Do you hate mushy gluten free pasta? This hack will help you make perfect pasta every time. Try it with this simple gluten free marinara sauce recipe.
Say goodbye to mushy gluten free pasta!
If you want to cook gluten free pasta, that isn’t mushy, read further down to see this famous hack to have delicious al dente pasta every time!
Have you visited a restaurant and found that the staff went so far above and beyond to help you that it left you with a happy feeling inside?
I am constantly amazed at how kind and helpful restaurant employees can be.
Being gluten free for medical reasons, I rely heavily on the restaurant staff to make sure our family doesn’t get sick when dining out. From the wait person who helps us muddle through the menu trying to find out what items are safe to eat, to the chef who took a few minutes to leave his busy kitchen to answer my questions about cross contamination. I am forever grateful when it works and I don’t get sick.
Every once in awhile through these acts of kindness, I learn something new that improves how I cook in my own kitchen.
My husband and I wanted to try to a new Italian restaurant, Sorrelle Italian Bistro in Campbell, CA, that opened up just a few minutes from our house. When I called to ask if they had any gluten free options, the owner told me they didn’t have gluten free pasta dishes. The owner then offered something wonderful. She told us that if we brought a bag of our own gluten free pasta, they would create something special for us.
No restaurant has ever offered something like this and we were intrigued. We decided to give this new restaurant a try and packed a bag of gluten free pasta in my purse. When our pasta dishes came out, I couldn’t believe how delicious the pasta was. It was firm. It is the first gluten free pasta I could say was really al dente!
When I cooked gluten free spaghetti and pastas, I usually ended up with something a little mushy.
Over the years my kids have been brainwashed to accept “mushy” gluten free pasta. After a while, they forgot what real firm pasta was even like.
The restaurant used the same brand that I use and I couldn’t figure out what they could have done differently. I was so curious to know how they cooked the pasta. When I complimented the owner, I begged for her secret. She told me exactly how they keep the pasta al dente.
I am so excited to share this simple tip with you!!!!
Al Dente Gluten Free Pasta
It has put gluten free pasta back on the menu in our home.
The secret to firm pasta starts with an ice bath she explained. This halts the cooking process immediately so the pasta doesn’t continue to cook in the colander. If you drain your pasta in a colander, or drain it and leave it in the pot, the heat from the pasta continues cooking the pasta and you can end up with mush.
How to cook gluten free pasta:
Add ice and water to a medium sized bowl.
Hot gluten free pasta about to be added to the ice bath.
Chill for 2-3 minutes until the pasta is cooled. If the ice didn’t melt all the way, remove any ice cubes that remain in the pot. Drain the pasta in a colander.
How to make an easy marinara pasta sauce:
With a large knife, smash two garlic cloves with the flat part of the knife. Saute in a pan with olive oil.
Heat a pan with olive oil and saute the garlic until it becomes golden. Add fresh basil.
Add in organic tomato sauce and capers. Simmer for 10-15 minutes for flavors to blend. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add the cold pasta and it warms up quickly with the sauce. Toss and serve hot. You can also try this easy pasta hack on this delicious pasta with meat sauce recipe.
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Things You Need To Make This Recipe:
- A good metal colander. Don’t use a plastic colander for hot pasta. Most plastic is not safe when heated and it can release chemicals into your food.
- This large mixing bowl to do an ice bath.
- 2 garlic cloves smashed
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 can organic tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- cooked gluten free pasta
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat.
- Add garlic and saute until golden.
- Add fresh basil and saute another 2 minutes.
- Add tomato sauce, capers, oregano, salt and pepper.
- Reduce heat and simmer the sauce for 15-20 minutes.
- Toss with cooked gluten free pasta and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
- Serve hot.
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