Local Pasta Maker Brings Affordable Artisan Dishes to the Community | Community

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – When Springfield resident Leah Grant left her position as director of social services last year, she had no idea that a few months later she would have developed a following for her homemade artisan pasta.

Grant, a home care provider who homeschools her 10-year-old son, first saw pasta making as a way to work on fine motor skills, coordination and teamwork. After posting photos of his designs on personal social media pages, commission requests followed and Grant quickly identified a niche to fill.

Accustomed to creating artisan products – she previously had a range of handmade soaps which she sold at local markets – Grant dabbled in pasta. She joined online groups, watched videos and asked many questions of experienced pasta makers, working up to 14 hours a day to learn how to best adapt recipes and properly dry the product.

“I threw away a lot of flour!” she pointed out.

She researched and purchased pasta-making tools and dehydrators, and familiarized herself with Vermont’s cottage food laws to ensure all products met consumer safety standards.

Although she is in talks to supply her pasta to several local stores, Grant remains committed to selling directly to consumers.

“Margins in stores are so high that food can become inaccessible,” she said. “I want to be able to provide the community with healthy food at a reasonable price.”

An advocate of quality food, Grant uses only premium ingredients, including flour from King Arthur and Bob’s Red Mill, as well as locally sourced eggs. Customers can choose from plain, wheat, and flavored pasta (including basic garlic, lemon pepper, spinach, egg, and roasted red pepper) in a variety of shapes. It is particularly proud of its gluten-free offers, for which it generates a lot of interest. “Most commercial gluten-free pasta is tasteless — it needs a lot of sauce and breaks down so easily, and it can be expensive,” says Grant.

“People have been so grateful that my pasta is not only tasty, but also affordable. And I’m happy to be able to provide something that many people wouldn’t usually have access to.

As for the name Imperfect Pasta?

“Even if I try to make it uniform, there’s no way it looks like canned pasta, or gluten-free pasta doesn’t crack a little bit,” Grant said. “It’s just the nature of homemade pasta.”

One culprit in particular is variable humidity, which can cause differences in appearance in the same recipe made on different days.

Pasta orders can be placed through the Imperfect Pasta Facebook page, “Imperfect Pasta LLC”. Orders are usually ready for pickup or delivery within 2-24 hours, depending on availability. An e-commerce website is in the works and Grant will appear in local markets in the spring. For more information on Imperfect Pasta, please contact Leah Grant at [email protected]