Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Gluten Free Penne with Turkey Sausage and Beans

Isn't pasta delicious?  I'm so glad I didn't have to give it up when becoming gluten intolerant.  There are so many good gluten free pastas you can buy.  This pasta dish is a very satisfying, comfort food type of meal.  It is made with mascarpone cheese, which gives it a nice creamy richness.  This gluten free Penne with Turkey Sausage and Beans has been one of my favorites for years.  I was so glad to find that changing the pasta to a gluten free one didn't alter the taste of this dish.  I used the Barilla  Gluten Free Penne, which I have found to work in just about every recipe.  It is a combo of corn and rice so it's not too hard or too mushy.  This dish is quick and easy to make and is all done on the stove top, so it makes a great dish to make on a hot day, as you don't have to turn on your oven.
Gluten Free Penne with Sausage and Beans

You can use Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage or ground Italian Seasoned Turkey in this dish.  I have used both and like them both, but find it quicker to use the Italian Seasoned Turkey, as you don't have to remove it from the casing, as you do with the sausage.  It makes a yummy left over too!


Recipe from:  Goodies Gone Gluten Free
Adapted from: Giada De Laurentis
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12 oz. package of gluten free penne
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 package of sweet Italian Turkey Sausage or Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey
1 small onion chopped
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 container of mascarpone cheese
1 tsp. salt
2 garlic cloves

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat.  Add the pasta and cook until tender, about 10-12 minutes.  Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of cooking liquid.

In a large skillet, warm the olive oil over medium high heat.  Add the Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage (casings removed) or  ground turkey, and onions, breaking up turkey into bite sized pieces.  Once the onions are tender and the turkey is browned, add the garlic and cook for a minute.  Add the beans, oregano and basil and cook for 2 more minutes.  Add the cup of pasta liquid and stir, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pan.  Add the mascarpone cheese and stir until it dissolves.  Let it simmer a few minutes to thicken a bit.  Add the salt and hot pasta and stir to coat.

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