No matter how much you meal plan and prep, there are days you just don’t have time to cook, are too tired to cook or need a meal quickly.
That’s when we turn to what I call our “back pocket dishes”… those dishes you can pull together in no time with just a few ingredients from your pantry or fridge and without any prior prep.
This pasta is one of those dishes for us.
Just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes till a warm, nourishing and delicious meal!
And we happened upon this dinner accidentally. My son and I love this veggie mixture and had been making it as a side dish a lot. Then one day I was making it but my son wanted pasta for dinner… so I mixed them together and we had a winner! Now it is an easy go to dinner.
All you need is: gluten-free pasta of choice (here we used Banza chickpea pasta (Amazon affiliate link) for extra protein and fiber and because we really like the shell shape with this dish), sun-dried tomatoes in oil, fresh baby spinach and a red onion.
And it comes together quickly.
While the pasta cooks, you saute the veggies in sun dried tomato oil starting with the red onions.
Then add in the Spinach, then the sun dried tomatoes.
Then you add the cooked pasta to the veggie mix and toss with some additional sun dried tomato oil and reserved pasta waterif needed.
High protein, high fiber, and lots of nutrients in one simple bowl. Oh, and did I mention it is really yummy?
And you can serve it as is or top with cheese — ricotta salata or feta, or even add in some olives.
If there is one message I want to get across with this dish, it is that eating gluten-free and eating healthy does not have be complicated or time consuming.
So go ahead and give it a try… Adjust to taste and add more tomatoes or less onion but the point is just start playing in the kitchen and you will quickly see the you can have a warm, healthy meal in minutes.
Hope you love it as much as we do!
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