If you browse my recipe page, you’ll see that we don’t often have pasta for dinner. I just forget that it’s an option when planning meals. But, I needed a little inspiration when I was putting together last week’s meal plan and I happened across a gorgeous Spinach Penne Pasta in Everyday Food: Great Food Fast. It’s one of my favorite books for quick, simple, and tasty seasonal dinners.
So, that’s how pasta got on the menu. I had to rework the recipe for several reasons. First, it used lots of dairy. Second, it wasn’t gluten-free. And finally, I love fresh wilted spinach with garlic and decided to change how the spinach was prepared.
When Joe walked in the door from work that night, the first thing he said was, “Honey, what’s for dinner? The house smells great!” That’s one of my favorite things to hear, especially because this dish is completely plant based.
And, this is the pasta I created my Raw Cashew “Parmesan Creamy Cheese” to go with. The two were made for each other. The creamy cashew cheese mingles with the garlic, spinach, and fresh cooked spinach for bite after bite of pasta heaven. It’s light enough for a spring or summer evening, so you’ll want to remember this dish when you’re planning meals over the next several months.
For those of you new to cooking gluten-free pasta, it’s a little different than cooking wheat pasta. Make sure to add olive oil to your water right before adding the pasta and stir well. Gluten-free pasta has a tendency to clump together. And, start checking to see if the pasta is done 5 minuted before the time on the package. It goes from not cooked to way over cooked quickly.
I’ve been using Tinkyada Brown Rice pasta and we love it. I get an al dente bite and leftovers reheat well.
Some other gluten-free pasta dishes to check out:
- “Sneak the Veggies” Vegan Mac and Cheese on The Balanced Platter
- Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad from Gluten-Free Goddess
- Avocado Pesto Brown Rice Pasta on Spiced Curiosity
Where have you been getting your dinner inspiration lately?
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