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Product Review & Giveaway: Heartland Pasta

Heartland Pasta is another gluten-free pasta on the gluten-free market. The pasta is made from corn & rice and matches the color, flavor, texture and performance of “regular” pasta. The pasta comes in 3 different shapes – penne, fusilli and spaghetti.

I received a sample package of the Heartland Spaghetti and used it for our “pasta with marinara” dinner the other night. The kids raved about the pasta. It cooked quickly and didn’t have any odd texture or flavor. The pasta was not sticky in the least like I have found with some other gluten-free pastas. I was able to save the leftover pasta in the fridge, reheat and you would have never been able to tell had I not known.

Heartland makes regular, gluten-filled pasta in addition to gluten-free pasta. I know what you are all thinking, what about cross-contamination? This is the information taken directly from the Heartland website:

On the Heartland Gluten Free package, there’s a statement, “Processed in a facility that uses wheat and egg.” I am allergic to wheat, is this product safe for me to eat?

We follow the proposed rule in the Federal Register (72 FR 7295) that tests for gluten at the 20ppm level. While we do not have dedicated equipment for our Gluten Free pasta, we have a very detailed protocol in place to prevent cross contamination to ensure safety for consumption. Before we produce any Gluten Free pasta, a thorough cleaning of all equipment and surfaces occurs. In addition, several swab tests are done of primary surfaces to ensure the cleaning was done properly and safe to produce the Gluten Free pasta. The gluten level of the product is also verified to ensure that it does not exceed 20 ppm.

Where can Heartland Gluten-Free Pasta be found? Check the product locator to see if you can find it close to you. Can’t find it by you? No worries, I am partnering with Heartland Pasta to give away 5 sample packages to 5 lucky readers! Are you excited? Here is what you have to do to enter:

Mandatory:

1. Leave a comment telling me what you would make with your Heartland Gluten-Free Pasta

Bonus Entries – 1 extra entry per comment

2. Follow me on Twitter

3. “Like” Gluten-free is Life on Facebook

4. Blog about this contest & link back OR Tweet including @kbouldin

Good luck! The contest will end Wednesday at midnight!

I will leave you now with a recipe from Heartland.

Gluten-free Spaghetti with Peppers & Sausage

Ingredients:
12 oz. Heartland Gluten Free Spaghetti
20 oz. sweet lean Italian turkey sausage links, cooked and sliced into bite-sized pieces
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup onion, chopped
2 green bell peppers, diced
2 (14.5 oz.) cans of Italian-style tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup tomato paste
6 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, optional
Fresh basil leaves to garnish, optional

Directions:
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, cover and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and peppers; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and cooked sausage; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes or to desired consistency.

Serve over hot pasta. Sprinkle with cheese and garnish with basil, if desired.

***I received the samples mentioned in this post and for this giveaway courtesy of Heartland Pasta. The views in this post are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

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