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Easy Cheesy Pasta (Vegan+ Gluten-Free)

I’ve never been a big pasta person so when I first learned that I’m intolerant to gluten, not being able to eat pasta anymore wasn’t a big deal. Every once in a while I would try a gluten-free pasta dish if I happened to be at a restaurant that had one on the menu, but I didn’t start making pasta at home until this winter. I found myself hungry-shopping at Whole Foods (uh oh) and picked up a brown rice pasta that was on sale. I was so surprised by how tasty it was!

Even thought I was a little late to the gluten-free pasta game, for the past 6 months I’ve been experimenting with different brands and recipes. Today I would like to share an incredibly simple recipe, Easy Cheesy Pasta with Greens. This is the perfect weeknight recipe- it takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and uses only one pot! In the photos I used brown rice spirals from Tinkyada (sold as most health food stores) but feel free to use your favorite pasta of choice.

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Easy Cheesy Pasta with Greens

makes 4 servings

What you’ll need:

  • 4 servings of your choice of pasta
  • 4 cups greens (I used spinach and baby kale)
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs tamari
  • 4 tbs nutritional yeast
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 avocados, cubed


  1. Prepare pasta according to instructions on package.
  2. When pasta is finished boiling, drain then return to pot on stove. Turn heat to medium-low and stir in greens, olive oil, tamari, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper.
  3. When greens are wilted, stir in avocado and transfer to plates. Enjoy right away.

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