This gluten free Italian pasta bake with roasted garlic tastes like you ordered it from your local fancy-dancy Mediterranean restaurant. The perfect dish for warming your home – and making it smell all garlicky-delicious – this gluten free casserole’s sky-high flavor comes from freshly roasted garlic and whole basil leaves. It’s also lower carb, with only 6 ounces of cooked GF elbow noodles in the whole, 4-person dish. Yum and yay!!
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Roasted Garlic Makes Me Sooo Happy. Yep…
Each week, I carefully select a few garlic heads from my local produce market to bring home and obsess over. Just like the ‘trinity’ and potatoes, I use garlic in almost every recipe that I develop.
Truth be told, I have been known to peel and eat whole raw garlic cloves without blinking an eye. When nobody’s looking, I sometimes eat jarred minced garlic with a spoon, loving the way the mushy garlic bits in garlic juice taste and feel on my tongue.
But, if I had to eat garlic one way for the rest of my life, I would eat it roasted. I love the smell of roasting garlic. I love the taste of roasted garlic. And, I love, love, love how roasted garlic makes every dish you put it in taste all that much better. Yep.
The other day, I noticed a few of Mark’s basil plants were flourishing in their garden bed, even though we are well into the autumn season. I guess nobody told the south Louisiana weather it was fall again this year (sigh), because Mark actually pulled up the basil he planted in the spring weeks ago. But, a few plants grew right back, with leaves all big and beautiful and ripe for picking.
So, after obsessing over the garlic head in the pic above, I decided an Italian pasta bake with roasted garlic and fresh basil leaves was just what Mark and I needed for dinner.
Gluten Free Italian Pasta Bake With Roasted Garlic is Yum to The Tum, Y’all
I started the dish by roasting the garlic head. Once that was in the oven, I got my basic Bolognese sauce going. Then, I added a can of Rotel tomatoes to the sauce, and cooked it down a bit before adding the freshly roasted garlic to it:
Then, I coated the bottom of an antique glass baking dish with a little of the sauce, and about 3 ounces of the gluten free pasta:
Next, I added more sauce, a layer of fresh basil leaves, and lots of grated mozzarella and Asiago/Parmesan to the mix:
Finally, I made another layer of the remaining ingredients, and topped it off with a hefty spoonful of sauce and cheese. I also couldn’t resist adding a few basil leaves on top for fun and a beautiful pop of green:
And then I baked it for 30 minutes:
As soon as it came out of the oven, Mark and I made our plates faster than Superman could leap a tall building in a single bound. Then, once we tasted how awesome it was, we enjoyed a comfortably silent dinner until our bowls were totally empty. Mark even said that this was one of the best things I’ve EVER cooked. So, a big YEP and a screaming loud YAY for ooh sooo good gluten free Italian pasta bake with roasted garlic!!! Enjoy with your favorite super hero human, and see y’all on the yum side…
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Gluten Free Roasted Garlic & Basil Italian Pasta Bake
- 1 large head garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 green bell pepper chopped
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 4 to 6 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons dried basil divided
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley divided
- salt pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste
- 1½ pounds ground beef
- 2½ cups gluten free tomato sauce
- 1 10- ounce can Rotel tomatoes drained
- 6 ounces cooked gluten free elbow noodles
- 15 to 24 fresh basil leaves
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup Asiago cheese or Parmesan cheese or a blend of both
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Peel the outer layers off of the garlic bulb. Use a sharp knife to cut about ½ inch of the top of the head off. Place it on top of a piece of aluminum foil that is large enough to cover the whole head.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the exposed cloves. Season with the SP&C.
- Wrap the garlic head in the foil, and place it atop a sheet pan.
- Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, or until the garlic is soft and browned. Cool, and remove individual cloves.
- Prepare the Bolognese sauce by browning the 'trinity' of onion, green bell pepper, and celery in the olive oil.
- Add the remaining ingredients, except for the gluten free elbow noodles to the sauce. Cook for about 30 minutes. Stir the roasted garlic into the Bolognese sauce. Remove from heat.
- Spoon about 2 tablespoons of sauce over the bottom of a greased baking dish.
- Cover with 1/3 of the noodles.
- Layer the sauce, basil leaves, remaining noodles, and cheese blend until all ingredients are used. (I created two layers, finished off with a sauce and cheese topping.)
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cheese melts and the casserole is bubbly.