pasta bruschetta (gf)

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Last night I made something new and photographed it for the first time since Sophie’s arrived. I’ve mentioned before, but Sophie’s doctor has me on a very bland diet, and it’s been hard enough to find anything TO eat, let alone something NEW to eat.

Off limits: dairy, chocolate, tomatoes/tomato products, citrus fruits, onions, garlic, peppers, broccoli, spicy things, and more.

Pretty much everything I have on my “to try” list includes at least one of the verboten foods, so it’s been eggs, fruits (minus citrus), salad, bread, peanut butter, and cereal for the last three weeks. The good news is that I’ve discovered almond milk, which took me about 3 days to get used to. After the initial adjustment, I really like it. Someday when chocolate is in the cards again, I can’t wait to try the chocolate flavor, but for now I stick with the plain and vanilla. Both are delicious.

Anyway, since Sophie’s medication seems to have stabilized her stomach troubles, the doctor has given me the go-ahead to start adding foods back in one food at a time. Unfortunately, dairy is last on the list to try, but this week I’m giving tomatoes a go. Next week is onions and garlic. We’ll go from there, but I have my fingers, toes, and eyes crossed that re-introducing foods goes well.

So what did I make? Pasta, of course.


So, I more or less made this up, but basically, I threw together my favorite bruschetta ingredients (minus garlic), and added bacon, which (as we all know) makes everything better.

It was SO nice to eat such a delicious, flavorful dinner! I liked how fresh the pasta tasted with the uncooked tomatoes and lots of fresh basil. I’m SURE it would be incredible with garlic and a sprinkling of parmesan, but it was really good as it was. It was great paired with fresh fruit and warm bread.

The jury is out on whether Sophie’s stomach likes tomatoes (she was fussy last night but had been having trouble sleeping, so it’s hard to say whether she was fussy from being tired or fussy from dinner). Still, I’m optimistic that at least SOME of the foods on the off-limits list will be back in my diet soon. Cheers!

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Pasta Bruschetta

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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Yield: 4 1x


I like to use Hormel Naturals or Applegate uncured bacon. Use your favorite!


  • 8oz spaghetti (use gluten free, if necessary)
  • 68 slices bacon, diced (be sure bacon is gluten free, if needed)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4c loosely-packed fresh basil, minced
  • 23 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, plus more to taste
  • coarse salt and pepper


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain. While pasta is boiling, cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Drain bacon fat.
  2. Add cooked/drained pasta to the skillet with the bacon. Stir in tomatoes, basil, vinegar, and olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with additional basil, if desired.
  3. Add more vinegar and oil to taste.


  1. I’m so glad you posted this Em! Robby and I had a bruschetta pasta at some restaurant or other a while back and I’ve been wanting to make it for us again ever since we got married. Now I have a recipe to follow! 🙂 *Happy Dance*
    I hope the Food Reintroduction goes well for you and Sophie. Love you!

  2. I don’t know if you are in utah are arizona or I could be completely off and you are totally no were near either but in arizona almond milk in on sale for $1.99 they also have those blinkie coupon things right next to it (the ones you pull out and a new one pops out for the next person) taking off $.55 or if frys round it up which they usually do it will make it .99 since for the almond milk and frys. Just thought you may like to know:) the pasta looks so yummy. Can’t wait to try it.

  3. Welcome back to the food blogging world, Emily! Given your diet, I’m surprised you’re still able to cook at all but I’m glad you seem to be finding a way to incorporate foods back in slowly but surely. Here’s hoping Sophie takes the transition well. 🙂 This pasta dish looks delicious, and so colorful and flavorful! Wonderful job.

  4. Oh, I am so sorry you have to be on that fun diet. I had to do that with all my babies. I pretty much ate waffles for every meal. Or crackers. Or dry rice. I wasn’t very creative, I guess. Yuck. Good luck, and congratulations on your sweet little Sophie. Does she look like your husband, or is it just me?

  5. Yay, you’re back! 🙂 You will amaze yourself at just how settled you are into your new life and routine, by the time Miss Sophie is 3 months old. It’s what I like to call the end of ‘The Trimester OUT of the Womb’. 🙂

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