Gluten Free Peas and Elbows

Do you get bored with the same old side dishes?  I tend to always go with rice or potatoes for dinner, but it gets monotonous!  So, here’s a little something I made to change things up one weekend.  I served it with steak, but this nifty little side dish would go well with chicken or pork chops too!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup gluten free chicken stock
  • 1 cup (3 oz.) gluten free elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 heaping tbsp. shredded parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • sea salt, to taste
  • fresh chives, for garnish

Preparation:

In a small nonstick saucepan, sauté the onion in 1 tbsp. olive oil until the onions are translucent.

Add 1 cup gluten free chicken broth, 1 cup water, salt to taste and seasoning of choice.  Bring to a simmer and add the elbows, cook to package directions.  With 5 minutes left on cook time, add the peas and simmer 5 minutes longer.

Stir in 1 tbsp. butter, a heaping tbsp. of cheese (or more if you like) and transfer to a serving bowl.

Garnish with fresh chives or parsley.  I love this easy side, so it will definitely be going into the dinner rotation!

Notes ♪♫ I used Jovial brown rice elbows in this recipe.  One of my favorite brands of gluten free pasta, I was thrilled to find elbows at the store.  If they aren’t available where you live, you can get them here on Amazon.

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Gluten Free Veal Stew with Peas (Spezzatino con Piselli)

This Italian classic is comfort on a plate!  A rich tender veal stew, slowly braised with mushrooms and peas in a light wine sauce.  It pairs beautifully with rice or pasta.

While veal can be quite expensive, veal stew meat is an economical cut that when cooked slowly over low heat becomes melt in your mouth tender.  No wonder this “peasant food” dish is so popular.

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I used a 4-quart nonstick sauté pan for this one dish meal.  It was a gift (thank you Santa), but you can get one here!

4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 lb. veal stew meat
  • 1/4 cup superfine rice flour
  • salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine (not cooking wine)
  • 1-1/2 cups gluten free broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Preparation:

Season the meat and coat with flour.  You can use any gluten free flour, but for browning meat I like superfine white rice flour, (the finer grind assures your dish won’t taste gritty).  Save your expensive gluten free blends for baking.

Heat olive oil in a large nonstick sauté pan and begin cooking the shallots.  Add the meat, leaving space in between.  Brown the meat about 5 minutes per side.

Add 1/4 cup of wine to the pan.  When it has almost evaporated stir in 1-1/2 cups of broth and 2 tbsp. tomato paste.  Cover and simmer on low for 90 minutes.

During the last 20 minutes of cooking add the sliced mushrooms, cover and continue simmering.

During the last 10 minutes of cooking add the peas, and finish cooking uncovered to thicken.

How to serve

This stew is great served over rice, pasta or polenta.  Here’s mine served over white rice.

Notes ♪♫ Like many of my recipes, this classic Italian dish required only one ingredient change to make it gluten free.  You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to follow a gluten free diet and still enjoy healthy, delicious food.

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Gluten Free Orecchiette with Pancetta and Peas

What are Orecchiette?

One of my favorite pasta shapes, orecchiette are a small, cup shaped pasta said to originate in the Puglia region of southern Italy.  Orecchiette means “little ears” in Italian.  You can see why!

Forming this rustic pasta is easy and kid friendly, everyone will enjoy making it as much as they love to eat it.

A little dough goes a long way!  This recipe was more than enough for the two of us, with a little left over.  You can double or triple the ingredients as needed.  Follow the easy steps, showing you just how to make this pasta along with the classic pairing of pancetta and peas!

Ingredients:

For the pasta

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To finish

Preparation:

Whisk the egg, egg yolk and olive oil in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Add the flour and salt and beat with the paddle attachment to form a soft dough.

Bring the dough together and wrap it in plastic wrap.  Rest at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.

Divide the dough into 4 sections.  Work with one section at a time, and keep the remaining dough covered so it doesn’t dry out.

Lightly flour a cutting board and roll each section of dough into a rope, 3/4″ thick.  Use a bench knife to cut the ropes into 1/2″ pieces.

Roll each piece between your palms to form round, marble sized balls.

For the final shaping, use a knife to pull the dough ball toward you, like this.

Then place it over your thumb or fingertip, gently inverting it to form the “ear” shape.

Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper, and dust lightly with flour.  Place the finished Orecchiette on the baking sheet.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate if not cooking immediately.

To finish the dish, render the pancetta in 2 tbsp. olive oil for about 5 minutes.  Add the peas, sprinkle with Italian seasoning and cook 5 minutes longer.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil.  Lift the waxed paper and slide the pasta into the water.  Cook the Orecchiette 2-3 minutes, they are done when they float to the top.

Remove the orecchiette with a slotted strainer and toss with the pancetta and peas.  Add a ladle of pasta water if needed.

Drizzle with more olive oil, sprinkle with grated cheese and garnish with fresh Italian parsley.

Notes ♪♫ This simple dish is made extra special with fresh, homemade pasta.  A wonderful project for a Sunday afternoon, it was a great way to end the weekend!

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