Is there anything better than a warm bowl of pasta with veggies for a simple dinner?
An easy and cozy dinner
After a busy day, there is nothing better than a warm bowl of pasta with vegetables. In fact it’s a crowd pleaser in this house, so we make many variations of it. Tonight it’s gluten-free spaghetti mixed with sautéed mushrooms, spinach and broccolini in a simple marinara sauce. This easy dinner is yummy, cozy and 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