Meatless Friday: Vegetable Pasta Medley (Gluten-free and Vegetarian)


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Combining Health and Faith

I love food that makes me feel good about how I’m nourishing my family and also tastes great. I have two daughters ages 18 and 20 who love to cook and bake. My younger daughter is vegetarian, and she came up with this delicious pasta dish you will love! The ingredient I enjoyed most in this pasta recipe is the fresh beet. If you have an appreciation for veggies, this one is for you. I hope you and your family will try this one out! Add a fresh garden salad to this meal and you’re all set for a nutritious and tasty dinner.

The combination of good food and nutrition increases our faith life as we take in God’s goodness with food that brings us health. Enjoy every bit of this healthy mix of pasta and veggies.

"Meatless Friday: Vegetable Pasta Medley" by Anne DeSantis (

Copyright 2017 Anne DeSantis. All rights reserved.

Vegetable Pasta Medley (Gluten-free and Vegetarian)


1 Cup Chopped Red Onions
3 TBSP Coconut Oil
1 Cup Chopped Mushrooms
1 Diced Tomato
1 ½ Cups Spinach
1 ½ Cups Rice Pasta
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese for Garnish (Optional)


1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin

"Meatless Friday: Vegetable Pasta Medley" by Anne DeSantis (

Copyright 2017 Anne DeSantis. All rights reserved.


In a large pan, cook onions and coconut oil until slightly brown. Add mushrooms and sliced beet. Once completely cooked add tomato. Let simmer and add all seasonings. When the diced tomato is soft, mash with the back of a fork. Add spinach. Strain cooked gluten-free pasta and combine with vegetable medley. (We used rice pasta, which tastes great.)  Plate and garnish with fresh mozzarella cheese (optional). Enjoy!

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Copyright 2017 Anne DeSantis


About Author

Anne DeSantis is a Catholic wife and mother of two grown daughters. She has written for CatholicMom since 2016. She is the director for the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation, with outreach to families affected by divorce and separation. Anne is a 55+ model/actress and the Host of the on-line TV show "The Positive Side on RVNTV." Learn more about her work at

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