Easy Veggie Packed Gluten Free Pasta

Ready in under 30 minutes, dinner doesn’t get any easier than this easy veggie packed gluten free pasta!easy veggie packed gluten free pasta

Easy Veggie Packed Gluten Free Pasta

Today we have a special post- from my Mom! She is always calling me with recipe ideas from the blog, so I decided it was time for a guest post. This easy veggie packed gluten free pasta is one of her favorite pasta recipes, she is always talking about it. The recipe is entirely hers, I did take the photos and test it out. I’m not a huge mushroom fan, but my husband gave it two thumbs up. Plus, it was so easy! Enjoy her post and this great recipe.

Easy veggie packed gluten free pasta


How To Photos Courtesy of Mom and Friend!

Cooking with Friends (Guest Post)

I have a friend who visits from Holland every year. We both love to cook! After perusing the refrigerator, and developing our own version of “Chopped,” we came up with a mystery basket- spinach, mushrooms, meatballs, and pasta- plus a few pantry ingredients. Luckily it all worked well together, we decided to go with an Italian theme and the fun started!

My friend likes to chop veggies and is more precise than I am. (My motto is “close enough.”) So he began to chop the onions, garlic, and mushrooms while I started the pasta and heating up the meatballs. We switched off cooking and chopping a bit, and when things were just about ready, he started making bruschetta (we will save that recipe for another time!).

This is our favorite pasta dish. Now back in Holland, he still makes it and sent me some of the pictures. It is quick (believe it or not), easy, nutritious and delicious. So…grab a friend and start cooking. Two cooks are more fun than one!


A few notes:

  1. This is a very versatile recipe, if you have an aversion or allergy to a vegetable, just leave it out or substitute with another!
  2. To save time, buy the pre-sliced mushrooms. They are already cleaned.
  3. After much discussion, we decided that if you hate mushrooms, try using yellow squash or red bell pepper. The flavor won’t be the same, but they are great substitutions for nutrition and color.
  4. If you are trying to avoid carbs or aren’t a fan of gluten free pasta, try it with veggie zoodles!
  5. There are several brands that make pre-made gluten free meatballs, you can also make your own and freeze them so they are ready whenever you need them!

Final Thoughts from Me

My mom calls this “Two Friends Pasta with Veggies”, but honestly it will feed 4! Enjoy this easy veggie packed gluten free pasta recipe! It took me less than 30 minutes to prepare (which is always a win!). If you are looking for other easy pasta style recipes check out Zoodles with Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette or Easy Gluten Free Spaghetti and Meatballs with my pantry spaghetti sauce!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

easy veggie packed gluten free pasta
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5 from 7 votes

Easy Veggie Packed Gluten Free Pasta

Servings: 4 servings


  • 8-12 oz gluten free spaghetti or other small pasta
  • ¾ - 1 lb small tomatoes quartered
  • 12 oz mushrooms sliced
  • 3 small onions chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic smashed and chopped
  • 1 bag of baby spinach
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • Salt pepper to taste.
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian herb blend
  • Olive oil for sauteing and tossing with pasta
  • Small gluten free precooked meatballs 3-5 per serving, omit for vegan option


  • Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. When cooked to your preference of doneness, drain (reserve ½ cup water), toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm.
  • Heat pre-cooked meatballs.
  • Add tablespoon of olive oil to pan.
  • Sauté the onions and smashed garlic until softens a bit.
  • Add the mushrooms.
  • Season with salt, and pepper.
  • Cook stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes until mushrooms are begin releasing liquid.
  • Add quartered tomatoes and Italian herbs.
  • When the tomatoes get soft and release their juices, mash with a spoon. (Add some pasta water if there isn’t enough liquid.)
  • Adjust seasonings.
  • Add meatballs, if using.
  • Add spinach and stir. Let the spinach slightly wilt. The veggies shouldn’t be dry, but not drowning in liquid.
  • Top with the green onions.
  • Put a serving of pasta in bowl, top with desired amount of veggies and meatballs.


Feel free to omit meatballs for vegan option.

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  • Reply
    Sherri @ WatchLearnEat
    June 28, 2018 at 11:53 am

    OMG! This looks amazing! That’s so cool that your mom wrote a guest post! My dad and I recently made a gf manicotti together (was his personal recipe that we converted). I am LOVING all the veggies in this dish! Would be a winner in our house! 🙂

    • Reply
      July 26, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      My mom is a great cook. That gf manicotti sounds awesome!

  • Reply
    August 7, 2017 at 9:27 am

    What a great recipe! This looks so delicious. I’ll have to make it for dinner!

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    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    August 6, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    We do mystery basket meals a la Chopped at my house, too! This looks like a fun one, and tasty!

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    Victoria with One Sharp Mama
    August 4, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    This looks tasty. Any time I can sneak any veggies in to the family diet is a good thing

  • Reply
    August 4, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Pinned this! I love pasta and veggies!

  • Reply
    August 4, 2017 at 6:53 am

    This looks amazing! I love anything I can sneak some extra veggies in!

  • Reply
    August 4, 2017 at 2:40 am

    This looks like a yummy healthy option! We love pasta in our house!

  • Reply
    August 3, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Mmmmm this looks so good! Those meatballs look amazing! Definitely trying this!

  • Reply
    August 3, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    And I do have a LOT of gluten-free pasta (Tinkyada) in my house, so…

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    Lindsey Willson
    August 2, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    You must’ve created this recipe with me on mind! Sounds great! I’d love to make this!

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    Nicol Living
    August 2, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    This looks great. I would probably just leave the meatballs out & add a variety of mushrooms.

    • Reply
      August 2, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Nothing wrong with that! A variety of mushrooms would be great!

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    Arcee Miranda
    August 2, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Sure love this recipe and I will definitely try this!

    • Reply
      August 2, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      It is so good! You are going to love it!

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