Gluten free pasta al pomodoro

If you love Italian food as much as I do, you will certainly enjoy this recipe for gluten free pasta al pomodoro. I cook pasta quite often and fettuccine are probably my favourite type of pasta. Even though I love pasta, I’m aware that the traditional way of preparing it might not be always very healthy. Most pasta contains a lot of refined carbs, and therefore lacks nutrients and fiber. This is why I have used a gluten free pasta made from brown rice for this recipe.

Gluten free pasta from brown rice

I found these gluten free fettuccine a while ago and I must say they absolutely exceeded my expectations. Some pasta without gluten is slightly tasteless and doesn’t have any bite, but these fettuccine are just full of flavour and stay remarkably al dente. Made from brown rice, they are naturally full of nutrients and fiber, which makes them healthier than traditional pasta.

Brown rice pasta is a healthy gluten free alternative for normal whole wheat pasta. Even if you are not on a sugar free diet, this gluten free pasta is also considerably lighter to digest than traditional pasta. You can buy brown rice pasta here.

How to make a good pasta al pomodoro

When you prepare a pasta with tomato sauce, it is important to have a good base. This means to start your tomato sauce by sautéing garlic or onion in some olive oil for a while. For some recipes, like in the case of these gluten free fettuccine al pomodoro, it can be a good idea to sauté some fresh rosemary as well.

As for your tomatoes, you have the choice between fresh tomatoes, diced tomatoes in a can or passata di pomodoro, basically uncooked tomato puree in a glass jar. If you make use of fresh tomatoes, make sure you choose tomatoes with a good, sweet taste which are not hard and full of water. If you cannot find good fresh tomatoes, diced tomatoes or passata di pomodoro will do just as well. Most Italians in fact use canned tomatoes to prepare their pasta.

Cherry tomatoes in a bowl
I used tasty sweet cherry tomatoes for this gluten free pasta al pomodoro

Cut your tomatoes in little pieces and slowly cook a smooth sauce out of them. Some people prefer to remove the skins and seeds from the tomatoes before putting them in the sauce, but I personally I don’t care. Also, skins are generally quite nutritious.

If you are in a hurry, you can serve your gluten free pasta al pomodoro sooner, but generally cooking the tomatoes for 45 minutes or more will really improve their taste. If you feel your sauce is a little thick and lacks water, add some water to prevent the sauce from burning. Finish your sauce off by adding some salt and pepper to it.

You can add some extra ingredients to make your pasta sauce even tastier. Some examples include sun-dried tomatoes, green or black olives and capers.

Gluten free pasta al pomodoro
Gluten free pasta al pomodoro

Always add your pasta to the sauce

Make sure you boil your fettuccine so that they are ready when your sauce is also ready. Leaving your pasta in the pot while waiting for your sauce to finish cooking will make your pasta dry or even hard. Strain your pasta and immediately add it to your sauce, stirring to mix both. Leave to simmer for a minute or so.

To know the boiling time of your pasta, you can use the time indicated on the package as a reference but it’s good to set a timer and taste every now and then. Leave your pasta a little bit al dente to get the best flavor out of it. Also, remember that your pasta will continue to cook after you add it to your sauce.

Gluten free pasta al pomodoro

Gluten free pasta al pomodoro

Tasty gluten free brown rice fettuccine with tomato sauce

Oats with yoghurt, fruit and nuts

Healthy cold oats with your favourite topping

Oats have many health benefits and since I like to start my day well, I almost always have warm oatmeal for breakfast. I usually boil my oats with some soy milk, almond milk or water and eat them with fresh fruits and mixed nuts. However, especially in summer, I sometimes prefer not to eat warm food for breakfast. That’s when I often make cold oats.

Oats with yoghurt and your favourite topping

This cold oatmeal is one of my favourite oats breakfast recipes, especially in the warm season. It is even easier to prepare because you don’t have to heat or boil anything and can literally eat breakfast within 30 seconds from waking up.

You might wonder if you can eat oats raw, but the truth is that oat flakes are normally already pressed and steamed. It is therefore no problem to eat or digest them. Of course you have the choice between different sizes of oats. In this recipe I’ve used large flakes which have a nutty taste and provide great texture for your breakfast.

A close up of oats with yoghurt, fruit and nuts
A close up of oats with yoghurt, fruit and nuts

How to prepare your oats with yoghurt with fruits and nuts

It is very easy to prepare these cold oats. Just put some yogurt on a large deep plate and add the fruits and nuts of your choice. For this recipe I have used bananas and peaches as well as almonds and Brazil nuts, cause I love those and happened to have them at home.

It is a good idea to top your oatmeal off with some healthy seeds, like flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds. I also usually put lots of cinnamon on top.

A plate of oats with yoghurt, fruit and nuts
A plate of oats with yoghurt, fruit and nuts

Overnight oats in a jar

It is also very easy to make an overnight version of this oatmeal in a jar or bowl. Just put all the ingredients in your jar and leave them in the fridge overnight. Your oats will be softer in the morning and the flavour of the bananas and peaches will spread throughout your yogurt to create a wonderful aromatic breakfast.

Children will love this as well. It can be a fun game to place all the ingredients in a jar in the fridge in the evening before going to sleep and see (and taste) the result in the morning. The flavour of overnight oats is just amazing and kids will absolutely love it, and so will their body.

I added these oats to my gluten free recipes as well. If you have gluten sensitivity and are wondering if you can eat oats, you might want to check out this page.

Oats with yoghurt, fruit and nuts on a table

Oats with yoghurt, fruit and nuts

A healthy breakfast to get you started