Gluten Free Italian Recipes: Sicilian Pasta Sauce

pastaplate.jpgI don’t know about you all, but it’s hard to daydream about new recipes when your refrigerator is bursting with food and all you have to do is pull out a few plastic tins to enjoy some of your favorite dishes. I’ve been feasting on portobello mushroom stuffing filled acorn squash drizzled in vegetarian gravy, with cranberry sauce and the occasional mashed potato for days now. Is that bad? It just tastes so good… and, miraculously, is good for me. Unlike, perhaps, all those delicious fruit pies. Mmm, pie. But I had to admit, my taste buds were starting to revolt just a little bit, and clamor for variety. Gluten-free pasta was calling my name… but yet, I couldn’t just let those leftovers go to waste, could I? So, I decided to try something from Thanksgiving in a new way. I’d tried out a new recipe for broccoli covered in a yummy Sicilian tomato sauce that evoked the best balsamic glazed elements of a eggplant caponata dish. But honestly, the broccoli didn’t really do it for me. I love broccoli, and I totally loved the sauce in a spoon-licking sort of way, but I just wasn’t feeling the pairing. So I decided to separate these two elements for good- ditched the broccoli and used the sauce on some tasty gluten-free spaghetti. Perfecto! Is that a word? It should be. While the pasta was boiling I threw a bunch of fresh asparagus in the oven to roast drizzled in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Simple, but oh so good. When it came out I added a splash of balsamic vinegar, and had the perfect side dish for my new, improved, Sicilian Pasta Recipe. We sprinkled on some parmesan judiciously, and I added some extra pine nuts (and later, kidney beans for added fiber and protein) and had a absolutely delicious, Italian meal. Tired of your same old pasta sauce recipe? Try this recipe- it’s simpler than caponata but channels the same divine flavors.

Sicilian Pasta Sauce Recipe
Ingredients
Gluten-Free Pasta

3 tbsp olive oil
4 sprigs parsley, chopped
2 large or 3 medium red or yellow onions
1/2 cup red wine
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 overfull tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
3 thinly sliced garlic cloves
1 28 oz. can peeled tomatoes with liquid
1/3 cup sliced Kalamata olives
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup pine nuts or blanched slivered almonds (optional)

Directions
Heat oil and saute parsley and onions until translucent (10-15 minutes). Add wine, wine vinegar, tomato paste, spices and garlic clove and simmer until liquid reduces and gets thick. Add tomatoes with liquid and let thicken again. Add olives, let sauce simmer and flavors permeate, and finally add raisins and nuts. The longer the sauce simmers, the better the flavor will get.

Serve with pasta and a nice green vegetable like roasted asparagus, sauteed and seasoned green beans, or roasted chili garlic broccoli on the side.

Notes
This was more to my taste than DH’s, but I really loved the flavors. It reminds me of eggplant caponata, without the eggplant. Yummy!

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3 Responses to “Gluten Free Italian Recipes: Sicilian Pasta Sauce”

  1. Maybe you can help me out with something…? I want to order all of my food online from now on because of various reasons, but I don’t know where to go for quality food. I have tried 2 companies so far, Fresh Dining, and and Celebrity Foods, but I wanna get others I can try out. Do you know of any? The main thing I’ve ordered so far is steak. I guess you can say, I’m a steak junkie. LOL!!! From what I have found out (from what I have ordered so far) I think I am able to regulate the quality of beef I buy. I hate going to a store and getting that crappy slab of beef that I have to cut down until there is like nothing left. Hahaha!!!! (its so true though) Anyhow, sorry that I made this comment so long. If you can help me out or point me in a direction where I might find more quality foods online, I would greatly appreciate it. Have a good day or night! (depending on when you read this) LOL!!!!

  2. Hi Leo,
    I don’t eat meat so I’m not a good source of information on where to find meat online, but for gluten-free foods, amazon.com is a good source of pre-made foods and mixes. You can also order gluten-free products from the gluten free mall, or individual companies like Chebe or Kinnikinnick. Hope this helps.

    -Sea

  3. All of the items below (except obviously the pork and ready to eat items) can easily be vegan or lighter vegetarian. Most offer substitute suggestions right on the package or website.

    123 Gluten Free has great mixes for all kinds of baked goods (breads, pancakes, cookies, etc). Last I checked they also had gluten free oats. You can order directly from the company.

    Bobs red mill has great mixes for a variety of baked good items (breads, pancakes, cookies, etc). They also have grains that are gluten-free as well as flax. This can also be ordered directly from the company on-line.

    Cherrybrook Kitchen is another good brand for baking goods (breads, cookies, etc). I don’t know for sure if these folks ship direct – but I think they do.

    For top notch Pork products that are natural and free of many allergens inc. MSG (bacons, sausages, franks, etc) try Pederson’s Natural Farms. Available to order directly from the company.

    Enjoy Life brand has yummy cookies, breakfast bars, cereals and the like – that are convenience foods (ready to eat). I buy them locally so I am uncertain if they ship direct – its worth trying though.

    Best Wishes from Ella

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