Monday, May 12, 2014

Ginger Edamame Macaroni Salad with Catelli's Gluten Free Macaroni {Giveaway}

Recently I had the pleasure to attend an Exclusive Gluten Free Pasta Event at George Brown College sponsored by Catelli.  Back in September, Catelli had launched their Gluten Free Pasta line which included penne, fusilli and spaghetti.  You can read my review here.  With the success of the gluten free line, they recently added macaroni.  Our host for the evening was Chef John Higgins.  Chef Higgins is director of George Brown Chef School, former personal chef to the Queen Mother and a judge on Food Network's Chopped Canada.

Photo courtesy of Catelli

The evening started out with a tasting.  We were served grilled vegetables with some cheese, pasta with pesto, olive oil and tomato sauce to dip in.  Each dish of pasta was cooked for a different amount of time for us to compare the texture.

Chef Higgins (Photo courtesy of Catelli)

Chef Higgins shared with us some tips on cooking pasta.  He emphasized to always follow the directions on the box.  When cooking pasta use a large pot so the pasta has room to move around and the water should be over-seasoned with should taste like the ocean.  Don't add oil to the pasta water or rinse the cooked pasta under water.  Both will prevent the sauce from adhering to the pasta.

He went on to show us how to make the Ginger Edamame Macaroni Salad pictured at the top of the post and his recipe for a wonderful tomato sauce.  Next we all had a chance to work in the kitchen at George Brown College and make our own Ginger Edamame Macaroni Salad.  I really liked this salad.  The only element that is cooked is the pasta so it was very quick to put together.  I took a taste of the dressing with all the vegetables prior to adding the pasta and it was great just on it's own!  Chef Higgins suggested to start off with adding half the amount of rice vinegar, taste and then adjust the amount to your liking.

Photo courtesy of Catelli

It was a great experience and a lot of fun!  Chef Higgins is a great teacher, very approachable and friendly.  To top it off I got to learn 2 great recipes which I will be making in my own kitchen very soon.

Photo Courtesy of Catelli

We usually don't buy Gluten-Free products.  I have heard that some Gluten-Free products don't match up to their gluten equivalents.  If I had to do a blind taste test, I wouldn't be able to tell that Catelli's Gluten-Free pasta was gluten free.  The taste and texture are very good.  If you follow a gluten free diet I would highly recommend giving it a try.  It is produced in a dedicated gluten free facility, Catelli Gluten Free pasta is certified by the Canadian Celiac Association’s Gluten-Free Certification Program.

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Ginger Edamame Macaroni Salad
Recipe courtesy of Catelli

Prep Time: 20 min    
Cooking Time: 5 - 6 min                  
Servings: 8

1 pkg (340 g) CATELLI® Gluten Free Macaroni
2 cups (500 mL) frozen edamame
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1/2 cup (125 mL) rice vinegar
2 tbsp (30 mL) each granulated sugar and water
4 tsp (20 mL) gluten-free soy sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) minced fresh ginger
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
1/3 cup (75 mL) canola oil
1 cup (250 mL) each diced red pepper and cucumber
1 cup (250 mL) each shredded Napa or Chinese cabbage and carrot
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped green onions

1. Cook macaroni according for 3 to 3½ minutes. Drain in colander, then place pasta on a flat tray to cool. Once cooled, sprinkle with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of olive oil and mix gently with fingers.

2. Blanche edamame in 2 cups (500 mL) of salted water for about 2 minutes and drain.

3. Meanwhile, whisk vinegar with sugar, water, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper until sugar is dissolved; whisk in oil. Add cooked edamame to mixture.

4. Toss macaroni and edamame mixture with red pepper, cucumber, cabbage, carrot and green onion to combine. Serve immediately.   

          Add hot sauce, chili flakes or diced jalapeno peppers for a little extra kick.
Serve alongside grilled chicken or fish such as salmon or trout.
This salad can be made ahead and reserved for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. If making ahead, reserve 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the dressing and add just before serving to moisten the salad.
For an equally delicious salad, replace the soy sauce with miso paste. Another gluten free option, miso paste (or fermented soy paste) is often found at the fresh sushi counter located in the produce department of many supermarkets.
Replace the granulated sugar with honey if preferred.

Per serving (1¼ cups/300 mL): 334 calories, 14 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 560 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrates, 3 g fibre, 8 g sugars, 8 g protein. Excellent source of vitamin C. 

Now for the giveaway!  Catelli has generously offered to give one Chocolate & Chillies reader one-year supply of Catelli Gluten Free Macaroni.  The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

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  1. We don't because we are unable to get these products locally

  2. I try to whenever I can because I have numerous friends who have to do so and it's easier to do so we can eat together!

  3. I do as much as possible, It has made a world of difference in my tummy troubles.

  4. I don't follow a gluten-free diet. I am still researching and experimenting to see the benefits for me.

  5. the pasta looks so lipsmacking...

  6. Pasta looks fabulous I try to sometimes follow a gluten free food

  7. This looks so good! I love pasta salads that aren't heavy on dressings like mayo. I can see this being customized sooo many ways! Love it!

  8. I do not follow a gluten free diet, but I am always looking to try various gluten free products.

  9. I don't, but have some family members that are celciac.

  10. no I don't but have friends that do

  11. I don't follow a gluten free diet but this would be great for when my family gathers together because there are a few that are celiac

  12. No, but I am slowly switching to gluten free products in areas that I can. My area doesn't offer much for gluten free diets.

  13. As much as I can I do, its hardvwevare always on the go

  14. I try to follow a gluten-free diet

  15. No I don't, but I do enjoy gluten free pasta

  16. No I don't but I know people who are eat gluten free and I want to start trying

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  18. I follow a semi GF diet, but cook for family who totally do

  19. i dabble in gluten free products,,,mostly out of curiosity

  20. i have been trying to as much as possible

  21. I don't follow a gluten free diet, but i have friends who do so it's nice to have things in the cupboards that i can throw together when they come for surprise visits.

  22. I don't follow a gluten free diet.

  23. we do not follow a gluten free diet

  24. I am not gluten free, HOWEVER my best friend's 13 year old daughter IS. She was just diagnosed with celiac earlier this year, so I would love to win for them :)

  25. We just started due to a immune system issue that I have and it's been a struggle but were following websites, pinterest and doctors diets to help guide us through figuring out the ways to eat healthy!

  26. I don't follow a gluten free diet.

  27. We don't follow a GF diet because we have found that many GF items are not nearly as good as the ones cottoning gluten. We have found a few things that are as good as or better than the like items containing gluten and with those products we do strictly buy the GF versions. I have yet to find a GF pasta that is as good as regular pasta so I am very interested in catelli pasta after reading your review. The GF pasta event you were able to attend sounded amazing, those grilled vegetables looked divine as does the salad. I'd love to win this to have great GF pasta for my family and I! Thanks for the chance to win,

  28. Wow Asi! That's so cool you were able to go to that workshop! The pasta looks delish. I have never cooked with edamame before. Can't wait to try!

  29. not always but i prepare meals for those who do.


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