Gluten Free Pasta Shells with Greek Yogurt Rose Sauce

Are you looking for a delicious vegetarian option? Something simple and healthy, creamy yet light? Then this recipe for Gluten Free Pasta Shells with Greek Yogurt Rose Sauce will be your new easy meatless choice for dinner!

Gluten Free Pasta Shells with Greek Yogurt Rose Sauce in a white bowl with a red checkered napkin in the background

Rose as in rose-ay.

With this recipe I’m taking popular restaurant fare and lightening things up a bit.

Instead of the full fat whipping cream used by chefs in professional kitchens, I’ve substituted healthy Greek yogurt instead. It is still creamy, still has tang, still so delicious.

To make this meal even more nutritious and gluten free, I used brown rice pasta shells. I’ve used brown rice penne noodles in the past to moderate success so, I thought I’d give the shells a go.

Another bonus to the brown rice pasta is the extra points awarded to me from my grocery store’s new loyalty card. You rack up points towards $$ off your groceries!

They even gear bonus points to groceries you buy regularly.

For instance we always buy onions, tomatoes, berries and cheese.

Most weeks the bonus points have been on one, if not all, of these items. It’s super cool for those who spend most of their grocery dollars in one store.

I’ve really seen the points adding up already!

Brown Rice Pasta Shells package

Gluten Free Pasta Shells with Greek Yogurt Rose Sauce

Follow the directions on the package for the cooking method of the brown rice pasta. The best tip with cooking the brown rice pasta is to rinse it off well and don’t overcook it.

I used half of the package which gave us four servings. Well, we did two large servings and then there were two smaller servings. I’m averaging the four count.

It’s harder with only two of us. Joe and I both have big appetites. I’m assuming kids have smaller appetites? So there you go! Four.

This is pretty easy/quick to whip up and is a nice meatless option. It’s good on the old system to ditch meat regularly. You can do it all together quite easily and I often wonder if I should make a concentrated effort to fully stop eating meat.

I’m a hopeless animal lover, who can’t watch documentaries with animals because of the inevitable footage of cruelty. I will cover my face, watch through my fingers or skip over it entirely.

Its way too upsetting for me. Hmmm … Inner struggles …

Aaaanyway, this is a meat free option, using organic yogurt from a local farm.

Start the sauce by sauteeing up some onion and garlic.

garlic being sauteed in a saucepan

Add in some marinara sauce and heat it to a bit of a bubble.

tomato sauce being stirred in a saucepan

To make life simple, I used jarred sauce. Scoop your yogurt into a small bowl and add a few tablespoons of the heated sauce and mix them together.

This is a chef-y move called ‘tempering’ which ensures the yogurt won’t curdle when you add it to the warmed sauce.

Greek yogurt being stirred into tomato sauce

Stir the in cooked pasta shells and sliced fresh basil.

gluten free pasta shells being stirred into sauce

This dish is pretty heavenly. I really like the shells.

The Mister of the house put a good dent in the serving bowl also and you know what that means. He was hungry. Ha! Kidding.

Because it is gooood, that’s what that means.



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Brown Rice Pasta Shells in Light Rose Sauce

Sharon Rhodes
Looking for a delicious vegetarian option? Something simple and healthy, creamy yet light? Then this recipe for Gluten Free Pasta Shells with Greek Yogurt Rose Sauce will be your new easy meatless choice for dinner! 
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 231 kcal



  • Cook pasta according to package directions
  • In a medium sized saucepot, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat
  • Add in minced onion, stir well and sauté until soft, about 4 minutes. Stir in minced garlic and let cook for another minute
  • Pour in marinara sauce and sprinkle in chili flakes, sea salt and pepper. Let it heat to a bubble, then turn to low
  • In a separate bowl, stir yogurt with a scoop or two of the heated sauce to temper it
  • Add in the yogurt mixture to the sauce then stir in the pasta shells and basil
  • Top with parmesan cheese if desired


Calories: 231kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 7gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 696mgPotassium: 485mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1135IUVitamin C: 10.1mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 1.6mg
Keyword gluten free recipe, vegetarian meals
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    1. Hey Jana! You could try this: maybe? Or a store bought version of vegan yogurt or sour cream. Let me know if you give it a try. It is a really good dish. 🙂

  1. How many ounces is a half bag of pasta? I would like to make this for dinner tomorrow night, but will use regular pasta instead. Thanks!!

    1. Hey Paula! I usually portion a cup of dry pasta per person (depends on appetites!). I would guess 8-10 ounces per person. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  2. I love “rose” or what I often call “pink” sauce – that mouthwateringly satisfying creation of creamy tomato sauce! The trick is definitely in keeping the flavor and decadent creaminess while also keeping it healthy. Greek yogurt is such a great way to do that! Yuuuummmmmmm!!!! 😀

    1. When I was younger I would have cream sauces all. the. time. I had no idea they were made with whipping cream! We loved the Greek yogurt. 🙂

  3. This recipe looks so mouth-wateringly delicious! Im such a pasta lover and have been since childhood and this recipe will be on my agenda this new year, thank you!

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