Gluten-Free Sausage & Vegetable Pasta Bake
As the weather turns colder, main dish salads of summer give way to warm, comforting suppers. The goal around our house is to make wintertime meals as healthy as they are soothing. Pasta dishes like baked ziti are especially satisfying, but often avoided because of the glycemic index, gluten intolerance, or heavy carb load.
This Sausage & Vegetable Pasta Bake is reminiscent of baked ziti, but so much more. Substituting brown rice pasta for regular white pasta, chicken instead of pork, and incorporating vegetables transforms everyday baked ziti into a healthy, complete meal. Of course, any favorite pasta will work, but if you've never tried Tinkyáda brown rice pasta, I highly recommend it. Its texture and taste is more consistent with regular pasta than even whole wheat varieties. Brown rice pasta gives our bodies a break from the abundance of wheat products in the American diet, avoiding that too-full feeling. Using Tinkyáda brown rice pasta makes it celiac and diabetic friendly too.
For the meat lovers out there, I use chicken Italian sausage, which is less fatty than pork sausage, yet delivers on taste. Savory Italian sausage, brown rice pasta, and caramelized vegetables, all team-up to create a healthy, flavor-packed one-dish meal, perfect to fend off the chill of winter.