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Quinoa Pasta Salad

I absolutely love pasta salad! You know what else is great about finding quinoa pasta? Finding multi-colored quinoa pagoda pasta! Now I can have some pasta salad that looks very similar to traditional pasta salad!

In fact, I found out that someone at the party didn’t even know it was quinoa! I tried to make sure and tell everyone but I must have missed some people.

Well, this salad turned out very well. It probably could have used a little more dressing as I’ve found that quinoa pasta requires more flavoring than rice or traditional pasta. The texture is also a little firmer than traditional pasta.

All in all, this was an enjoyable treat for me to have and quite a bit had gotten eaten. I’ve actually been having a little bit of the leftovers all week and have been really enjoying it. I just wish I could freeze some. I like to make food ahead and freeze it for laziness convenience…actually, both. 😉

I didn’t really measure anything out. I like lots of veggies so I use a lot. The key is to use whatever veggies you enjoy and how much you like in your pasta. I will list what I used.

Quinoa Pasta Salad Recipe

Quinoa pasta pagodas
Green bell peppers, chopped
Red bell peppers, chopped
Baby portobello mushrooms, chopped
Tomatoes, chopped
Green onions, sliced
Italian Salad Dressing

Toss veggies and pasta together and add Italian dressing to taste. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight to blend flavors well.
Enjoy 🙂



I absolutely LOVE pasta and it’s been almost a year since I’ve had any. Boy, have I missed the stuff! Of course, I don’t want to go back to the bad way of eating and all of those additives and preservatives that are found in pasta that you buy and I definitely didn’t want to make homemade pasta…that’s too much work! So, what’s a gal to do? Well, I planned on never having pasta again and I was ok with that. The health benefits that I have seen in my life far outweigh the desire for pasta. That was until I was at the store and made the marvelous discovery of quinoa noodles!

These noodles are gluten-free and only made with corn and quinoa! BUT, what will they taste like??? Are they going to have an off taste? What will their texture be like? Mushy, hard, gritty, I can go on! Well, I put them to the test and I am telling you folks…if you didn’t know it, you would think you’re eating the real deal!!!!! Pure pasta goodness!!!!! YAY!

Watch out though, I recently saw some that were NOT gluten-free! The ones I am talking about are in a green box and the brand is Ancient Harvest. They are low-fat, low sodium, have no cholesterol! Of course there are carbs but if eaten in moderation, it’s ok!

The sauce in this recipe is my own creation and is absolutely delicious and I think this spaghetti recipe is better than how I used to make it with regular pasta and jarred sauce! Hubby thought so too!

Spaghetti Recipe


1 pound ground round

1 green pepper, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

6 oz can no salt tomato paste

23 oz no salt tomato sauce ( I used a 15 oz can and an 8 oz can)

15 oz can no salt diced tomatoes

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning Mix

1-2 tbsp Braggs (I used 1 and will use 1 1/2 -2 tbsp next time)

Cooked quinoa spaghetti noodles


This could be made two different ways. Crockpot and stove top.

Crockpot: Brown beef and put everything except noodles in crockpot. Cook on low for a few hours until veggies are tender. Then, either add cooked spaghetti noodles and stir them in or you can just ladle the sauce over the cooked noodles.

Stove top: In large skillet, brown beef with peppers, onions, and garlic. add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until sauce is hot and veggies are tender. Then, either add cooked spaghetti noodles and stir them in or you can just ladle the sauce over the cooked noodles.

Wouldn’t these be great with some sort of gluten-free healthy garlic bread? Well, you’re in luck! That will be tomorrow’s post! 😉

This makes quite a bit for 2 people so I divided the sauce in two parts and froze half (without noodles)

Enjoy!!!! 🙂