Pasta Pizza + Gluten-free Italian Foods Giveaway

Thank you everyone for participating! Jessica N has been randomly selected as the winner, from this entry. Congratulations Jessica!


When I find a product that I love, I stick to it. Very rarely will I go searching for a replacement to said product if I already have one in my life that makes me happy. This rule especially holds true for gluten-free products.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned since going gluten-free, it’s that when you find a gluten-free product that’s not chalky, filled with garbage ingredients and doesn’t look strange, you hold on to it. Things like snack bars, cereals, pastas, and crackers may seem simple enough to make gluten-free, but there are a whole lot of companies out there that cut corners, have low standards, or just really bad taste testers!

When DeLallo Foods; an authentic Italian foods company, asked if I’d be open to testing out their new line of gluten-free pastas, I was a bit hesitant. In all of the years I’ve been gluten-free, I’ve only come across one gluten-free pasta that was comparable to the real thing. Why mess with a good thing?

But you’d figure if anyone knows how to make gluten-free pasta it’d be the Italians, right?

I’m happy I trusted my logic on this one. Italians know how to make their pastas, gluten-free or otherwise!

DeLallo Foods has two types of gluten-free pastas:

  • Corn & rice: made from a combination of 70% corn flour and 30% rice flour
  • Whole grain brown rice: made from 100% whole grain brown rice flour

Having tried both, I liked the corn & rice one better for the taste, but the whole grain brown rice pasta more for the nutrient content. 5 grams of fiber and protein in each serving? Count me in!

With the completion of a successful taste test, I set off to come up with a list of Italian inspired recipes using DeLallo Foods products that were gluten-free, dairy-free, filled with whole foods, and made from the freshest of ingredients. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be sharing some of these creations with you and the DeLallo team, writing about gluten-free living on their blog and having a good time eating all of the yummy products they sent over ;)

What better way to kick off this exciting new project than with a tasty recipe and a giveaway?

First up on the list; and one of my personal favorites, is pasta pizza. I relied on this dish quite heavily when I was living on my own, going to school, and holding my first full-time job, all the while trying to support myself financially at the tender age of 17. Times were difficult, money was tight, and elaborate dinners were not a top priority for me. I used to make the pizza with just 4 ingredients: noodles, egg, cheese and tomato sauce. It was filling, delicious, creative, and cheaper than street pizza!

The recipe has changed over time, but the approach remains the same… pasta crust, loads of toppings, delicious results, and lots of leftovers to boot!

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Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Pasta Pizza
Recipe type: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Nut-free
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Serves: 9" pizza, 8 servings
Ditch the flour-based pizza crust and try your hand at a pasta pizza crust – it can hold more toppings than your average pizza!
Pizza crust
Pizza toppings
  1. o roast the garlic, preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Peel away the outer layers of the garlic bulb skin, leaving the skins of the individual cloves intact. Using a knife, cut off ¼-inch off the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic.
  3. Drizzle ½ teaspoon of olive oil on a small piece of aluminum foil and place the garlic head, cut side down, into the oil. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the cloves feel soft when pressed.
  4. Remove from the oven, the foil, and set aside to cool.
  5. Reset oven temperature to 350F and oil a 9″ pie pan, set aside.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare al dente spaghetti according to package directions.
  7. While the pasta is cooking, prepare your sauteed onions – heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a cast iron pan on medium heat. Add onions. Allow to cook for 10 minutes, until golden.
  8. To assemble the pasta crust, add cooked spaghetti, cheese, beaten egg, smashed roasted garlic cloves, and sea salt in a large bowl.
  9. Press mixture into prepared pie pan.
  10. Top crust with basil sauce, sauteed onions, basil leaves, sun dried tomatoes and cheese.
  11. Cover top and cook in the oven for 30 minutes, until egg has set. Remove foil and cook for another 5 minutes, until cheese is slightly golden.
  12. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes, then carefully remove from the pan, or serve as is.
Note: if you’re not sensitive to dairy, a mixture of grated parmesan, mozzarella, and provolone would be nice. If you are, choose lactose-free cheese made from soy like this one, or dairy-free cheese like daiya.

    Roasting the garlic for the pasta crust is a must. It’s easy to do, too. Just cut off the tops of the individual cloves, drop it in some oil, and bake it while you prepare the rest of the recipe.

