Updated: Aug 22, 2021
Disclaimer: I made this dish for the family for a Memorial Day gathering. The pasta used for the family and pictured is NOT gluten free. However, I did make myself some gluten free pasta but forgot to take a picture. All other ingredients are gluten free. This dish is also VEGAN.
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There are so many ways to make this dish. I made it a bit differently another time. (see Pasta Primavera)
This meal is filling and full of healthy veggies. You can add any vegetable you desire. Some enjoy mushrooms. The best part about this recipe is you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand. Either all fresh, all frozen or a combination. Anything goes!
Slice your onion into strips and place into frying pan. Add olive oil. Wash and slice your red pepper into strips. Place into frying pan and put pan onto stove, add salt, and cook on medium high heat, covered. Stir often. (see video)
While the onions and peppers are cooking, chop your garlic and wash and slice your zucchini. When the onions and peppers are slightly soft, add the garlic and zucchini. Stir well and cover. Keep checking on it and stiring gently often. (see video)
Wash and chop cauliflower into bite sized pieces. Place into steamer basket. Steam on stovetop until almost soft. If you don't have a steamer, you can boil on stovetop or in microwave. (see video)
As the cauliflower steams, wash asparagus and break at natural breaking point. (see how to make easy peasy asparagus) or cook however you like. Cut into bite sized pieces once cooked. (see video)
With a fork, turn the cauliflower and allow to keep steaming.
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Lower heat on the onions, peppers, garlic and zucchini and keep stiring gently as you prepare the rest of the vegetables. Keep covered. (see video)
Wash and chop broccoli into bite sized pieces. Remove cauliflower from steamer and place into a bowl. Set aside. Add broccoli to steamer and cook the same as the cauliflower. (see video)
As the broccoli steams, break your frozen string beans into bite sized pieces. Pour frozen peas into a bowl and set both aside. When the broccoli is done steaming, add it to the bowl with the cauliflower. (see video)
Add all vegetables into frying pan with the peppers, onions, garlic and zucchini. Pour in two cans of diced tomatoes. Salt to taste. Stir well and cover. Allow to simmer for a few minutes, allowing tomatoes to cook. Add in your spinach, stir and cover. Allow spinach to cook. (see video)
Put up a pot of water to boil and salt well. (I have two pots because the small one is for my gluten free pasta. I used Tinkyada gluten free organic penne). Cook pasta to desired consistency. My family prefers al dente. (see video)
Drain pasta and add to serving dish or disposable pan. Pour vegetable sauce over. Gently blend pasta with sauce. Serve and enjoy.
You can serve Parmesan cheese on the side. I didn't add it to the dish because my two nieces are Vegans. If you are not concerned with that, you can top the dish with Parmesan cheese.
Frozen String beans
Parmesan cheese optional
You can use any vegetables you have on hand.