Perfect Penne With Pesto (Gluten-Free!)

Simple, yet classic — what more could you need? Made with brown rice pasta and only seven ingredients, this flavorful penne and pesto is a perfectly healthy and filling meal.

Perfect Penne with Pesto
Serves 4


  • 8 oz. gluten-free brown rice penne pasta
  • 2 cups basil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Cook pasta according to package directions.

In a food processor, pulse pine nuts until finely ground.

Add basil, garlic, salt and pepper, and pulse until finely chopped.

Slowly pour in olive oil as you pulse.

Transfer pesto to a bowl and toss with penne.

Recipe adapted with permission from Healthy You! 14 Days to Quick and Permanent Weight Loss and a Healthier, Happier You.