Penne and Meatball Soup

penne and meatball soup recipe

Penne and Meatball Soup


  • 1 L Pacific Organic tomato soup
  • 236 ml 1 small container (236ml) Pacific Organic chicken broth
  • 1 box Chickapea pasta
  • 1 pkg lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp finely chopped jalapeños
  • 2 tsp chile powder or glutenfree taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp chile powder or glutenfree taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried thyme

Optional soup toppings:

  • fresh cilantro, sliced avocado, fresh lime.
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  • In a medium bowl combine the ground beef, jalapeños, chile powder and green onions.
  • Mix well.
  • Form meat into meatballs.
  • Place meatballs onto the lined cookie sheet and bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.
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penne and meatball soup recipe

I was recently sent a few boxes of Chickapea pasta to try and was also asked to come up with a new recipe using the organic chickpea and lentil pasta.

Chickapea pasta was created by Shelby Taylor, who created this pasta after seeing a need in the marketplace for a nutritious and convenient food. “Our mission is to bridge the gap between health and convenience- starting with Chickapea” says Taylor.

chickpea pasta

Chickapea pasta is made with only 2 ingredients – organic chickpeas and red lentils.

It has no added sugar, salt or ingredients you cannot pronounce.

It is glutenfree, vegan, organic, kosher and comes packed with 27 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber.

This all sounds pretty good, right?

Check out their website for more information on what stores are carrying it and also links to recipes to try.

I decided to come up with a recipe with a twist on a classic Italian recipe.

Instead of spaghetti and meatballs I made penne and meatball soup- Mexican style.

I added chile spices to the soup base as well as topped my soup with sliced avocado, a slice of jalapeño and a squeeze of lime.

penne and meatball soup recipe


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penne and meatball soup recipe

Gluten-Free Moroccan Vegetable Soup

gluten free morrocan vegetables soup recipe

Is it something you make on a regular basis in your house?
Are you a canned soup person or is it always homemade.
Being gluten free, I pretty much stick to homemade soup, however there are more and more gluten free canned soups out there in the marketplace.
Soup to me is a quick and easy supper. It is something I can just whip up with whatever vegetables I have in my fridge.
One of the techniques I use to make a flavourful soup is to sauté most of the vegetables and dried herbs in a bit of oil for a few minutes before I add the stock.
Cooking the dried herbs really brings out their flavour.You want to do this on a low heat though for you can easily burn the herbs and that means starting the process all over again.
Adding different spices to your vegetables also changes the soup without changing any of the vegetables. For instance, adding chile pepper to the pot lends itself to more mexican spicy flavours, or adding cumin, tumeric, curry powder lends to a more Indian soup.
This soup today uses a lot of warm spices like cumin, smoked paprika, tumeric and cinnamon. Yes, cinnamon is great in soup.
I did not include any meat in this soup but instead added canned chickpeas and lentils which makes this soup much hardier.

Gluten-Free Moroccan Vegetable Soup


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red chile pepper, finely chopped or 1 Tbsp sriracha
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds, not cumin powder
  • 2 tsp good quality cinnamon
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped into small cubes
  • 1 can (398 ml) tomato sauce
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1-2 Litres of gluten free vegetable stock


  • In a large stock pot add the olive oil, shallot, celery, chile pepper and carrots and sauté on low for 5 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and ginger and sauté for a few minutes and stir.
  • Add the dried spices (cumin, cinnamon, paprikas and turmeric) and stir and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add the bay leaves, vegetable stock, tomato sauce, chopped sweet potato, chickpeas and lentils and turn heat up to medium/high for 5 minutes.
  • Turn heat to low, cover pot and let cook on stove for an hour.
  • Serve in bowls.
  • Enjoy!
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gluten free morrocan vegetables soup recipe
gluten free morrocan vegetables soup recipe

Gluten Free Pho Soup

gluten free dairy free pho recipe
gluten free dairy free pho recipe

Have you ever had Pho soup?
Right now it seems to be the it thing, but I’ve enjoyed this soup for quite awhile on cold winter days at our local vietnamese restaurant.
It is very flavourful broth type soup that can sometimes, if you do not ask, have quite a bit of heat to it.
I myself do not like things overly spicy. I like spicy. I use Sriracha all the time and chiles in my cooking but I do not want to tear up when I am eating.
That’s too spicy for me.
Pho soup seems to have so many different ingredients in it but I wanted to find a way to make this soup easy to do.
Yes, the ingredients are a bit unusual but most of the ingredients can be found in the grocery stores now.

I’ve ** the ones that are harder to get. I found them at an asian grocery store in my area.
This base of this soup is made in a slow cooker and once the broth is finished cooking this soup takes no time to serve up.
I used leftover chicken breasts that I had in the fridge and the rice noodles only take minutes to prepare.

If you want a low carb or paleo option for this soup I found sweet potato starch noodles in the asian grocery store. They taste great and are so much lower in carbs than regular rice vermicelli noodles.

gluten free dairy free pho recipe

I do hope you give this recipe a try

Gluten Free Pho Soup


  • 1 Litre gluten free chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 4 star anise
  • 4 whole cloves (not ground but whole)
  • 2 inch slice fresh ginger
  • 2-4 thai chile peppers
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 inch piece fresh lemongrass
  • 4-5 fresh lime leaves**
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cooked and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 package sweet potato starch noodles** (can use rice vermicelli noodles instead)
  • Soup Garnishes:
  • spiralized or shredded carrots
  • chopped green onions
  • bean sprouts
  • thai basil**
  • slices of jalapeño


  • Place broth, water, shallot, garlic, star anise, cloves, ginger, chile peppers, cinnamon stick, lemongrass and lime leaves in a slow cooker.
  • Cook on low heat, covered for 4-5 hours.
  • Remove the star anise, cloves, lemongrass, lime leaves, chile peppers, ginger and cinnamon stick from broth.
  • Add the fish sauce and turn heat to warm until you have the rest of the soup ingredients ready.
  • Cook noodles according to package directions.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • Prepare the soup garnishes in small bowls for people to choose from.
  • To serve soup, fill bowls halfway with cooked rice noodles.
  • Top with hot broth and then sliced cooked chicken.
  • Top with optional soup garnishes.
  • Enjoy!
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gluten free dairy free pho recipe
gluten free dairy free pho recipe

5 Cozy Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Looking for other delicious gluten free Thanksgiving recipes your friends and family will love? Here are 36 other recipes to try!

Canadian Thanksgiving is almost here, so I thought I’d put together 5 of my favorite gluten free thanksgiving recipes for you!

Recipe: Gluten Free Pie Crust

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Recipe: Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Coconut Soup

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Recipe: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Sausage Kale Pesto Crostini

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Recipe: Gluten Free Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

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Recipe: Gluten Free Dairy Free Carrot Cake

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