Fighting jet lag with a bowl of veggie pasta while watching the Oscars
An easy and cozy dinner
We are back from Hawaii and seriously jet lagged. We woke quite late and spent the day doing all those post-vacation things. On our mind always though is “what are we eating for dinner?” So we decided early in the day to make what we like best (and which requires minimal work and cleaning!) …. a big bowl of veggie pasta!
On the menu tonight is gluten-free spaghetti mixed with sautéed mushrooms, spinach and broccolini in a simple marinara sauce. An easy, cozy meal, ready in less than 30 minutes.
This would also make an excellent Meatless Monday dinner. And if you eat dairy, this dish goes well with ricotta salata or a spoonful of ricotta the way my son likes it or even just some parmigiana cheese.
Tonight we used Barilla gluten-free spaghetti but you could also make add more protein by using one of several lentil or bean based pastas on the market.
This also makes an excellent Meatless Monday dinner. And if you eat dairy, this dish goes well with ricotta salata or a spoonful of ricotta the way my son likes it or even just some parmigiana cheese.
Author: Healthy Gluten-Free Family
Recipe type: Dinner, Pasta, Veggies
3 tbsp olive oil
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch broccolini, rinsed and cut as desired
Approximately 4 cups spinach (could use more or less according to tastes)
1 package cut mushrooms, rinsed
1 750g box of strained tomatoes (we use Pomi)
2 tbsp plain tomato paste
1 tbsp crushed red pepper
1 tbsp dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
1 box gluten-free spaghetti
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large sauce pan
Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes until just fragrant
Add mushrooms and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes
Add strained tomatoes, tomato paste, crushed pepper, basil, salt and pepper
Stir in well and bring to a boil, then simmer
Add spinach to the sauce when the pasta is added to the boiling water so that it wilts but doesn't overcook
Meanwhile, prep pasta according to package
While pasta cooks, (spaghetti should be soft, about 5 minutes into cooking), add the broccolini to boiling spaghetti water for about 2 minutes, so that it is just tender and bright. (Note the broccolini will float to the top so easy to scoop out)
Remove broccolini and place aside
Drain pasta then add directly to the to the sauce along with the broccolini and mix well