Pasta has become a global food that many people are happily enjoying. The main reason behind its massive popularity is easy preparation and countless possibilities for customization. In every country and region, people create pasta dishes according to their local flavors. But it doesn’t have to be loaded with an excess of cheese and other heavy ingredients. You can create healthy pasta recipes and even make them gluten-free. This article has some pasta recipes for health-conscious people.
If pasta makes you think of junk food, please reconsider this perception because it can also be a healthy diet. Rather than fresh mozzarella cheese, you can try fresh vegetables. All you need to arrange is a lost of ingredients free from harmful fatty acids and gluten. For health-conscious people, there is an option of gluten-free pasta. Gluten is not entirely harmful to our health..at least not for most people. Gluten is a group of proteins that we consume on a regular basis in our bread. Pasta is also made from flour that is rich in gluten. However, there is also an option to purchase raw pasta straws or rings free from gluten flour. Our recipes are based on this variant of pasta. Scroll down to gain for some great gluten-free, healthy pasta recipes.
Gluten-free pasta loaded with veggies
This is a 30-minute recipe and this recipe makes three servings. Feel free to change the vegetables according to seasonal availability and your own preferences.
- 9-oz package of gluten-free pasta (elbows)
- 6 oz fresh or frozen peas
- 3 ½ cups of broccoli (Diced)
- One packet of garlic cheese spread or freshly grated parmesan cheese
- One clove of garlic, minced
- One large red bell pepper, chopped
- Half onion, thinly sliced
- 3-4 TBLS fresh cream
- 3 TBLS extra virgin olive oil
- Black pepper and salt to taste
- Take a large pan and add water and salt for boiling. Make sure that you are adding enough water to soak the pasta perfectly.
- Add your elbow Italian pasta in the boiling water. Stir occasionally to make sure pasta does not stick to the pan. Cook it for around 8 minutes and then drain the water.
- Take another pan of the same size, add water, salt and broccoli. Cook the broccoli for next 8 minutes and drain the water.
- Heat a sauté pan then add 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook onion and garlic in this oil until they turn golden brown. Now, add bell pepper to the pan and continue cooking for two more minutes.
- Add peas, salt, pepper, and cream to the pan. Stir on medium heat until the mixture warms up adequately.
- Finally, add the prepared Italian gluten-free pasta and cooked broccoli and mix all the ingredients. Your healthy pasta is ready for three servings.
Tips to Consider
- If you want to add seasonal vegetables other than broccoli, don’t forget to cook them perfectly before adding to the pasta.
- You can add Italian buffalo mozzarella or parmesan cheese if you want to extra flavor, but it won’t be as healthy.
- If you want something non-veg, try chicken sausages in the same recipe. Reduce vegetable quantity while adding chicken.
Unlike long Italian recipes, this pasta only takes around 30 minutes. Also, most of the ingredients are easily available in your kitchen. Rather than waiting for the junk food delivery for half an hour, it’s better to prepare a healthy pasta dinner at home.
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