Pasta. It can be simple or complex, loaded or light, depending on what you put on it. What it all boils down to is potential.
When I received a shipment of DeBoles® Gluten-Free Pasta from The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., I decided that I would run the gamut of preparation styles – from a quick toss in pasta sauce to a more elaborate meal.
Here’s the rundown:
Gluten-Free Rice Penne
Having just watched our newest episode of Alternative Appetites, I was inspired to try Dan’s recipe for Penne with Creamy Tomato Sauce. I first prepped the sauce and then boiled the pasta. At the 6 minute mark, the pasta was cooked perfectly. A few pieces fell apart while I was draining the pasta, but otherwise it held up nicely. A quick toss in the sauce and I was ready to taste.
The penne had just the right size and bite to match the zucchini slices, and the flavor of the sauce shined through. Like most rice pastas, the penne got mushy upon reheating, so this is best eaten fresh.
Gluten-Free Rice Angel Hair Pasta
The recipe on the back of the box is for a light garlic and oil sauce with broccoli rabe. I’m not a big fan of broccoli rabe, and I had a bunch of spinach in my fridge, so I made a quick swap. I made the simple sauce while the pasta was cooking, then tossed everything together.
The completed dish was delicious! The olive oil kept the pasta from sticking together, yet was light enough to feel healthy. The angel hair was thin without tasting too delicate, which was a problem I had with wheat-based angel hair pasta. To make this extra tasty, add a good sprinkle of Parmesan cheese – it sticks to the pasta nicely.
Gluten-Free Rice Angel Hair Pasta with Flax
For dairy-free and vegan friends, I tried this pasta with the Vegan Alfredo Sauce from GlutenFreeChoices.com. It’s made with almonds, and while my blender didn’t have quite enough oomph to create a perfectly smooth sauce, I still found it pretty flavorful.
When I added the pasta, it created a creamy and luscious looking dish – with only a fraction of the calories that you’d find in a traditional alfredo sauce. Plus, the addition of flax gives the dish an extra punch of omega-3s. If you can have cheese, I’d say splurge on the real alfredo sauce, but this is a fun “fake out” recipe to try (and it only takes minutes to make).
When I saw the playful colors and “Kids Only” message on this box, I thought of one thing: tomato sauce. The simple, store-bought gem is sometimes all a kid needs to feel, well, like a kid. The Tubettini is small, so it cooks very quickly – perfect for a speedy weeknight dinner. A quick pour of tomato sauce and I grabbed a forkful (you may also want to eat this with a spoon).
It was tasty, with no hint of an “off” flavor. In fact, it reminded me of those canned pasta products that kids like so much – except this tasted a lot fresher. Best of all, the Tubettini reheats surprisingly well. No mush side effects.
Ready to whip up your own plate of pasta? Visit the DeBoles Gluten-Free Pasta Party album on NFCA’s Facebook for your shot at winning FREE gluten-free pasta. Each winner will receive 3 boxes of DeBoles Gluten-Free Pasta. There are 4 chances to win, and we’re announcing one each week! Bonus: For a 5th chance to win, visit our Alternative Appetites video on YouTube and leave a comment according to the instructions.
For more information about gluten-free products from The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., visit www.GlutenFreeChoices.com.