What’s For Dinner? Quinoa Pesto Pasta

Have you cut-out pasta from your meal plans because you are afraid “of all the carbs” or because you are eating gluten-free? Well get ready to make a date with this pasta recipe. Ancient Harvest Gluten Free Organic Pasta is gluten-free and naturally high in protein (all quinoa is) and therefore lower in carbs so you can enjoy a well balanced, nutritious, quick and easy meal with PASTA again!

My favorite is the “Garden Pagodas” by this brand but any of the varieties will work for this recipe.

Quinoa Pesto Pasta
by Leah Vachani
  • 1 box of Ancient Harvest Gluten-free Organic Pasta
  • 1 6oz jar pesto (sometimes I add even more)
  • 1 package of pre-cooked chicken sausage (sliced)
  • 2-3 medium zucchinis (cut in half lengthwise and sliced)
  • 1 bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 or 1 pint of grape tomatoes (sliced in half)
  • 4oz crimini mushrooms (sliced)

Cook the pasta per directions on box. While the pasta cooks, sauté the vegetables in olive oil. Reheat the chicken sausages (this can be done on the grill before you slice them or just sautee the sliced sausages in some olive oil). Combine veggies, sausages and pesto in a large bowl. Add the cooked and drained pasta. Stir to coat everything in pesto. Serve in bowls with shaved parmesan on top.

As you can see, this delicious meal only takes about 15-20 minutes to prepare. Make double and have some for lunch the next day. Easy weeknight meal AND this meal is toddler approved!

You can also substitute any veggies in this recipe. Sometimes I add chopped spinach raw at the end and the heat of the other food wilts it perfectly. Other ideas include steamed broccoli or green beans. The sky is the limit with this one.


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