    While the garlic is roasting, you’ll have more than enough time to cook your pasta, saute the onions and prepare the crust.

    Begin with the beaten egg in a large bowl, add the cheese, cooked pasta and garlic, once it’s ready.

    If you don’t have a food scale, 8 ounces of pasta is about a handful. Stir it all together…

    And place in your prepared pie pan.

    Now the fun begins… load up your toppings! Pasta sauce, sauteed onions, basil, sun dried tomatoes, cheese, get creative!

    Wrap in foil, bake and brace yourself for one tasty gluten-free Italian-inspired dinner!

    I was so impressed with the DeLallo gluten-free line, and even more so by the Italian Gift Collection package they sent alongside their pastas. The basket was filled with sauces, vinegar, oils, risotto, pastas, tomatoes, you name it. And I couldn’t be happier to be offering you all a chance to win your own so you can have just as much fun as I’ve had creating tasty recipes with these DeLallo products.

    The giveaway

    Enter for a chance to win a DeLallo prize pack, valued at over $125 and filled with the following tasty DeLallo products:

    • Arborio Risotto Rice*
    • Basil Pesto*
    • Gluten-Free Elbows (Corn & Rice)
    • Gluten-Free Fusilli (Corn & Rice)
    • Gluten-Free Fusilli (Whole Grain Brown Rice)
    • Gluten-Free Shells (Whole Grain Brown Rice)
    • Gluten-Free Orzo (Corn & Rice)
    • Gluten-Free Penne Rigate (Corn & Rice)
    • Gluten-Free Penne Rigate (Whole Grain Brown Rice)
    • Gluten-Free Spaghetti (Corn & Rice)
    • Gluten-Free Spaghetti (Whole Grain Brown Rice)
    • Golden Balsamic-Style Vinegar
    • Instant Polenta*
    • Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil*
    • Pomodoro Fresco Creamy Vodka Pasta Sauce*
    • Pomodoro Fresco Marinara Pasta Sauce*
    • Pomodoro Fresco Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce*
    • Pomodoro Fresco Spicy Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce*
    • Pomodoro Fresco Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce*
    • Sun-Dried Tomatoes*

    *item is free from gluten ingredients but is not labelled “gluten-free”

    1 winner will be selected.

    Giveaway is open to US residents only.

    How to enter

    Receive up to 6 entries by:

    1. Facebook like DeLallo
    2. Follow DeLallo on Pinterest
    3. Tweet it and while you’re there, follow DeLallo! You could say something like: Win a #glutenfree gift basket valued over $125 from @be_healthful and @delallofoods
    4. Comment: What Italian recipes would you like to see made gluten-free?
    5. Sign up on to be added to their mailing list for exclusive promotions, offers and giveaways!
    6. Subscribe to the Healthful Pursuit RSS feed in your RSS reader or by email

    Please leave a *separate comment* for each entry!

    The giveaway will be open until Sunday August 5 with the winner announced on Monday August 6.

    This post was sponsored by DeLallo Foods. All opinions expressed herein are those of Healthful Pursuit Inc. and are not indicative of the positions or opinions of DeLallo Foods. Thank you for supporting the brands that I believe in and choose to feature here.

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    1. How creative, i would have never thought of making a crust with noodles…and it looks like it stayed together really well!

    2. This pasta pizza looks fantastic! I’d love to see gluten-free toasted ravioli…I used to love that at Olive Garden!

    3. Pasta pizza? Your genius is never-ending!

      My mom’s working on the perfect gluten free lasagna recipe for Christmas this year – so that’s my vote for favorite gluten free pasta recipe!

    4. I love Delallo products. Looking forward to trying this gfree line. There pasta was the only whole wheat version I could stand.

      Followed on FB, twitter and pinterest.

    5. I would like to find a good recipe for gluten-free veggie lasagna. I’ve tried making it a few times, but my noodles are always gummy. I’m not sure if it’s the brand I used or if I made another mistake somewhere along the way.

    6. I don’t like Italian food very much. It’s usually too heavy, rich, and the tomato sauce almost always hurts my tummy. However, I LOVE cheese manicotti with just a drizzle of tomato sauce and lots of fresh basil. That would be the Italian food I most want to see gluten free. Then, a really yeasty crusted pizzeria style Margherita pizza that I can actually make.

