April 27, 2011

Quinoa Pasta with a Tomato Rose Sauce

Celiac disease is a disorder resulting from an immune reaction to gluten.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat and related grains (oats, barley, couscous, and rye).

Anger and/or rage are the 2 feelings I would probably have, if I were diagnosed with celiac disease.

What would I eat if I had celiac disease? QUINOA PASTA BABY. It is sooooooo good. Almost as good as chocolate. Note to self: eat more chocolate.

I buy my quinoa pasta at Fred Meyers, but I'm almost positive that any grocery store with a gluten free section will sell it. They're crazy if they don't.

The modern day grocery store has made a huge transformation in the past 20 years. Nowadays, you go to the grocery store and end up leaving with underwear, life insurance, a television, and a diamond ring. Meanwhile, all you wanted was a pint of milk.

My grocery store has a bank, a pharmacist, an eye doctor, day care, a photo lab, a jeweler, an insurance broker, a florist, a baker, and a deli. The list doesn't stop here, but I figured, we don't have all day.

When I was young, the highlights of my local grocery store were the coin operated horse, the 25 cent candy/sticky-hand machine, and the free slice of bologna at the deli. I must have really liked it there, because most of my fondest childhood memories were at the grocery store. You see, I lived in a house, in the country, in a forest, on a dirt road. The grocery store, to me, was like a theme park to a city kid. Major fun.

Enough about my childhood, lets get back to the dish at hand.

10. The amount of minutes it takes to make this dish, unless your stove breaks, your kitchen explodes, or you get abducted by a robot ninja. To be quite frank, these are all possibilities. I mean, you might want to think about robot ninja proofing your house, just a thought.

2. The amount of minutes it took for husband to eat this dish. He really needs to slow down, doesn't he?

100. The score this dish gets on the delicious scale.

Quinoa Pasta with a Tomato Rose Sauce Recipe (serves 2)

4 oz dry quinoa pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 sweet onion, sliced
1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 tomato, sliced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp white whine
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp tomato sauce

1. In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook for roughly 10 minutes. The pasta should be soft, but not falling apart soft.

2. While the pasta is cooking, saute the onion in olive oil for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the mushrooms and tomatoes and cook for 3 more minutes. Turn the heat to medium high and add the wine.Cook for one minute.  Next, add the cream, and cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring continuously, so nothing burns. Remove form heat and serve on pasta with some Parmesan cheese.


  1. Hi Heather, I met you at the GSDA event the other night. Just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your blog. I am also a vegetarian who eats fish, so I am getting lots of good ideas from your posts.

    -- Shelly Guzman

  2. Quinoa pasta sounds really interesting! I have never had them...looks so good to me.