Easy gluten-free pear and pasta recipe that gives any wheat-based pasta dish a run for the money. Sweet pears and creamy mascarpone cheese make a delicious sauce for brown rice gluten free pasta.
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Gluten-free Pear Pasta
This dish is incredibly delicious. It’s one of the most highly requested dishes in our family. But here’s the thing, it’s not the healthiest recipe.
The Mascarpone and Pear Pasta includes oil and two cheese (psssst but I’ve even added a little bit of butter along with the olive oil when I sauté the garlic and onion) and that by itself means this dish is not a super healthy recipe.
Healthier Living Journey
I want to take this opportunity to chat about my (evolving) ‘healthier living’ journey and how I believe this can help others. In July 2018 I decided to change the way I nourish myself – and cut out all gluten. This step is part of the health journey I am sharing on this blog.
And as of October 2018 living a gluten free life feels like like one of the best things I’ve done for my body in a long time. And it’s been a whole lot easier than I thought.
In the coming weeks and months I’ll share more about healthier nutrition and my struggles with hypothyroidism, weight gain, and diets. And why I’ll never go on a diet again!
But for today, suffice it to say that not ever dish I share is 100% healthy. Because after years of struggling with various diet I’ve come to the conclusion that balance and moderation is the key to longterm success.
It will always be gluten-free but as of October 2018 I still indulge in cheese, olive oil, and butter, and other non-healthy foods. For now all I’ve just cut out gluten.
Healthy vs Healthier and what this means for you
So why am I bringing this up? Because my passion is to empower other health-challenged women, especially female entrepreneurs, to live a healthier, happier, and more successful life. As I continue to learn and share more about how nourish our bodies I focus on three goals: be healthier, be happier, and be more successful.
For you this means that you can expect ‘realistic recipes’:
- (gluten-free) recipes that fit into our busy lives
- dishes that trend towards being a bit healthier
- meals are simple to prep
- cooking techniques that don’t require a degree in cooking.
One of the lessons I’ve learned is that trying to change too many things at the same time often leads to failure. Time and time again myself and my friends have started diets and quit because they were too restrictive, too complicated, too labor-intensive, or too expensive. Therefore I hope to inspire you to explore new dishes with me – even and especially when they are not perfectly healthy.
- 16 oz brown rice pasta
- 1 sweet onion
- 2-4 cloves fresh garlic I remove the stem. It's a bit more work, but my garlic never turns bitter.
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
- 16 oz pear halves in their own juice
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese grated
- 1/2 teaspsoon sweet smoked paprika
- to taste salt
- to taste pepper
Cook the gluten free spaghetti pasta according to the package instructions. I like to cook my spaghetti al dente, because in the end I'll add the cooked pasta to my pasta sauce.
- Meanwhile chop your onions and crush your garlic. I like to have a mix of finely chopped onions and larger chunks.
- Open your jar of pear halves. Make sure to save 1/4 cup of the juice. Next dice the pear halves into bite sized pieces.
- Choose a one of your larger skillets and add tablespoons of oil and over medium heat.
- Once the oil is hot, add onions and garlic and sauté over medium-low heat until the onions are transluscent. About 5-7 minutes.
- When the garlic and onions are done, add salt, pepper, and smoked sweet paprika. Let it simmer for another 30 seconds.
- Next add some of the preserved pear juice. Next add the diced pear, mascarpone cheese, and parmesan cheese allow it to simmer on medium-low heat for another 5 minutes.
- Finally, add the cooked gluten-free brown rice pasta to the sauce and let it simmer for another minute. You are ready serve. If you like you can add some freshly grated parmesan cheese.
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More gluten free recipes like the Mascarpone and Pear Pasta
If you like this recipe you’ll probably also like the Cauliflower Gnocchi Pesto Pasta which is another great gluten-free alternative dinner option. And if you’d like to kick it up a notch you’ll do what we did, the night we had this particular dinner – I added some broiled salmon.
And if you’re interested in a pasta salad check out another family favorite – Red Lentil Pasta Salad with a Mediterranean Twist. If you’re looking for gluten free pasta recipes that are also crowd pleasers check out the gluten free Mac and Cheese with butternut squash.
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