    7. Yum! I love that I may finally get to have some of my old Italian favorites once again. I’ve missed them!!

    8. Did you chop up the garlic after roasting? This looks great! – Gluten free manicotti sounds good!

    9. I really miss stuffed shells filled with spinach, garlic, and ricotta. I’m sure that making large pasta shells out of gluten free ingredients is probably quite tricky. But that would be my one wish!

    10. I love a good pasta, but one of my favorite Italian treats is tiramisu. I wonder if a gluten-free lady finger would be as delicious as the original…

    11. Gluten free Italian recipe? I’m with the majority here, a lasagna would be great! but taking it one step further make it vegan !

    12. !!!! THIS IS SO EXCITING! it’s sweet knowing there’s a tasty/nutritious gluten-free pasta out there… i am thinking of cutting out gluten to test for a sensitivity after my trip to Costa Rica this week & rely on products like these!!

      Followed on facebook!

    13. I would love to see a gluten free stroganoff…since the sauce often is thickened with cornstarch or flour.

    14. As far as a recipe goes… a vegan tiramisu. i’m sure it’s out there, but it’s my mom’s favorite dessert, and if i could find a great recipe to be able to make that for her AND for it to be vegan… i’d winner the daughter of the year award! : )

    15. i was also previously subscribed for your blog (wasn’t sure if i needed to comment that or not)


    16. In honor of my daughter, the vegetarian in out family, I would love to see gluten free ravioli. I personally love toasted cheese ravioli. yum. And vegetarian lasagna. :)

    17. That pizza looks yummy, can’t wait to try it. I would love to see a GF cannoli! Yum!

    18. I am making that this week! Looks very yummy. As for a recipe, I’d like to see a gluten free, dairy free mac and cheese that is different than what I have been eating for awhile. I wonder what the secret could be!?! Mac and cheese constitutes as Italian, right ? :)

    19. I’d love to see a crispy garlic bread recipe that tastes like its not GF!

    20. You made my #1 pizza. Yummy, that looks so good. How about a gluten and dairy free stuffed shells?

    21. Yum, I love Italian food so I’d try any GF pasta or Italian inspired recipe.

    22. There’s a mushroom agnolotti made by Bertolli that I so wish was gluten free. I’m bad every once in a while and eat it. It’s just that good.

    23. Leanne, does the producer put the limitations on the giveaway to US residents or is that a decision you have to make? I wish more of your giveaways could include Canadians :(

    24. signed up for your Healthful pursuit feed., love all your gluten free ideas.

    25. Love your pizza idea with the spaghetti base looks great and will have to try that. I still miss my traditional pizza crust that was light and puffy and chewy….wish I could have that again.

    26. gluten free tortellini so i could make (among other things) gluten free stracciatella!! – it’s italian egg drop soup : sauteed onions, broth, spinach, eggs (stirred and dropped in while boiling) and tortellini. best dinner on a cold day :)

      also followed on facebook and pinterest (norgato)

    27. Sure would be nice if the give away was open to Canadians – especially since you are! Seems all the ones I’d like are only open to US.

    28. gluten free lasagna would be nice. I was not a big fan of itialian food before i had to go gluten free, but my husband and kid are. So a couple nice pastas i could eat with them would be wonderful.

    29. subscribed via email

      oh and i followed on twitter as well as tweeted.. forgot to say that in the last one :)

    30. I haven’t seen these in my store but I am definately looking. i am assuming it will be in the regular section since its not labled gluten free. thanks for testing this for us.

    31. 1) I agree with your assessment that the Italians should know how to make GF pasta. I’ve heard that in Italy, and Europe in general, people on gluten-free diets rate their quality of life MUCH higher than those in the US (I’m not sure where Canada stands though.) This is because it’s just so much more common to find GF foods in stores and restaurants. Good quality GF foods, in fact.

      2) This just brought back great memories! My mom made this only we called it “spaghetti pie.” I think it’s gonna have to make a comeback in my house. I am definitely craving comfort food lately!

    32. That looks great, I haven’t tried DeLallo GF pasta, but sure would like to! Thanks and I love lasagna so that would be my GF request!

