Gluten-Free Recipes: Pasta Dishes - dummies

By Nancy McEachern

Yes, you can still have pasta on a gluten-free diet! You just need to look for alternatives to the old standard wheat pasta. Noodles made from rice and corn are usually gluten-free, and there’s a wide and wonderful world of pastas made from other great grains, too.

If your grocery doesn’t have at least one or two gluten-free pasta choices — or if it doesn’t carry the kind you like best — order a few packages online or ask your grocery’s customer service department to order some. They usually will.

Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

Prep time: 3 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

1 teaspoon plus 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon (about 2 cloves) chopped or minced garlic

1/4 of an onion, chopped

28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

4 ounces gluten-free pasta

Parmesan cheese for serving

  1. Add 1 teaspoon of the oil and the garlic and onion to a medium-sized pot. Cook over medium heat, cooking and stirring until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add the entire can of crushed tomatoes, the salt, and the Italian seasoning.

  3. Lower the heat to medium-low and partially cover the pot with a lid to minimize splatters. Don’t cover the pot completely, or the sauce will become watery.

  4. While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta according to the package directions.

  5. Drain and rinse the pasta. Serve with the sauce and top with a sprinkle of Parmesan.

Per serving: Calories 412 (From Fat 68); Fat 8g (Saturated 1g); Cholesterol 2mg; Sodium 1,734mg; Carbohydrate 75g (Dietary Fiber 9g); Protein 11g.

Date Night Chicken Carbonara

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

4 ounces gluten-free pasta

3 slices bacon

6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into small chunks

1 tablespoon butter

3/4 cup gluten-free chicken broth

3/4 cup sour cream

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1 cup peas

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  1. Cook and drain the pasta according to the package directions.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, add the bacon and chicken to a large skillet over medium heat. Stir the chicken and turn the bacon to cook all sides, heating until the chicken is no longer pink and the bacon is crispy.

  3. Remove the chicken and bacon from the pan and set them aside on paper towels. Crumble the bacon. Wipe out any extra grease from the pan with a paper towel.

  4. Add the butter, chicken broth, sour cream, and Parmesan cheese to the pan. Cook over medium-low heat until the butter is melted and the sauce is hot.

  5. Add the peas and the cooked chicken and bacon to the sauce and cook about another minute. Stir in the garlic salt and pepper.

  6. Pour the sauce over the pasta and serve it immediately.

Per serving: Calories 764 (From Fat 344); Fat 38g (Saturated 21g); Cholesterol 126mg; Sodium 1,296mg; Carbohydrate 60g (Dietary Fiber 5g); Protein 40g.

Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

4 ounces gluten-free ziti

8 ounces Italian sausage links

1/2 to 2 cups marinara (tomato) sauce

1 cup mozzarella cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Cook and drain the pasta according to the package directions.

  3. While the pasta is cooking, slice the sausage or remove it from its casing and crumble it. Cook the sausage in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat until the sausage is brown.

  4. Remove the sausage from the pan and drain it on paper towels.

  5. Combine the pasta, sausage, sauce, and cheese in an 8-x-8-inch baking dish. Bake it for about 10 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly.

Per serving: Calories 635 (From Fat 262); Fat 29g (Saturated 14g); Cholesterol 95mg; Sodium 1,879mg; Carbohydrate 59g (Dietary Fiber 3g); Protein 30g.