This Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta is my go-to gluten-free dish for a quick weeknight meal or for entertaining. It’s delicious, serves a crowd, is easy to prepare, and is made using only ONE POT!
My blogging girlies and I are excited for SPRING, so we’ve teamed up to bring you five recipes packed with our favorite Spring produce. You have carrots, potatoes, leeks, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, strawberries, peas, and radishes!
Optional: 2 to 4 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese
In a large pot, make pasta as directed on the box/bag of pasta you are using.
Drain pasta and set aside.
In the same pot, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and sauté garlic for 30 seconds. Add in broccoli and asparagus and sauté for 5 to 10 minutes until fork tender. To speed up the time, add 2 teaspoons of water and cover the pot.
Remove the casing from the sausage and add to the pot. Cook until no pink remains.
Add the spinach and sauté until wilted.
Add the pasta into the pot, add remaining olive oil, and salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and parmesan if adding. Taste and adjust spices as desired.
If so, then you are ready to follow our journey from San Francisco to Napa, and then to Yosemite!
Here’s how we did it: We flew into San Francisco, rented a car, and spent the night and the following day exploring the city. We woke up the following day and left to Napa (about an hour and a half drive), where we spent a few days relaxing, and then were off to Yosemite (about a 3 hour drive) for a few days! After Yosemite we drove back to San Francisco (about a 3 hour drive), got a bite to eat, then were off on a red eye home! We loved how our plan played out, and didn’t find it was too much driving or anything like that!
We opted for a boutique hotel right in the center of Union Square, the Serrano hotel. We had a beautiful room and it was a great location to explore the city!
On our way to Napa, we stopped at to see and explore the Muir Woods. It was quite touristy, but a great walk and amazing to see the scale of those trees! Plus, it was on the way!
We arrived in St. Helena and headed to our hotel, Wine Country Inn. We were brought to our private cottage with the most spectacular view. Everything about Wine Country Inn was so fabulous. It was quiet and quaint, with a happy hour wine tastings and homemade hors d’oeuvres each night. The staff was so friendly, helpful and accommodating. I highly recommend getting a private cottage there. The cottages are incredible! As a whole, WCI had this lovely luxury bed and breakfast feel and in a great location.
When we arrived, we were so thrilled to be out of the city. Not that we didn’t love our time in San Fran, but the wedding weekend was exhausting and relaxation was in order! Our cottage was so gorgeous that we cancelled our winery tour for that afternoon and just relaxed at WCI!
^Our balcony at Wine Country Inn. Stunning.
Our first dinner we had an incredible meal on the patio at Auberge du Soleil. Auberge isn’t cheap, so do keep that in mind, but it’s truly fabulous. They also have a brunch if you’re looking to go but to make it more reasonable.
The next day we ventured to Del Dotto Vineyard which was so much fun. The wine tasting is in their wine cave and it was a blast. We purchased and shipped some special bottles home and have been loving them!
I think our favorite dinner in Napa was at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. Everything, from the vibes to the appetizers, mains, and desserts were incredible! Farmstead is at the top of my list for Napa restaurants for sure. Plus, the prices are super reasonable!
^Mike might kill me for adding that last shot in there 😉
An awesome gluten-Free Sandwich with Special Sauce (a must) from Giugni’s Deli
Animal-style In-n-Out Burger on lettuce buns (on the way to Yosemite) – we thought this was a California must-try.
We arrived at Yosemite and checked into Half Dome Village, which is camping-style, without having to bring your own tent/equipment. “Glamping” if you will. The tents are already there, with heat and beds. There are communal showers and it is definitely camping, but not as rustic. It reminded us a lot of sleep away camp.
Wasn’t expecting: to have put my things, even toothpaste in a BEAR BOX.
Pleasant surprise: The bar at the camp ground was so much fun and had great Margaritas!
Make sure you: bring shower shoes!
You can’t: make your own campfires or cook your own food.
