I call this my man catching pasta.
And believe me – it works. Just ask my husband. This is easily his favorite meal of mine I make.
(Most) men love a good hearty meal. Who doesn’t? I love pastas because they feel warm and comforting – and keep me full. What I don’t love about traditional pasta recipes are the empty carb filled noodles and the sugar-packed sauces. I love pasta, but I just don’t love the extra crap.
I used to make this red sauce + ground meat pasta recipe with traditional white noodles, red sauce, and ground beef, but with a few simple swaps I’ve managed to make this recipe not just tasty, but healthy.
A couple things to note before we dive into the recipe itself…
★ Don’t @ me, but I’m all about a jarred sauce situation. But like, a specific jarred sauce. I am married to Rao’s homemade sauces. Most jarred sauces are packed with added sugar, but Rao’s is literally as if you made the sauce yourself at home. Delicious – and none of the “bad” stuff.
★ This recipe is incredibly flexible. You can totally do this recipe sans meat if you’re vegetarian. I even sometimes pack this dish with more veggies (like sautéing spinach into it!).
★ You definitely don’t need a man. But like, if you’re in the early stages of dating, whip this recipe out and watch him salivate.
Gluten Free Red Sauce Pasta
- Medium sauce pan
- Medium pot
- 1 box Banza Chickpea Pasta (your choice of noodle)
- 1 package Lean ground turkey
- 1 jar Rao's Tomato Basil Sauce OR Marinara Sauce
- 2 cups Chopped mushrooms
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Start boiling your water in your medium sized pot for your pasta!
- Toss chopped mushrooms into your medium saucepan on medium heat (no need for oils if you're using a nonstick pan!). Cook until the mushrooms begin to soften.
- Once the mushrooms have started to soften, add lean ground turkey into the medium sauce pan, bump heat up to high. Use a spatula to "break up" the meat as it sautees.
- Add Banza pasta into your boiling water. Keep an eye on this pasta – it will have some foam appear approx 3 mins after being added to the hot water (skim off the top and dispose). This pasta is also prone to overcooking, so check frequently (every 2 mins or so).
- When meat is fully cooked (no longer pink), add jar of Rao's sauce and stir. When sauce starts to bubble, the sauce is complete.
- When pasta is fully cooked, strain, and add into your medium sauce pan with your sauce.
- Serve it up & ENJOY.