Gluten Free Brown Rice Penne Pasta with creamy bacon pesto sauce

Pasta on the patio. No better way to beat the heat around here.

Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but thats gluten-free penne pasta there. No one even noticed the difference. It  isTrader Joes brown rice pasta. Very delicious with this sauce. I have not found a gluten free spaghetti pasta that we all like yet. But for penne, you cant beat this with a stick!

Just don’t over cook it. Thats the only thing.

you need:





parmesan or romano cheese

dried tomatoes

jarred pesto sauce

brown rice penne pasta

This is similar to a recipe I already put on my site, creamy pesto pasta. I just wanted to add this because it has bacon. And bacon is wonderful. Also because I wanted you to know that this gluten-free penne from Trader Joes is just the ticket for those trying to cut down on their gluten.

But if you are dairy free, this is not the way to go. This is all about dairy. Cream, Parmesan or in this case, Romano cheese.

(Okay, if you have to do it without dairy, I would hate for you to miss out on the whole bacon-penne experience. How about a little Earth Balance non-soy non-dairy spread? Then some olive oil. Maybe coconut milk? Or not. But the garlic, bacon, pesto and peas could all be the same. But more salt since you can’t have the Parmesan. How about topping it with some seasoned bread crumbs made from gluten-free, non-dairy bread? Food process a slice into crumbs, then season it and toast in the oven. Put some on top to add flavor and a little crunch. That might work. )

Like I said, this is almost exactly like the other recipe. But I cooked up some bacon first and crumbled it up. (I like to crumble after cooking as opposed to dicing while raw, then cooking.)

Cook the penne. In the meantime…

Drain off all but a couple of Tbsp of bacon fat. Cook some garlic in that. Add some frozen peas, some dried tomatoes, cream and a big spoonful  of pesto sauce. Stir it up and add salt and pepper as needed. Then add lots of grated cheese of your choice. I happened to have Pecorino Romano this day.

It is very versatile. Have fun with it and let me know what you come up with.

He never knew…okay, he probably wouldn’t have cared either. As long as it tastes good.

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