanks so much for your kind comment. Indeed, homemade pasta beats store bought any day…Although I will, no doubt, continue to use store bought when I am short on time!

  11. I’ve never tried to make pasta, let alone GF pasta!! Wow, I’m impressed. I’m sure the first couple times I attempt to make pasta it will not be as tasty as I thought, it’s an art. I will have to share this post with my GF clients. They are always asking me about pastas.

  12. How rewarding that must be to say you made your own pasta!

  13. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has appliances she’s never used. I’m sure pasta was great but must’ve felt good to finally use the darn pasta maker too. I’m not sure I could handle pasta making.

  14. Never have made pasta before!! Nor have i used quinoa flour!! All of these yummy creations make me want to go out and buy a digital scale, food processor, and pasta maker. More toys to add to my list :)

  15. How wonderful to make your own pasta..fresh ingredients and healthy! Wish I could have the patience to make my own soon :)

  16. I’ve always wanted to try making my own noodles! I WOULD ideally like them a little thinner though. My mother in law makes her own homemade noodles and they are SO good!

  17. wow, you made your own gluten free pasta!! i would love to attempt that one day :D i always see giada using the same pasta maker on food network :).

  18. Just like yours, I love tomato with basil pasta. Drizzle of good olive oil and a few drops of herb infused oil(truffle oil is good too, but I found simple black pepper corn infused oil is pretty good with fresh herb pastas)
    I am considering to get a good food processor since I have MG, so it’s better to get some energy saving(to me) appliances for kitchen.
    My the favorite, the favorite appliance is VitaMix. (O, I just stop raving about this machine.): Quick sauce mixer, ice crusher, juicer…

  19. Gina, Sylvie, Lauren, and Sanjeeta-Thanks so much for your comments! I’m sure you could all make beautiful pasta…just takes a little practice and patience :-)

  20. I personally think your pasta looks wonderful, but I enjoy thicker pasta:-) So I made pasta twice, both times I had really thick pasta, good, but thick. I have a beautiful mandalin that is still in its original box….crazy right? I love seeing the quinoa flour for your pasta, my favorite!
    Hugs, Terra

  21. This pasta looks amazing!
    You know I have never made pasta from scratch. Reading your post makes me want to right away!! :)

  22. fresh tomatoes and basil are a winning combination for sure. Very interested in trying gluten free pasta, will have to start watching second hand stores for a pasta maker that someone never used :)


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