Monday, March 4, 2013

Sausage, Zucchini & Bell Pepper Pasta (Gluten-Free)


Happy Monday!

The gluten-free journey continues, and so far I feel much healthier. Though I'd been pretty strictly gluten-free when I started this blog, I'd fallen off the wagon, and consequently, my health suffered. BIG TIME. So I'm back to to it and no more shortcuts this time—I've seen the light!

I'm sure you've heard the news about the Mediterranean diet's health benefits and how it could ward off thirty percent of heart attacks and strokes, so I thought I'd share a gluten-free pasta recipe. In today's world there are so many great options for gluten-free folks, including lots of pasta choices. For this recipe, I used an organic brown rice rotini from Trader Joe's.

This yummy recipe is simple to make and super yummy with no gluten or dairy (cheese). I saute chicken sausage (organic Italian variety from Applegate that's gluten-free) with zucchini and orange bell pepper. I toss the sausage-vegetable mixture with the cooked pasta and top with just a little chopped parsley (basil would be great, too). The resulting dish is healthier than many traditional pasta recipes, but just as satisfying. I might even make it for dinner again tonight.


Sausage, Zucchini & Bell Pepper Pasta (Gluten-Free)

Serves 4 people
Cooking time: about 25 minutes
Gluten-free; dairy-free

Ingredients

1 package gluten-free pasta (such as the organic brown rice rotini from Trader Joe's)
1 package Italian sausage (Applegate makes a good gluten-free variety)
1 orange, yellow, or red bell pepper (seeded and chopped)
2 cups zucchini, chopped
1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped plus more for garnishing
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

1. Bowl water for the pasta and cook according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and reduce heat to medium. Saute for one minute. Add the zucchini and bell pepper and cook until beginning to soften (about five minutes). Add the sausage and cook for two minutes, until heated through (the sausage should come precooked, but if not then make sure to cook first). Stir in the parsley and season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.

3. Toss the sausage-vegetable mixture with the pasta, adding a little pasta water and/or olive oil if needed to keep moist. Garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy!

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