Mediterranean Veggie Pasta

Gluten-free and vegetarian, this is 30 Minute pasta is always a crowd-pleaser! Simple and bursting with the best flavors, it's a win any day of the week! Enjoy as is or serve with goat cheese or feta for extra flavor.

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Mediterranean Veggie Pasta

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It’s no secret that my family loves a good pasta dish!

And “Sunday sauce” really is a thing… Sometimes it’s a slow simmer sauce and other times it just quick and easy!

In fact, pasta is our go to, easy dinner any day of the week… especially when we want simple comfort food.

And this Mediterranean Veggie Pasta is a favorite.

Cherry tomatoes, marinated artichokes, kalamata olives, fresh spinach and fresh basil sautéed and cooked up with  gluten-free spaghetti…

It’s super easy, super quick and super yummy!

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And it comes together quickly — less than 30 minutes beginning to end.

The ingredient list looks long — 13 in total.

But it’s really 6 main ingredients 

cherry or grape tomatoes

marinated artichokes

kalamata olives

fresh spinach

fresh basil

your favorite gluten-free spaghetti

plus 7 pantry staples to cook and season it–

extra virgin olive oil

vegetable broth

tomato paste


salt & pepper

and crushed red pepper.

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By the way, here we used Barilla gluten-free spaghetti.

If you want to know more about Our Favorite Gluten-Free Pasta Brands, I wrote a blog post sharing them a few months ago.

Back to this Mediterranean Veggie Pasta, it comes together quickly!

While the pasta cooks, you whip up the “sauce” by first sauteing garlic and crushed red pepper in olive oil, then stirring in the tomato paste.

Next you add the tomatoes, broth artichokes and olives to simmer.

When the pasta is al dente, you drain it and add it directly to the sauce to cook up for a minute and absorb the flavors, then add stir in the spinach and basil.

When they wilt, the dish is ready to serve!

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, we make this dish often precisely because it takes less than 30 minutes start to finish, and we love that the pasta is added to the veggies and veggie broth for the last few minutes so it really absorbs all the flavors.

I added artichokes and tomato paste to the original recipe for extra flavor and creaminess of the sauce.

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Enjoy as is, or serve with creamy goat cheese, or feta or ricotta salata for extra flavor!

Hope you love it as much as we do!

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4.16 from 20 votes

Mediterranean Veggie Pasta

A simple, delicious and super quick pasta dish that is sure to be a favorite! Packed with all the best Mediterranean flavors. Serve as is or with parmesan, feta or ricotta salata. Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dinner, Veggies, Pasta
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Servings: 3 - 4 servings
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family


  • 8 oz or about 2 heaping cups of your favorite Gluten-Free pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper use 1/2 - 3/4 tsp if you want spicy
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 kalamata olives pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 heaping cup marinated artichokes
  • 3-4 tablespoon of tomato paste to the recipe.
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup torn basil leaves
  • Optional: Parmesan feta or ricotta salt for serving


  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil (without salt ) . Add pasta; cook 8 minutes or until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta water then drain in a colander. Set aside.
  • While pasta cooks, heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add oil to pan and swirl to coat. Add red pepper and garlic; sauté 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Add tomato paste, stir over heat for about 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes, broth, salt, black pepper, artichokes and olives. Cook 5-7 minutes or until tomatoes begin to break down, stirring occasionally.
  • Add pasta, and simmer 2 minutes. If need more liquid, add reserved pasta water, hot water or more broth as desired.
  • Stir in spinach and basil; cook 2 minutes or until greens wilt.
  • Remove from heat and serve.
  • Top with cheese if desired. Enjoy!
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22 thoughts on “Mediterranean Veggie Pasta

  1. 5 stars
    I tried this and it was delicious! I added a few sprinkles of brown suger. Dont tell anyone!

    When I was sauteeing the red pepper flakes and garlic, the flakes became burnt almost instantly. Thoughts on why?

    1. Glad you liked it! My initial thought is that the oil was too hot… next time, try either a lower heat or heat the oil for less time before adding the garlic and pepper flakes.:)

  2. Made this tonight and enjoyed it so much! I love the crushed red pepper flakes in it and added a lil extra. This will definitely be one of my go to meals regularly!
    Thank you as always for creating such easy but healthy dishes!

    1. So happy you love it as much as we do Cindy! I love extra crushed red pepper flakes on my plate as well!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow!! Made this tonight, it’s delish!! A little kick, with lots of complimentary flavors and textures. Thank you for sharing!!! From a happy celiac 🙂

  4. I made this today and it was amazing!!! Simple ingredients with so much flavor, a new family favorite! Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    Hi, I did this recipe the second time, was delicious as before. Thanks for it. Will do it often! ?

  6. 4 stars
    Im a little a.d.d. so when I saw red pepper I thought it meant red bell pepper. So i sauteed red bell pepper and garlic and added it in. I did omit the artichoke hearts because i’m not a fan. I also added red pepper flakes and italian seasoning at the end with the spinach and it turned out great!

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