Super-Fast Pasta ~ "Your Way" (w/ gluten and dairy-free options)

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Easy Past Dinner

Need an easy recipe for a last minute meal?  Here is a great recipe using leftovers that you can put together in a flash.

Perfect for those”What am I going to have for dinner?!” moments.  I'm not the only one who has them, right?

Well, one of the best kitchen time-savers is — flexibility.  Making do with what you have and substituting where necessary.

This recipe gives you just that.

Mix and match ingredients, with no exact measurements needed.  Just use what-cha got, throw it together, and you've got a great meal!

The inspiration for this dish came from my friend, Sarah.  My boys and I were blessed to have lunch with her and her boys one afternoon, and she served up  a wonderful gluten-free pasta dish for us.

My oldest even ate the broccoli :-).  (Don't you love it when they'll eat something at someone else's house that they won't eat at yours?)

Anyhow, my kids kept begging me to make a similar dish, and so the next time we were in Chicago we went to Trader Joe's and literally loaded up our cart (a little kiddie-sized one) with their unbelievably low-priced organic brown rice pasta (it tastes great too :-)!), and I was prepared!

But here's the point.  I didn't need to call my friend for the recipe.  I just took the basics from her meal, made some substitutions and made it work with what I had.

And now you can do the same thing.

First, I'll share with you the basics for this dish.

Then, I'll tell you what my friend, Sarah, and I used, and I'll give you some other ideas, just to get your creative juices flowing.

Finally, come back later this week for more great eating inspiration when I'll share my complete recipe for the pasta shown in the photo above :-)!

Time Saving Tips:

There you have it — fridge cleaned out, pantry items used up, and tummies full :-)!
Looking for other super fast meal ideas?  Try….

How about you?  Do you have a simple dish like this to share?

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  1. This looks absolutely wonderful! I am looking for new recipes that are wheat and dairy free so this is awesome!

  2. What a great dish to have for a quick lunch or late supper. It has so many great combinations of flavor. Hope you have a wonderful holiday week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Another great recipe 🙂

  4. mmmm love this pasta recipe!

  5. Looks delish. I can’t even tell you the last time I used an actual recipe for pasta. I’m always tossing all different noodles, meats, cheeses, veggies, and sauces together to create crazy new dishes. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one!

  6. Great idea, thanks for linking and sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  7. Sounds good and easy, a perfect combination. Following from Women Living Well. My site: Bible Love Notes

  8. That looks easy and doable for weeknights. Thanks for sharing!

    I found you from Blessed by Grace.

  9. This looks delish! Thanks so much for sharing at FAT TUESDAY!