This…

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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