*This dish is easily customizable for meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diets.

It’s a gorgeous spring-like day and it inspired me to make a light, bright, and tasty lunch! This afternoon I made a delicious and healthy, low-fat pasta primavera! Pasta primavera is an Italian-American dish consisting of pasta, any selection of fresh vegetables and sometimes a meat of choice. Did you know that ‘primavera’ means spring in Italian?

This dish was quick and easy to make. I used all organic ingredients. It serves approximately 4 people and the cooking time is 20 minutes.

What you’ll need (you can always improvise with what you have in your pantry – there are many different styles of pasta primavera):

Whole wheat angel hair pasta (if you are gluten intolerant, try corn & quinoa spaghetti!)
Aprx 10 white button mushrooms
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/2 large red bell pepper
Leftover or fresh tofu dogs, turkey dogs or hot dogs (optional)
Sea salt
Minced onion
Black pepper
Vodka sauce
Olive oil

Step-by-step cooking instructions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil for pasta. Meanwhile, prep your vegetables and heat some olive oil in a large saucepan. First, add your chopped garlic cloves. Let the garlic cook on low for about 1 minute.

Add in sliced red bell peppers, put the lid on a let the garlic & peppers simmer on low for a few minutes. 

Your pasta should be done now, strain and rinse it with cold water and set aside.

Add your sliced white button mushrooms to the saucepan of vegetables, put the lid on again and let simmer on low for a few minutes.

If you have any left over tofu dogs (what I used), turkey dogs, or hot dogs, add them in with your veggies towards the end for a delicious flavor! If your hot dogs are fresh and uncooked, you should either add them into the saucepan with your garlic in the beginning, or cook them separately and add them in at the end like I did.

Heat up vodka sauce in a small pot, and while waiting, season your vegetables and hot dogs with 2 pinches of sea salt, a light dusting of minced onion and a dash of black pepper.

Now for your pasta ensemble! Put the amount of pasta you would like on a plate, add vodka sauce, then veggies & hot dogs. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over pasta and add parmesan to taste. 

Finally – enjoy!!

With Love,

Samantha | Food Contributor

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