My Comfort Food is #Pasta, Sun Dried Tomato Pasta!

Some days, I just have to have a bowl of fresh pasta. I know, the gluten thing. I’m here to tell you that King Arthur or Bob’s Red Mill are the best hands down, but if you are going to have to use a gluten free flour, I highly recommend Manini’s. I have made so many recipes with this flour and I have success every time.sundriedtom pasta

So, this weekend I spent time in the mountains, specifically in Circle C Ranch north of New Meadows in Idaho. Despite the clouds greeting us on our arrival, Zeke and I enjoyed a very quiet weekend. I gave our host a mason jar of my homemade marinara sauce and the conversation evolved to pasta or gnocchi. Both are tasty!

Home now, I realized I don’t have gnocchi on hand nor any pasta. But for goodness sakes, I can make my own pasta! So, as the Super Bowl 50 plays in the background, I search my kitchen for ingredients. Voila!

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Serves 4 to 6

1/3 cup Bella Sun Luci sun-dried julienne cut tomatoes, in olive oil & herbs

1 ½ cups quality flour, such as
Bob’s Red Mill unbleached white

2 large eggs

¼ cup hot water

NOTE: you must use a pasta machine made of traditional steel with a set of parallel cylinders, hand cranked. No exceptions if you want quality!

In large food processor, pulse until sun dried tomatoes are finely chopped. Add flour and eggs, pulse until mixed thoroughly. Drip hot water in chute until flour mixture forms ball. Be careful not to add too much water. If so, add more flour. Flour mixture ball should be smooth and integrated.

Knead by hand for a few minutes on a floured surface. When dough is smooth, it is ready for the machine. Form into a flat ball and cut in quarters. Set the thinning cylinders at the lowest setting, and make your pasta according to the machine’s specifications for the desired type of pasta.  Hang pasta on drying rack for about an hour.

Cook as you would any fresh pasta; this will only take five minutes or less in boiling water. Drain and toss cooked pasta in quality olive oil, fresh basil cut chiffonade style, and your favourite cheese!

Bon Appétit!

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