Let this glorious low FODMAP pork with lemon butter pasta dish be a reminder to you that super delicious food doesn’t need to be complicated. All you need is a couple of pantry staples.
Get the basics right - you can normally find garlic infused oil, lemon, butter/spread, and low FODMAP milk somewhere between your fridge and your pantry.
These ingredients when combined with some fresh veggies, some pork sausages and your favourite pasta can create a magical meal in minutes.
FODMAP note on sausages: In this dish we used pork sausages but you could use lamb or beef instead. Low FODMAP sausages that don’t contain onion or garlic do exist - you just have to go hunting for them. If you are struggling to find them then pop into your local butcher and ask them to make you a batch (some supermarkets can do this for you too - you just need to place an order in advance).
FODMAP note on pasta: Choose a gluten free pasta that doesn't contain soy flour, lentil flour, gram flour, besan flour or chickpea flour.
Check that the cornflour (corn starch) is made from maize and not wheat.
Garlic infused oil is normally found in the oil section of your local supermarket or you can buy it online. It should be clear with no floating bits of garlic.
You can also make garlic infused oil at home by frying garlic cloves in cooking oil until they are golden and fragrant, then remove and discard the garlic before you continue cooking your meal. This is a low FODMAP way to capture the garlic flavour as the fructans can't leach into the oil.
Make sure you buy a leek that has long green leaves (this is the low FODMAP part), as you can’t use the white/light green leek bulb (this part is high FODMAP). Once you've finished harvesting the leaves place the leek in a glass of water on a window sill and the leaves will reshoot so you can harvest them again.
Choose gluten free pasta, not spelt or wheat based pasta as these can be high FODMAP. Also avoid pasta products that have added high FODMAP ingredients like inulin, soy flour, lupin flour, and amaranth flour.
If some of your household are not low FODMAP or gluten free then you can cook them normal pasta, however make sure you cook it separately.
Make your lemon juice and lemon zest from fresh lemon.
Low FODMAP milk options include lactose free milk, almond milk, hemp milk, macadamia milk, quinoa milk, rice milk (3/4 cup or less per serve), soy milk made from soy protein (not whole or hulled soybeans), UHT coconut milk (1/2 cup or less per serve).
Make sure your low FODMAP milk does not include high FODMAP ingredients like inulin (chicory root), agave syrup, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, or honey.
If using a dairy free alternative choose one that contains 120mg of calcium per 100ml serve, and 3g of protein per 100ml serve (this info is in the nutrition label).
Broccoli heads (these are also known as florets) are low FODMAP in ¾ cup servings according to Monash University. Just avoid larger servings as these can become high FODMAP.
There are no gluten free tips for this recipe.
Use a dairy free spread or olive oil spread instead of butter. Butter is considered low FODMAP.
In 2013, Alana was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. She also suffers from coeliac disease, is allergic to nuts and is intolerant to dairy products. This means she understands how difficult it can be to cook with multiple food intolerances. Her exp... Read More
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