Penne Primavera with Basil Boursin Sauce #glutenfreefridays

Did you know that in Canada May is Celiac Awareness Month? What is Celiac you ask? Celiac is a medical condition where the small intestine is damaged by gluten, resulting in the inability to absorb nutrients, fat, carbohydrates, all the good things we need to live a healthy life. While there is no cure for this disease, one can control it by leading a gluten free diet. Up until recently it was harder for one to maintain a gluten free diet, but with more and more awareness being brought to this disease we now have companies like Catelli’s making gluten free pasta. This allows for to maintain a healthy life style with out sacrificing the foods they love.

When we were given the chance to try out Catelli’s gluten free pasta as part of the #GlutenFreeFridays campaign I couldn’t say no. While we have no known dietary restrictions (I’m keeping my fingers crossed on the kids) I was interested to see if I would notice a difference between our regular pasta and the gluten free variety. And well the verdicts in folks, if I hadn’t made the dinner, I would never have guessed I was eating gluten free pasta. I finished my dinner feeling full and definitely satisfied and perhaps a little less bloated than I normally would after eating a bowl of pasta. Perhaps its time I fully convert us to gluten free pasta?

So with out further ado here is the recipe we made for the #GlutenFreeFridays campaign. I realize it does contain flour (not gluten free) but I chatted with my friend Kat of The Pampered Baby and she said you can swap the flour for cornstarch, just add a little at a time to reach your desired consistency. Kat also shared a recipe for the challenge and it sounds delicious, perfect for the summer months, you can find hers here.

Penne Primavera with Basil Boursin Sauce

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Penne Primavera with Basil Boursin Sauce
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 TBSP Butter
  2. 1 Large Onion, diced (I leave out)
  3. 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  4. 3 TBSP Flour (substitute for cornstarch for gluten free version)
  5. 1/2 TSP Nutmeg
  6. 1 Cup Milk
  7. 1/2 TSP Salt
  8. 1/4 TSP Hot Sauce
  9. 5 once pkg Boursin Cheese
  10. 1 Box (340 g) Catelli Gluten Free Penne
  11. 1 Bunch Broccoli, cut into small florets
  12. 1 Bunch Asparagus, cut into 2 inch pieces
  13. 1 cup Frozen Peas
  14. Leaves from 1 Bunch of Fresh Basil, thinly sliced
  15. 4-5 Green Onions, thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. Fill large pot with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, then saute onion and garlic until their lectures soften, no more than 5 minutes.
  3. Lower the heat and sprinkle the flour and nutmeg over the onions.
  4. Stir well, until flour is smoothly absorbed by the butter.
  5. Pour in the milk and raise the heat, begin stirring with a wooden spoon.
  6. Season with salt and hot sauce.
  7. Continue to simmer and stir.
  8. As the milk heats it will absorb the flour, and thicken into a smooth sauce.
  9. Gently stir in the Boursin cheese until melted into sauce.
  10. Remove from heat and keep warm.
  11. Stir the pasta into the boiling water and wait 6 minutes.
  12. Toss in your broccoli, asparagus and peas and continue cooking until the pasta is al dente, approximately 5 minutes.
  13. Drain your pasta and vegetables and return to pot.
  14. Pour in the cheese sauce and then add the basil and green onions.
  15. Gently stir together, serve and enjoy!
Adapted from Back to Basics - 100 simple classic recipes with a twist
Adapted from Back to Basics - 100 simple classic recipes with a twist
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Xo. Andria

{Disclosure we received product to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are my own.}

10 thoughts on “Penne Primavera with Basil Boursin Sauce #glutenfreefridays

  • May 20, 2016 at 2:37 pm
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    This looks amazing! I have been trying to cut back on gluten for my kids after reading the book ‘grain brain’ I will have to check out this brand!

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  • May 21, 2016 at 7:15 am
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    I am going to share this with my co-wroker who is gluten free but misses pasta so much! Looks wonderful.

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  • May 21, 2016 at 7:38 am
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    I’m definitely going to have to try this one! I love that cheese with just crackers or bread so, I bet it’s amazing in pasta. I’ll probably even try it gluten free if I can find that at my grocery store. Thanks for sharing this, my mouth is just watering

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  • May 22, 2016 at 7:20 am
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    This pasta looks really tasty and healthy! I love your idea of integrating green vegetables. It looks bright and inviting!

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  • May 22, 2016 at 8:42 pm
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    Omg can we say food porn?!?! So giving your recipe a try!

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  • May 23, 2016 at 5:16 am
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    We aren’t strictly gluten free but I’m always trying new gluten free recipes. I notice I feel so much better when I don’t eat gluten. This look so good

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  • May 23, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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    Yum! This looks so good! And the fact that it’s gluten free is even more awesome! I’m thinking about switching to a totally gluten free diet.

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  • June 13, 2016 at 12:57 pm
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    This dish sounds so good. This is a recipe I will try. Thanks for sharing!

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