A delicious weeknight pasta dinner recipe the whole family will love! Sweet Tomato & Broccoli Rabe Baked Penne that’s gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free. Packed with flavor and nutritious veggies, this healthy meal will be an easy new favorite!
“I hate pasta!” Said no one ever. Need a great dinner, but don’t feel like getting to fancy, also want something that will bring all the cozy good feels and satisfying comfort after a long grueling day at work or school? Pasta. The great thing about pasta is that you can make it into a dish tailored exactly to your liking. A blank slate and a great base for a killer gluten-free dinner.
The only time I had REALLY bad “pasta” was at a 3-day baton twirler camp held at Villanova University way back in the day. That whole experience was a disaster from the outset. The dorms at Villanova are legitimate prison cells too. We had to eat out meals in the dining hall obviously and I already knew not to have high hopes as we trekked down in the hot summer heat to our first “dinner”. I don’t remember all the details (I was young, this was back in 2004?). But I’m pretty sure all they had were these cold dried penne noodles to serve us.
I kid you not, the noodles were greyish brown, hard, cold, and literally dried (i.e. not fresh anymore by the time they served us). There wasn’t even sauce (unless I was that out of it and missed the sauce line). It was a sad, sad pasta tragedy and the final nail in the coffin of that terrible sleep away camp. (Good thing for me, my mom was one of the adult volunteers and I went with my good friend). Some how I came home alive…bad noodles and all!
But don’t worry guys, I have you covered today! You don’t have to suffer through a pasta dinner of old, dry, and cold noodle sadness! You get a killer gluten-free, vegan, and top 8 allergy-free meal fit for a king (or queen). A sweet tomato sauce full of herbs and spices, along with some yummy tummy broccoli rabe! All perfectly baked right in the magic iron that we all know and love! My stomach’s growling already!
Sweet Tomato & Broccoli Rabe Baked Penne (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Allergy-Free)
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Cook pasta according to box directions, but only for 5 minutes. Drain, rinse, and add back to the pot.
- Add in all the other ingredients to the pot of semi-cooked pasta and mix well to combine.
- Pour the pasta mixture into a large seasoned cast iron skillet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Remove and serve.
No need to ever cry of sad pasta again! Well…I take that back. As long as you eat pasta at home or from a reliable restaurant, then you’ll have some damn good pasta! Gross old noodles from college dining halls? I can’t guarantee you that one! I guess the biggest thing though, is to make sure, no matter where you are, that the noodles are GLUTEN-FREE! That would make a sad pasta dinner into an even nastier disaster!
So tell me:
+ What was your first college dining experience like? That scarred me 10 years before I even got there 😛
+ Worst pasta you ever had?
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