Penne in a Blush Basil Sauce with Bocconcini
Penne in a Blush Basil Sauce is a super indulgent meal. Growing up I (Karlee) was never really a big pasta person. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with celiac disease that we understood why I never truly enjoyed eating pasta. Gluten free pasta has completely changed my world and now we eat pasta once every week or two. Thats a huge step up from my childhood where I would be the last one at the dinner table.
This dish is so yummy and flavourful. The basil leaves infuse the sauce with an earthy fresh taste. While the blush tomato sauce is creamy and tangy. Add in the torn bocconcini at the end and stir it into the warm pasta. The cheese will get so gooey and delicious. The sauce and cheese in this dish make it very decadent. However, while you’re eating it, it does not feel too rich. If you’re on a diet, definitely save this one for a cheat day. It’s not super unhealthy but it’s definitely not healthy like our Lentil Soup or Vegetable Gnocchi.
Gluten Free Pasta
Like I mentioned, pasta has never been my favourite food. Mainly due to it making me feel extra full and sick as a child, but now I love it. Now that I have been diagnosed with celiac disease, my opinion of pasta has completely changed. Over the last 6 years I have tried many different brands of gluten free pasta. Some have been truly terrible while others have been mediocre. However, our absolute favourite is the Catelli Gluten Free Pasta.
The Catelli Gluten Free Pasta is a combination of 4 different grain free ingredients. It consists of white rice, brown rice, corn and quinoa. These ingredients somehow are the perfect combination, which makes them able to mimic gluten containing pasta. I find that if you cook gluten free pasta for about 1-2 minutes longer than regular gluten containing pasta, you will get the perfect al dente pasta. Now this may not always be true but this is what my experience has been. It is also best to add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to your pasta water before adding in your pasta. This prevents it from sticking together.
Let us know if you try out this delicious penne in a blush basil sauce with bocconcini in the comments below. If you’re looking for more gluten free dinner ideas check out this French Onion Soup with Parmesan Croutons.