A Creamy Tomato Gluten Free Penne Pasta dish that’s ready in 25 minutes, delicious, and dairy free. This gluten free penne pasta recipe is perfect for those who are new to gluten free or are looking for a lighter pasta dish alternative! It’s protein packed vegetarian pasta with a healthy amount of plant based Iron.
We interrupt the Holiday food extravaganza posts to bring you a quick and healthy gluten free penne pasta recipe. Because let’s face it, you’re gonna need some carbs fro fuel this week! Haha. Now keep reading
**NOTE: This post was originally published in Winter 2014. I updated the photos and the refined the recipe. Now I’m republishing the updated recipe because it’s WAY batter!
Need a gluten free substitute for your regular pasta that doesn’t turn to mush? For those who have been eating gluten free for quite sometime, you understand. Remember the days when every gluten free pasta was made from corn and melted in the pan? Haha. Yep! And for those who are new to gluten free, I’ve got a creamy tomato gluten free penne pasta dish that’s gonna rock your socks off. Al dente!! It’s also dairy free, easy to make, super duper yummy. Just sayin…. I’ll explain more below.
Oh carbs, it’s such a confusing topic, no? But I will say this. We enjoy carbs! Gluten free of course. And depending on what the body needs, we shift the amount of carbs eat, the type we eat (grain free and pseudograins that are gluten free), and when we eat them. I don’t believe in a one size fits all meal plan. Instead, I (we) try to focus on what the body is currently needing. For instance, if my husband is training for an event, or if we are having a stressful month (yea, that happens), then taking care of adrenal health is important. We have found that adding in a bit of healthy gluten free carbs at dinner can help with sleep and cortisol regulation. I should note, this is what has worked for us. Plus, it’s a nice switch from low carb or paleo from time to time. Just my two cents. . Hello Holiday hustle and bustle.
Okay, so here we are. Needing to nourish the body and adrenals. Adding a bit more healthy carbs. Hence the gluten free penne and a dairy free “creamy” pasta dish.
Gosh I love pasta, I missed! And the gluten free penne pasta I found is the best kind, in my opinion. I’ve found two that I adore. One is a buckwheat pasta and the other is a lentil pasta. The buckwheat gluten free penne is a made from buckwheat flour. Buckwheat is pseudo-grain, which it’s not really a grain, but a seed, from the rhubarb plant. For those with healthy hormones and healthy guts, buckwheat is well tolerated, especially if it’s soaked or fermented. Remember those crunch bars? Yea, those are made from buckwheat! So good too!
The other gluten free penne pasta I found (and love) is made from lentils. I love using this pasta because it add in more plant based protein without any meat. Oh and fiber to boot! Actually, both gluten free pasta dishes also contain significant amounts of protein and a significant levels of other nutrients (especially B vitamins and iron).
One last tip and trick for this super easy and healthy dish —> USE an EGG YOLK combined with paleo mayo to get it extra creamy! Yes, it’s almost like a carbonara style pasta, minus the cheese.. And that’s how we add in more good fats and Choline without the dairy. Just mix a tiny bit of mayo and egg yolk together, then stir it right into the gluten free penne pasta. It melts together with the tomato and onion, which makes the penne pasta extra creamy. You can also use nutritional yeast or even a cashew cream sauce! Shhh… don’t tell the cheese lovers share my trick. Let’s see if they notice the pasta is even dairy free. GASP! I’m sneaky!
Nutrition Per Bowl
9 grams of protein ain’t to shabby, eh? Add some extra protein with chicken, beef, or even shrimp if you’d like!
Alright, bottom line, gluten free carbs are great to experiment with for active kids, athletes, healthy adrenals, etc. Oh for the love of carbs!
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Now, go make this creamy tomato gluten free penne pasta dish for your friends and family. But maybe don’t tell them it’s actually super healthy, gluten free, and dairy free. Let’s see if they even notice. Mwahahahaha….. trickster!
Favorite Gluten free pasta dish? And….. lay it on me. 😉