This gluten free pasta recipe is an easy and delicious weeknight meal. Sundried tomatoes nestle up with artichokes and are all covered with a creamy prosciutto sauce - so good!
(Update: This post was originally published in 2018. Greetings from Austin, friends. Things here have been dismal with the winter storm and the loss of power for so many of our fellow Texans. Our power was restored after a 50-hour outage on Wednesday morning and we are feeling so grateful for the heat. Keep checking on your friends and neighbors. In the meantime, I wanted to leave this gluten-free pasta recipe here in case you're looking in the pantry and trying to make a meal out of what you see. This can be made on the stovetop so even if you're out of power, you can manually light your gas stove. Don't worry if you're missing ingredients. Make substitutions or omissions as you need and it will likely still be delicious. Text your neighbors if you're missing ingredients and you guys can pool together what you have and share the meal. Sending love to everyone affected by the current power outage.)
It’s finally that time in Austin where the weather is still cool enough in the evenings to enjoy a meal outside without getting attacked by bugs or sweating instantly. The longer days make it perfect for an enjoyable evening meal outdoors. In celebration of this amazing (yet short lived) weather, I’m sharing my favorite Al Fresco recipes this month.
Al Fresco is a style of dining that is casual, “in cool air” or outdoors, and often shared with friends or a special someone. To start, a gluten free, dairy free pasta recipe that Chase & I have fallen in love with. It was a sort of an off the cuff, here’s what I have around let’s see if this taste ok recipe, that turned into a wow this is good, no like really good one. So I started rotating it into our meal plan.
How To Make This Gluten Free Pasta Recipe - Step by Step
Boil water and cook pasta as instructed on the box.
Drizzle oil onto a saute pan over medium heat.
Add onions and cook until softened, stirring occasionally (about 3-4 minutes).
While onions cook, whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside.
Tear prosciutto into bite size pieces and add to onions.
Cook prosciutto and onions for 3 minutes, stirring over med-low.
Add sundried tomatoes, artichokes, and chopped garlic and stir together, cook for 2 minutes.
Pour sauce over ingredients, stir, and cook on medium-low for 3 more minutes.
Finally, add cooked pasta and stir to incorporate over low heat.
Serve topped with fresh oregano.
An Easy Gluten Free Pasta Recipe
We’ve talked a lot about quick weeknight meals that taste good, are healthy, and most importantly are easy. (And hopefully have even helped some of you start to implement these with our Pantry Capsule.) This recipe is for sure another one of those easy weeknights meals.
I’m talking less than 30 minutes!
Canned Vs Fresh Ingredients
Now, you may look at the ingredients and notice most are not fresh. While fresh ingredients are ideal, we can’t completely disregard the fantastic flavors marinated and jarred foods can bring to a dish. “Canning” as our grandparents generation would have called it, was the best way to preserve your garden’s harvest without anything going to waste. They didn’t use cans for this though, they used glass mason jars.
Pantry friendly (aka jarred or canned) ingredients does not mean a recipe has to be bland. These vegetable or fruits are picked at their peak freshness and jarring, simply extends their shelf life. The idea is to make food available and edible long after the processing time.
A 1997 study found that canned fruits and vegetables are as rich with dietary fiber and vitamins as the same corresponding fresh or frozen foods, and in some cases the canned products are richer than their fresh or frozen counterparts. This is a good argument that these items still add significant value to a dish.
Choosing Ingredients For This Gluten Free Pasta Recipe
When shopping for these ingredients remember that most items in a glass jar are marinated and, thus, flavorful. My best advice when choosing these items at your grocery store is to read the ingredients. These items should not have tons of items that you can’t pronounce or any food dyes. I always prefer glass and boxed over canned. But, if you do go with canned, be sure they have a BPA free lining.
The artichokes I use contain only artichoke hearts, water, vinegar, oil, salt, garlic, and ascorbic acid (which is vitamin c used a preservative). My sundried tomatoes contain only tomatoes, olive oil, dehydrated garlic, spices and salt. This is why these ingredients add so much flavor, they have been sealed airtight to absorbing all of the goodness.
A Delicious Gluten Free Pasta Sauce
Okay, enough about that. I also realize you may be skeptical when you read the ingredients for my creamy sauce. But I promise you, you will be shocked by the rich and cheesy taste. It will pour on like an alfredo sauce and as you cook, will look similar to a sauce with parmesan in it.
Best Gluten Free Pasta
I like to use a chickpea penne pasta to up the protein and fiber, but any penne of your choosing will do. This is a pasta dish that won’t leave you feel bloated and wishing you hadn’t indulged. It’s guilt free and so good. Pair it with your favorite wine, a simple salad and surrounded by friends under the setting sun!
Top Tips For This Gluten Free Pasta Recipe
- When cooking a gluten free pasta, always start checking it between 6-7 minutes for doneness.
- Do not overcook or your pasta will become mealy and fall apart.
- Always rinse with cold water immediately to stop it from up cooking.
- Whole wheat or white penne pasta can be substituted if you are not gluten free.
- For best flavor and texture, the tomatoes and artichokes should be marinated in a glass jar if available.
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Have you tried this Gluten Free Pasta Recipe? Feel free to leave a star rating and I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!
Creamy Prosciutto, Sundried Tomato & Artichoke Penne - Gluten Free & Dairy Free
- 1 - 8 oz box of gluten free penne pasta* I used this brand
- 1 - 4 oz package of prosciutto
- ½ c sundried tomatoes marinated in olive oil**
- ¾ c marinated artichoke hearts drained & roughly chopped**
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ medium onion julian
- Optional: fresh oregano
- 1 c full fat coconut milk canned
- 1 egg
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
- Boil water and cook pasta as instructed on the box.
- Drizzle oil onto a saute pan over medium heat.
- Add onions and cook until softened, stirring occasionally (about 3-4 minutes).
- While onions cook, whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside.
- Tear prosciutto into bite size pieces and add to onions.
- Cook prosciutto and onions for 3 minutes, stirring over med-low.
- Add sundried tomatoes, artichokes, and chopped garlic and stir together, cook for 2 minutes.
- Pour sauce over ingredients, stir, and cook on medium-low for 3 more minutes.
- Finally, add cooked pasta and stir to incorporate over low heat.
- Serve topped with fresh oregano.