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Gluten-free pasta with vegetables

Vegan meal of quinoa and rice pasta tossed with vegetables and a bit of chili heat
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: #greeklentenrecipes, gluten free, gluten free pasta, greek vegan desserts, Mia Kouppa, Mia Kouppa Nistisima, pasta with vegetables
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Mia Kouppa

Ingredients

  • 227 grams quinoa and rice pasta we use the GoGo Quinoa brand
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes use 1/2 teaspoon if you want less heat
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced into strips
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced zucchini (cut into half crescents) about 1 medium zucchini
  • 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 5 ounces fresh spinach
  • salt to taste, optional

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the salt and then cook the pasta according to the package directions. When your pasta is cooked, drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, add the olive oil, chili flakes and garlic in a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Stir the garlic and chili flakes often and after a few minutes (when your oil has heated), add the zucchini. Cook, stirring regularly until the zucchini slices start to brown.
  • Next add in the mushrooms. Cook for 1 - 2 minutes, stirring regularly and then add the sliced tomatoes to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally.
  • When you see that your tomatoes have cooked down a little bit, add in your spinach. The liquid which has been released by the mushrooms and the tomatoes will help to cook down the spinach.
  • As soon as your spinach has cooked down (this will take less than a minute), add the drained pasta to the skillet. Reduce the heat to low and gently stir everything together so that the vegetables get evenly tossed with the pasta. Add salt to taste, if desired.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

We love to use gluten-free, quinoa based pasta for this recipe.  You can use whatever pasta you like however.  Just be sure to read the package directions and cook the pasta as directed.
If you want to cut your vegetables into smaller, or larger chunks, go ahead.
We don't add salt to this recipe (except for the salt added to the pasta cooking water).  We don't feel that the salt is needed, but feel free to add some salt if you like at the end, when you add the pasta to the skillet.