    33. thanks for holding this giveaway! SO EXCITING to so many of my favorite Italian foods accessible to me again! once dish i would love to see gluten-fied is the cannoli. it’s my favorite dessert!

    34. Signed up for the DeLallo website… So excited to hear about a good Italian Gluten Free line! Been looking for a good one for a few years now. :)

    35. Now following DeLallo on Pinterest… excited to get some good recipes from their pinboards!

    36. Much like comments below, I would LOVE to have a good recipe for gluten free lasagna! Or a gluten free gnocchi would be great as well. Would love to win a gluten free basket to start fresh in my new apartment that I move into this weekend!!

    37. I haven’t had orzo since going gluten free. I would love to see me orzo recipes.

    38. I’d like to see a GF pizza with a super thick crust.. is that even possible!?

    39. I am suscribed by e-mail… and oh, I’d love to see GF mozzarella sticks! I used to be addicted to mozz. sticks… would love a healthy version that tastes just as good.

    40. Eggplant parmesan is a great one to be seen made gluten free! Also, my son likes any kinda of pasta with seafood, a gluten-free recipe for that would be nice!

    41. what Italian recipes would I like to see gluten free? A BAGUETTE. like, real honest to goodness baguette. ;) Mmm…

    42. So sad this contest isn’t open to Canadians… :-( Love your blog and your terrific recipes.

    43. I would love to try some of the products shown on your blog, but I don’t know if they are available in Canada. They would be a great treat, we have other gluten-free pasta and I have found that many of the Asian brands of rice noodles are OK, but I would like a good cannelloni or other pasta that can be stuffed. I shall be looking for this brand at my local gluten-free stores.

    44. I’d lIke to see lasagna and garlic bread made over…….do the have pasta sheets at delallos? Il have to look next time I’m in!

    45. I’m a frequent shopper at DeLallos……does that count as an extra entry to?

    46. I tweeted this giveaway (@livelocaliveraw) and now follow DeLallo on Twitter

    47. It’s so hard to resist a gooey and cheesy lasagna! I would love a gluten-free one! It works fairly well with brown rice noodles!

    48. I already get Healthful Pursuit blog posts through RSS feed in my Google Reader

    49. I’d love to see gluten free ciabatta bread what tastes like the real deal
      Thank you for hosting this giveaway

      pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

    50. What a great idea for a pizza crust. I can’t wait to try this…hopefully with Delallo noodles and sauce!!

      • Yes, sorry Catherine! Some of the companies that offer items for the blog either don’t have their products in Canada yet, or the shipping is too costly to bring it into Canada. I’m posting giveaways all the time, and hope that the next one offered will include Canada, too!

    51. I subscribed to Healthful Pursuit by email (for the nth time because you are awesome, Leeann!)

    52. I would love to see a gluten free, SOY-free, egg-free, dairy-free (anything other than Daiya…it is good but not all that nutritious) vegan lasagna manicotti, stuffed shells!

    53. Did it all. A recipe I would like to see gluten free is a Calzone!!! I know it isn’t pasta, but it is Italian! ;o)

    54. I am so excited about these, have been trying to get my friends to try rice make products, I have Lyme and have had for a while so I have been changing over..Thankyou so much!!!!!!! Do I have to fil out another email notice if I already have email coming to my mail, to win this??

      • Hi Bonnie, you do not need to fill out another email notice. If you’re subscribed and you’ve commented on the giveaway (which you have), you’re entered! Good luck :)

    55. Loved the recipe you posted! A gluten-free lasagna would be great to try too. Thanks Leanne!

    56. Thank you so much for posting these great tips You have pretty much debunked every excuse I have for not making my own pizza at home. This is an awesome recipe :)

    57. I’d love a great GF Foccacia or other Italian bread that would be fitting a fine bruschetta.

    58. Great giveaway, very sad that I can’t enter because I’m Canadian.
      Given that you are a Canadian as well maybe you can convince these gigantic international
      companies that these types of promos should be open to all your readers; I’m pretty sure they can afford
      to ship anywhere!

      • Thanks for your feedback, Coralee. I post at least 1 giveaway every 2 months and have tried my very hardest to make sure they’re available to everyone. I hope you understand :) Stay on the lookout for the next one which I’m hoping will include Canada!

