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Gluten-Free Summer Garden Pasta

Aug 13, 2023

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The perfect combination of fresh flavorful, and rich. The GF and DF pasta will make you feel as amazing as it tastes!


Dinner, Lunch, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Under 30 Minutes

This Gluten-Free Summer Garden Pasta is the perfect combination of light yet filling. With fresh vegetables, herbs, and good quality olive oil - a few ingredients most of us already have in our kitchen - will transport you to the Italian Coast. Not only is it easy to whip up, but it will satisfy your pasta craving and be great for your gut health too.

I was so inspired by this dish when a new Sicilian bottega opened on the corner from my apartment. Walking into the little shop reminded me of my study abroad program in Florence. The flavors of Italy were everywhere! And the best part? You can order these same ingredients, too.

The Sicilian family who owns the bottega also owns Asaro Farm, which are widely known for their high-quality olive oil. For over 100 years, the Asaro family has been making olive oil in the valley of Belice are Nocellara del Belice olives. I loved learning about their culture and rich family tradition of this unique craft. I will never second-guess buying olive oil from them again!

Now being gluten-free and dairy-free for my IBS, I took this as an opportunity to be creative in my recipes, trying new flavors and a spin on some of my most loved meals. Like pasta!

This Summer Garden Recipe was the perfect experiment for my new lifestyle! Instead of being dairy based with butter and cheese (like most pastas are) this dish is oil based. That's why I love using the best quality olive oil I could get my hands on.

Olive oil is rich in polyphenols, a compound found in plants that offer unmatched antioxidants. Antioxidants are fundamental when it comes to fighting off disease and inflammation. It's proven that eating a diet rich in polyphenols, like the Mediterranean diet, can increase your longevity.

Gluten-free pasta is easier on my gut to digest. Since I am also intolerant to corn, I try to find gluten-free alternatives that are rice or cassava based. I actually found that cassava, a nutty-flavored root, is the best on my digestion. I love using spaghetti for this recipe, but you can use any shape of gluten-free pasta you want!

Cherry tomatoes, basil, garlic and lemon give this recipe a fresh flavor. They also contain antioxidants that can reduce inflammation. Garlic and basil also have antimicrobial properties that can maintain a healthy gut microbiome.

Red pepper flakes and capers give this pasta dish a little edge. I love the saltiness the capers bring and the spicy kick from the red pepper flakes. You can use more or less red pepper flakes depending on your spice intolerance.

This recipe is super easy and can be whipped up in about 15 minutes! The sauce is a combination of the olive oil, vegetables, and herbs and I highly recommend making the sauce in advance, letting it marinate for at least 1 hour. For this recipe, I let it sit for an hour while I baked, and it was perfect!

The longer the ingredients can sit together, the stronger and more potent the flavor will be! You can make the sauce the night before, cover it, and let it sit in the fridge overnight. Or, my favorite thing, double the sauce and let it sit in your fridge all week so you can use on different pastas, salads, cooked protein like chicken and more! It's super versatile with other dishes, too.

Hope you enjoy this recipe, and comment below how you incorporate the Summer Garden Pasta into your recipe rotation!

Welcome! If you made it here, you are probably looking for answers on where to begin your wellness journey. I'm Jessica, and I started my gut health journey over 3 years ago. As an avid foodie and wellness enthusiast, I hope to inspire you on your realistic wellness journey.

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20 minutes

2 Servings

Dinner, Lunch, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Under 30 Minutes

The perfect combination of fresh flavorful, and rich. The GF and DF pasta will make you feel as amazing as it tastes!


  • 6 ounces of gluten-free pasta + salt for boiling

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1 tablespoons of roughly chopped basil

  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and smashed

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes + more for sprinkling

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1/4 teaspoon of capers, roughly diced


Step 1

Combine the olive oil, basil, garlic, red pepper flakes, lemon zest and capers in a small bowl and stir gently, coating the garlic and basil in the olive oil. Cover tightly and refrigerate either while your pasta cooks or overnight. For this recipe, I let it sit for over an hour and it was great!

Step 2

Cook the pasta as instructed on the box. Make sure to salt your pasta water heavily and cook the pasta until its al dente. I recommend cooking for less than the recommended time (especially for gluten-free pasta). I cooked mine for ~8 minutes.

Step 3

After the pasta cooks, reserve a little bit of pasta water, about 1/4 cup. Heat up a shallow pan on medium-low heat. While it's heating, add the cooked pasta directly from the pot of the pan with tongs. Add the sauce and gently stir while the sauce and pasta heat up. As the pasta is heating up, add a small amount of pasta water, about a tablespoon at a time, to avoid the pasta from sticking. It should be creamy from the sauce!

Step 4

Once the pasta is warmed with the sauce, transfer to your favorite pasta-eating plate and top red pepper flakes and enjoy!

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