D-Feast Friday | Pasta, Beans & Broccoli – Rienzi Gluten Free

This is a tasty and healthy meal. In addition to the recipe, what I want to share is this particular brand of pasta: Rienzi Gluten Free Pasta (yellow box). A college buddy of mine who eats gluten-free tipped me off to this. I had been using Dreamfields pasta, which tastes great and although is not as complicated to dose as regular pasta, still causes highs late in the night for which I need to extend a bolus. We were also using Tinkyada rice pasta, which is friendly to Caleb’s blood sugars and I think is great for our homemade macaroni and cheese dish, but the texture is not quite what I want when having something like pasta and meatballs. These are both still wonderful choices, but now we have another.

Rienzi’s gluten free pasta is made from corn and rice. The texture is a little firmer than just rice pasta and the flavor is better suited to what I consider the traditional pasta meals (with the good old Italian gravy). Caleb’s blood sugars respond well – just a regular bolus with no extension necessary and we all have a comfortable night. It was also well suited to this recipe, which is quick and easy and everyone in this house enjoys. In fact, I think I have all the ingredients on hand so I’ll make this tonight!

1 pound pasta

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 bunch broccoli florets cut into bite sized pieces

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 cups chicken broth

1 can white beans of your choice – I use cannellini

1 teaspoon lemon juice – fresh or otherwise

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, heat skillet with oil. All broccoli and garlic and cook attentively over medium heat until broccoli is bright green.
  • Add broth and cook until broccoli is crisp-tender.
  • Stir in beans and lemon juice.
  • Adjust any and all seasonings to your taste.
  • Drain pasta and combine with broccoli mixture in a big bowl. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

3 Replies to “D-Feast Friday | Pasta, Beans & Broccoli – Rienzi Gluten Free”

  1. that looks so yummy! thanks for sharing the recipe!

    we also use dreamfield pasta, but i’m always afraid i’ll cook it slightly too long and thus turn it from low-carb into regular carb. so stressful! thanks for the tips on the other pastas.

  2. Lorraine, thanks for sharing this great recipe. I made it into a vegetarian dish by using Trader Joe’s low sodium vegetable broth, and it worked well. Shannon, I use Dreamfields and have never heard that if you cook it too long it turns from low-carb to regular carb. How does that happen? Their packaging doesn’t say anything about it!

    1. I’m glad to hear it! Shannon and I have been chatting about this. I’ve heard this before – that you can’t overcook it – but neither Shannon nor I can find any official record of it. Not sure why!

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