Sunday, November 6, 2016

{Gluten-Free} Pasta al Pomodoro + Spadles #DreamFarm #Sponsor #Giveaway

With the time changing this weekend (you remembered, right?!?), Autumn is officially here. And that means it's time for soups, comforting stews, and hearty pastas! 

Dreamfarm sent me their Spadle and Holey Spadle to try out and review.* By the way...

Spadle = SPOON + LADLE

Read more about the spadle on the Dreamfarm website: here. And about the holey spadle here.

{Gluten-Free} Pasta al Pomodoro

On Friday night, at the end of a busy week, I whipped up a quick pasta dinner for the boys before I headed out for a girls' night. This is so easy, you can have dinner on the table in less than an hour.


  • olive oil + more for serving
  • 1 medium organic white onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 C tomatoes (you can use diced, or sauce, I used my Roasted Tomato Sauce)
  • 1/4 C red wine
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 package pasta (I used gluten-free spaghetti)
  • cheese for grating for the top (I used pecorino because that's what I had in the fridge)

Heat olive oil in a large, flat bottom pan. Add onion and cook until softened and translucent, approximately 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add crushed red pepper flakes. Pour in tomatoes and red wine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens slightly, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. While the sauce is cooking, boil the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, but reserve 1/4 C of the cooking water.

Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper, as needed. Spoon the cooked pasta into the sauce, stirring in the cooking water if it's too thick. Add a splash of olive oil - just to make it glossy. Toss to coat.

Serve immediately with cheese on the side. 

What I loved...
The spadle and the holey spadle - like all of Dreamfarm's items - are colorful and hardy. It took me a little while to figure out why the handles rotate the way that they do. With traditional tools, you just adjust your movements; but with these, you can adjust the spadle to make it easier to get into pots. 

And, as you can see below, you can adjust the handle to rest on the edge of the pan. That gives the spoon a lower profile and makes it less likely to be knocked and flung across the table. I speak from experience; this is a very good thing!

The boys commented that it has a wider scoop than other spoons and ladle. That means they can get even more food onto their plates as they serve themselves. My growing boys were happy about that.

Additionally, the color is vibrant and super cute. Okay, I know that that doesn't have anything to do with its functionality. But it does make it less utilitarian-looking. 

*Disclosure: I received complimentary items from Dreamfarm for the purpose of review and the opportunity to giveaway a set as well. Comments are 100% accurate and 100% my own. I have received no additional compensation for this post. *

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