Whether it be a tasty alternative in your lunch box or a delicious dinnertime treat, gluten free pasta is a great starting base and healthy carbohydrate hit for many tasty recipes.
It also works well because most of the time the sauce base to be used will be naturally gluten free, so all that’s required is a separate pan of gluten free pasta for whoever requires a gluten free meal. Also be sure to sure keep a separate spoon to stir your gluten free pasta to prevent any cross contamination.
Juvela have got plenty of great gluten free pasta products to choose from for a starting point, and below are a few of my favourite pasta recipe ideas and tips… hope you enjoy!
The old classic! Or why not try spaghetti with meatballs instead? I tend to use M&S meatballs* for quickness, but there are other brands that are gluten free too – just have a look on the ingredients list. Alternatively you can make your own meatballs simply using mince, finely chopped onion and seasoning*.
Again for quickness after a busy day, Lloyd Grossman tomato base sauces* are one of my gluten free cupboard essentials, but I do also make my own tomato sauce by frying a finely chopped onion with a couple of crushed garlic cloves, adding a tin of chopped tomatoes, a few herbs of choice and allowing the sauce to simmer for 15 minutes (blend and season to taste). This tomato sauce is a fabulous base for lots of other pasta favourites and the flavour can be changed by adding chilli, different herbs or olives* – basically whatever you enjoy! Also you can make up a large batch and freeze in your required portions, you then have quick options for when time is not on your side.
Pasta salads are delicious when you need a tasty yet substantial lunch, and they bring a welcome change from a sandwich! Its great having Carol (who is also coeliac) working alongside me in the office, as we do a bit of a lunch share and I have to confess she is the one that has rekindled my fondness of pasta salads! I love the fact that anything goes and it can work well with a good old fridge clear out too, avoiding any waste. Macaroni is great for catching lots of lovely sauce, or why not try some Fusilli – it’s fun spirally shape is usually a big hit with children and grownups alike!
Pasta Salads are a great time saver too – you can cook enough pasta for a couple of days, pop in the fridge and then simply add what you fancy in the morning and you are away! One of my faves at the minute is this Minted Feta and Pea Pasta Salad, perfect for eating on a nice sunny day.
Tasty Garlic Bread…
Of course, the traditional accompaniment to pasta is gluten free garlic bread. I’m a huge fan of Juvela Gluten Free White Rolls sliced in half, spread with garlic butter and a little fresh parsley, a twist of black pepper and a sprinkle of salt – popped in the oven for 5/10 minutes… They are truly delicious! A Juvela Gluten Free Pizza Base will be perfect topped with garlic butter too, or if you fancy making your own from scratch, we have a great recipe for a gluten free pizza base here.
I hope this month’s blog has inspired you into rustling up a few delicious gluten free pasta treats. As always you do need to check ingredients before adding, but so many will be naturally gluten free, meaning with a tiny bit of prep you can enjoy fabulous, varied lunches at home, work or on the move! If you’d like to look at more recipes, don’t forget that we have plenty to browse!
In addition, check out your local Italian restaurants to see if they are able to cater for a gluten free diet. I know of a couple of chain restaurants, for example Jamie’s Italian and Carluccio’s who can serve gluten free pasta on request. I ate at Jamie’s Italian a while back and had a lovely experience there.
Happy, Healthy eating!
Liz x*The information we’ve provided here is accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. As always, please ensure you thoroughly check any food is definitely gluten free by asking plenty of questions before you decide to try or buy!