Catelli Gluten Free Pasta Review & Giveaway {CAN only}

I've been seeing lots of people posting and writing about gluten free cooking and baking.  This is something totally new to me.  I've never had to look into gluten free cooking but have been curious about it.  People with celiac disease follow a gluten free diet.  Canadian Celiac Association defines "celiac disease as an autoimmune disease where the surface of the small intestines that absorbs nutrients from food is damaged by a substance called gluten.  As a result, the body has trouble absorbing nutrients from food including the protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health."  When baking, it is the gluten in the flour that binds the ingredients and prevents crumbling.  Gluten is found in all types of wheat.  Oats usually have contact with gluten so people must look for gluten free oats.  For those that are on a gluten free diet, they must read labels very carefully to ensure there is no gluten in the food.

When I had the opportunity to review Catelli's newest Gluten Free pasta I was interested to see how it would compare to regular pasta.  Catelli's Gluten Free Pasta is produced in a dedicated gluten free facility and certified by the Canadian Celiac Association.  It comes in penne, fusilli and spaghetti.  Catelli Gluten Free Pasta is made using white rice, brown rice, corn and quinoa.  I made the penne with our favourite Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce recipe.

The pasta turned out great!  I could not taste any difference from regular pasta.  We like our pasta tender so I had to cook it a couple more minutes than on the package directions.  Whenever I buy pasta I always look for high fibre so for our family we would have liked to have more fibre.  I made this dish for lunch when my mom was over.  She also enjoyed it and didn't taste any difference from regular pasta.  I added some chopped spinach but I'm thinking next time I should also toss in some mushrooms and peppers.  Grilled chicken would also make a great addition to this pasta!

Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce and Spinach

1 box of Catelli Gluten Free Penne Pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, pressed
1 tin tomato sauce
pinch of sugar
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup light sour cream
4-6 handfuls of baby spinach, roughly chopped

Heat oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and cook until translucent.

Add tomato sauce, sugar, salt and pepper.  With the pot partially covered, cook on medium-low until thickened, about 20 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in sour cream.  Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain the pasta.  Mix the pasta, sauce and spinach together.  The heat of the pasta will wilt the spinach.

Catelli is offering a $1.00 off coupon on any Catelli Gluten Free Pasta (while supplies last).  You can get the coupon here.  Catelli will also be giving one Chocolate & Chillies 12 boxes of Catelli Gluten Free Pasta!  The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only (excluding Quebec).  Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

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Disclosure: I received free samples of Catelli Gluten Free Pasta.  All opinions are my own.


  1. I love pasta! Hope I win this! Love the always!

  2. I do not follow a gluten free diet, but someone in my family does. Like most celiacs, bread and pasta are constent challenges. Finding the product to try, acceptable taste and obsticles such as bread that doesn't weigh 10lbs.

  3. my hubby and i both follow a gluten free diet. or biggest challenge is eating outside of the house, at home we are used to it! amazing giveaway thank you so much

  4. I do not follow a gluten free diet. thanks

  5. Omg Asi this pasta looks sooooooo good mashAllah! We just flew back in from California last night and I'm going to head out to get groceries today. This is a must tonight!

    1. Thanks! It's so simple to make and tastes really good! Let me know how it turns out. If you can get some fresh basil toss some makes it even better!

    2. I just made this for Zuni and myself and it's fab! I love it when I can find recipes that he enjoys; honestly, there's nothing that makes me feel as satisfied as knowing that my child enjoyed his meal :)
      Thanks for the keeper, doll! :)

      (btw, I didn't find any fresh basil at the store, so I just tossed in 1 teaspoon of dried basil when I was simmering the sauce)

    3. Yeah!! I'm so glad it turned out well :) It's a major plus when your kids enjoy their meal..makes like so much easier when they willingly eat :)

  6. We don't follow a gluten free diet - it would be totally impossible as our local store does not stock this kind of produce

  7. I take care of a little guy who is gluten free and i am always looking for new dishes to feed him.

  8. Finding good tasting food is a challenge

  9. I don't follow a gluten free diet but a lot of my family and friends do so I am always trying to learn more about it so that I can offer gluten free choices to my company.

  10. I started following a gluten free diet a few months ago. One of the biggest challenges I have found was the cost of eating gluten free. It is so expensive!

  11. I do not follow a gluten free diet but I have a family member that does.

  12. no,I do not follow a gluten free diet yet.

  13. i dont follow all gluten free but i do buy some gluten free products

  14. I do not follow a GF diet, but have two family members who do

  15. I don't follow a GF diet, but I know friends do and they are always asking if what they are eating is GF.

  16. I don't follow a GF diet, have some family members who do and would love to win this for them


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