No filter. Not kidding!
We made it in time to see the sunset at Glacier Point looking out onto Half Dome. I literally have never seen anything so stunning. It looked like a picture!
The next day we hiked all day and ended our long day with Margaritas at the camp ground bar which surprisingly had great drinks– and a great bartender!
For the majority of our time at Yosemite, we ate on our camp ground, but we did one nice dinner at the Majestic Hotel that was unbelievable! Note: you need a reservation ahead of time!
That meal was SO GOOD.
We ventured back to San Francisco, spent some time there, then off we were to go home!
If you have any questions about our trip, feel free to leave them below and I’ll answer them!
Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post. I did receive a few complimentary meals and hotel stays throughout the trip. All thoughts and opinions are 100% always my own.
Then, time got the best of me, and I somehow never got around to posting part 2, and 3 (our mini-moon! So here it goes, my friends! Let’s start with the rest of the special night, first- Our Wedding Recap: Part 2.
Once we got ready, it was time to line up and GET MARRIED. Our ceremony was so special to us. From the chuppah and the flowers, to everyone we love being there, and the words spoken, it was a magical moment in time!
But first, selfies, obviously!
Ready to walk down the aisle with both my mom and dad!
You can’t see it, but the sky was so gorgeous behind us during the wedding. The light shined through in the most beautiful way, it was truly perfect.
The most special moment.
How cute are these two? Ready to party!
The sun set, and it was time to get the party started!
All of our signs, seating cards, and table signs were made by the fabulous Jen from Love Always, Me.
Our late night food game was on point. Aside from our cake, which was 4 different flavors, plus a gluten-free & dairy-free cake, we also had passed desserts, like CHURROS. No, they were not healthy or gluten-free, but we did have that gluten-free and dairy-free cake! We also had a late night french fry bar with tator tots, waffle fries, shoestring fries, and sweet potato fries, and all the dipping sauces! This was a late-night highlight, for sure! Everyone loved it!
I often get asked about my pantry staples, and how to save money while stocking a clean kitchen! I shop at a variety of stores to get the best deals and the best quality products, so here are 20 Things I Buy (Cheaper) at Trader Joe’s!
This 30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet is loaded with veggies, lean protein, and so much flavor! All you need is 30 minutes and one skillet to prepare this low carb, healthy meal that everybody will devour!
This month my blogging ladies and I are showing you recipes to make using only ONE SKILLET. Yes, that’s right! Easy, light on the clean up, and delicious.
This one-pot turkey skillet mac and cheese is like a grownup version of hamburger helper and a much healthier option than that boxed stuff. Filled with spinach, peppers, real cheddar cheese, on the table in just 30 minutes and easily made gluten-free too!
Dinner is done in less than 20 minutes with this quick and easy zucchini noodle lo mein. It’s loaded with shrimp and veggies for a low-carb protein packed meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights. Paleo and gluten-free.
This Mediterranean Marinated Balsamic Pork Loin Skillet with vegetables makes for an easy one pan meal! Healthy, Balanced, Paleo and ready 45 minutes. Feed your family with this Flavorful Mediterranean pork dish in a tangy balsamic sauce.
As for me, I made you a 30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet! We can’t stop devouring this meal.
This skillet is… Flavorful and veggie Packed. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal or to make and package up in containers for lunches!
My new favorite cocktail is this light and refreshing Raspberry Gin Cocktail. We’re making our own simple syrup (and I promise, it’s super simple to prepare), made with no refined sugars for a delicious and guilt-free cocktail. Plus, it’s festive for Valentine’s Day!
We’ve also spruced up the ice cubes by adding raspberries into them! So cute, so festive.
If you’re staying in for Valentine’s Day or are looking for the perfect drink to make before heading out to dinner, this light and flavorful cocktail is for you!
We’re heading out to for a little dinner date tonight, and starting off with one or two of these beauties.