    59. am enjoying your website and recipes, especially GF, and happy to know about the DeLallo products. Can’t wait to make the GF Pizza Pie you just posted. Mouth watering already!

    60. i subscribe to you blog via email

      katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

    61. i would love to see gluten free cannoli :) YUM

      katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

    62. I am not living a gluten-free life, but am happy for those who are that more and more recipes and products are being made available to them!

    63. Leanna
      This is very similar to an old cafeteria fav (back in the day when I was just out of college it was a splurge to eat at the hospital cafeteria with my coworkers rather than eat a sack lunch!) called spaghetti pie, in which a noodle crust encircled a tomato sauce cottage cheese mozzarella mix. I recently remembered this recipe and was thinking that my kids would love it, but I no longer can do eggs (which were in the filling as well as pasta). I’m sure there is a good way to stick the noodles together with starch or such, but lacking the time to experiment I haven’t tried. Do you have a suggestion? I’d love to make this!
      I’d also love to win some noodles–haven’t seen these before and am always up for trying something new.

      • Hi Ann – I like the name spaghetti pie, it’s cute! You can try holding it together with a bit of flour, water and cheese (dairy or non-dairy). Another thing that would help is if you used a pasta like fusilli. Would hold together better than spaghetti. Hope that helps!

    64. I would love to see a variety of gluten free pasta like spinach flavored, sun-dried tomatoe pasta, or gluten free raviolis that would be delicious!

    65. I adore Penne, so basically any recipe with Penne I would like to see gluten free.

    66. Nice! BF is gluten free, and he’d probably love a good focaccia bread, and would also love a good gluten free ravioli.

    67. I would love to see a nice gluten free lasagna. :) dairy free would be nice too!

    68. For me, there are so many wonderful gluten free options for Italian cooking. What I miss most is anything with ricotta as I can’t have any type of dairy and I haven’t found a good substitute. Raviolis, manacotti, and lasagna are especially missed!

    69. I like DeLallo on Facebook (Carolsue Anderson)
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    70. I follow DeLallo on Pinterest as cezovski9
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    71. I subscribe to DeLallo’s newsletter via e-mail.
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    72. I subscribe to YOUR newsletter via e-mail.
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    73. Though our noodles didn’t stick together as well as your photo portrays, this was still seriously the best dinner I have ever made! Thank you thank you for adding an affordable, easy and delicious dinner to my repertoire!

      • Hi Lauren – I’m glad you liked the pasta pizza! Weird that it didn’t stick together for you. Perhaps next time, cook it just a bit longer to make sure the egg is fully cooked. Great that you liked it :)

    74. I’m excited to try this out. Wonder if I can make it without the cheese since I”m not a huge fan of the dairy free stuff…

      Would love to see new recipes like this that use Italian ingredients in different ways!

    75. I’d love to see a GF recipe for Tiramisu. It is my greatest nemesis at an Italian restaurant.

    76. wow! What a great giveaway. My husband made a delicious farmers market inspired lasagna yesterday and I am excited to try to make a gluten free and dairy free version soon. I’ve been dairy free for years. Gluten free is still a bit new to me.
      Thanks for your super awesome website. I really love it and have tried lots of your recipes. They are always popular with anyone who’s lucky enough to snag one before I eat all of it/them! :)

    77. I Subscribe to the Healthful Pursuit via email
      jackievillano at gmail dot com

    78. With my sisters boyfriend having celiacs disease, pasta is one of the hardest things for him! But he would really love to be able to have desserts and such that are more commonly gluten free

    79. this recipe looks amazing – such an interesting spin on classic pizza! reminds me a lot like the japanese pizza recipe i tried a while back from 101 cookbooks! I love how adaptable recipes like this are. Can’t wait to try it with the DeLallo products!

    80. I would love to see a gluten-free lasagna. I miss a good, homemade lasagna.

    81. I was already signed up for Healthful Pursuit (and I like them on Facebook).

    82. Hey! This recipe looks great, and I was curious…..could one use a spaghetti squash in place of the GF pasta? I imagine I could roast the squash and use the insides exactly as posted in the recipe…..experiment time!!!

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