This allergy friendly Instant Pot pasta is free of the top 8 allergens, can be ready in under 30 minutes, and with only one pot needed, clean up is a breeze!
Weeknights at our house can be pretty chaotic. Like so many families, we get home from school and work, have a short time to eat something for dinner, and are off to an evening activity. As a dietitian, part of my job includes talking with people about their typical eating pattern including when they eat, what they eat, and even where they eat. Hitting the drive through at the fast food restaurant or grabbing food at the game are typical routines for many families. Convenient? Yes. A healthy daily routine? Hmm...probably not. Realistic for food allergy families? Also probably not.
I tend to avoid falling back on dining out as a dinner option. It's just too stressful knowing what is safe and what isn't. Again, as a dietitian, I also care about giving my family a balanced meal and there aren't a lot of fast food restaurants that can provide that, especially for someone with dietary restrictions. So, quick meals are a must!
Allergy Friendly Fast Food
On weeknights, quick and easy is the name of the game. This allergy friendly one pot pasta dish fits the bill! In fact, it is so quick and easy that my boys (now 13 and 15) can have dinner ready before I walk in the door. As for my husband, I haven't handed over the recipe to him yet (he's more the griller at our house) but I think he could make this, too!
Get Yourself an Instant Pot
I make this allergy friendly pasta recipe in my trusty Instant Pot. What's an Instant Pot, you ask? Technically, it is a pressure cooker. But it's more than that - it's a magical kitchen appliance that makes dinner in one pot! And it's really fast! I love kitchen gadgets but was hesitant to get one of these because, who has room for all of these kitchen appliances anyway? Well, I snatched a 6 quart Instant Pot up on sale at Amazon and my life hasn't been the same since. Seriously, just get one. And when you get one, don't let it sit in the box because you fear that it will explode in your kitchen. It won't! But it will make dinner really, really fast!
Take it on the Road
When we travel, I do a lot of planning around meals. In my opinion, dining out can be more of a hassle than packing "safe" food, especially when traveling to smaller towns that don't have a lot of restaurant options.
Last fall, we went on a quick weekend getaway to Lake Superior's North Shore. It is one of our favorite places to visit because it is so beautiful and there are tons of great trails to hike. Sometimes we camp, but on this trip we stayed in a hotel. Instead of trying to order a safe meal from one of the mom and pop restaurants in town, I packed our trusty Instant Pot, a jar of pasta sauce, half a bag of noodles and threw some frozen ground turkey in the cooler with some other meal essentials. After a fun day of hiking, we went back to the hotel and threw this dish together. It's easy to prepare and clean up - even in a hotel room! I brought a plastic container for leftovers which we could keep in our kitchenette refrigerator until we left the next day.
This would also be a great dish to make for a pot luck (make it and serve it in the same pot!) or when staying with family.
This dish does cover all of the bases. Ground turkey is a healthy protein that is low in saturated fat. Gluten free pasta is usually made with a whole grain such as brown rice making it a healthy carbohydrate choice. And the tomato sauce also typically includes some vegetables as well. To make this meal even more well-rounded, serve it with a tossed salad or steamed vegetable.
Enjoy having dinner on the table fast!
Allergy Friendly Instant Pot Pasta
- Pressure cooker/Instant Pot
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 24 ounce jar pasta sauce of your choice
- 1-1/2 cups water 1/2 of the pasta sauce jar
- 8 ounces gluten free pasta 1/2 of a 16 ounce bag (we like rotini or penne)
- fresh basil, chopped (optional)
- Place the ground turkey in the Instant Pot and turn on the saute setting. Cook the turkey until browned. Turn the Instant Pot off and add the pasta sauce, water, and pasta. Stir well.
- Place the cover on the Instant Pot and lock, making sure the steam release valve is set to "sealing". Select manual, high pressure, and set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
- When cooking time is done, quick-release the pressure by moving the steam release valve to "venting". When pressure is completely released, remove the cover. Serve with basil garnish if desired.