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Our favorite easy weeknight recipe, this Veggie Pasta Recipe is loaded with good-for-you ingredients for a comfort food meal the whole family will love. Serve it on its own or with your favorite appetizers for a satisfying dinner! 

overhead image of a white bowl full of veggie pasta topped with fresh herbs

Why You’ll Love This Veggie Pasta Recipe

Who doesn’t love a quick pasta dinner? Especially as the weather begins to cool. There’s just something so incredibly comforting about al dente noodles coated with a creamy pasta sauce. However, delicious as they may be, pasta recipes aren’t always the most nutritious dinner options you can create. Until now! We took our favorite penne noodles and paired them with a veggie-loaded sauce for a yummy dinner you can truly feel good about eating. However, that’s not the only reason why we love this recipe. It’s also: 

  • Ready in minutes
  • Great for feeding a crowd
  • Perfect for meal prep
  • Super customizable to meet all your dietary needs and taste preferences

Is Veggie Pasta Healthy? 

Yes! This recipe is loaded with veggies for a super nutrient-rich meal that’s also loaded with fiber to keep you full. If you want to boost the nutritional benefits even further, you could even opt for whole wheat or veggie noodles, and don’t forget to spruce it up with your favorite protein! 

Ingredients You’ll Need

Although we have set ingredients for this veggie pasta recipe, you can use pretty much anything you have on hand. Our favorite ingredient combination includes: 

  • Pasta – Ziti is our favorite, but any pasta shape you like best can be used. 
  • Veggies – Zucchini, yellow squash, shallot, cherry tomatoes, and red pepper come together for a hearty sauce. 
  • Herbs and Spices – For a rich flavor that packs a bit of kick, we use garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, basil, and red pepper. 
  • Olive Oil – This helps create a caramelized taste on the veggies and adds healthy fasts to keep you feeling satisfied. 

How to Make Pasta with Veggies

This is pretty much guaranteed to be the easiest homemade veggie pasta recipe you’ll ever make! 

  1. Preheat your oven. 
  2. Arrange the veggies on a baking sheet, and drizzle oil on top. 
  3. Roast them until they are tender, fragrant, and slightly blistered on top, stirring halfway through. 
  4. In the meantime, cook your pasta according to the package instructions, and be sure to reserve the sauce! 
  5. Let the veggies cool slightly. Then, transfer them to a high-speed blender with the pasta water and basil, and blend until a smooth sauce is formed
  6. Toss the sauce with your pasta, and serve warm. 

Add-Ins and Variations

We love the simplicity of this dish for a filling vegetarian meal, but feel free to experiment with different ingredients and add-ins to make it your own. To get started, check out some of our favorite variations below! 

Veggies

Pretty much any veggies you have on hand work great in this veggie pasta recipe. For instance, you could also include mushrooms, carrots, or sweet potatoes

Pasta

As mentioned, ziti is our favorite pasta. However, any shape works great. Experiment with different noodles like spaghetti or cavatappi. For a lighter option, you could even swap them out for zucchini noodles instead! Also, if needed, gluten-free noodles work great, too. 

Protein

To make this veggie pasta recipe extra filling, feel free to add in your favorite protein such as chicken, shrimp, ground beef, turkey, or even tofu

Garnishes

For an Instagram-worthy dinner, finish off your veggie pasta with a sprinkle of extra red pepper flakes, fresh herbs, or grated Parmesan cheese

close up image of a white bowl full of cooked veggie pasta topped with fresh herbs and red pepper flakes

How to Store and Reheat

Trust us, you’re gonna want to make a double batch of this pasta with veggies to eat throughout the week. Leftovers make for the perfect packed lunch the next day! 

Storage

Store leftover pasta with or without the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you keep your noodles separate, toss them with a bit of olive oil first to prevent them from sticking together. Or, keep the combined noodles and veggie sauce in the freezer for up to 3 months

Reheating

To warm leftovers, heat them in the microwave or oven. If the noodles become a bit clumpy or the sauce begins to dry, toss it with oil, water, or a bit of broth to freshen it back up! 

More Family-Friendly Pasta Recipes

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overhead image of veggie pasta topped with fresh herbs in a white bowl

Easy Veggie Pasta Recipe

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Our favorite easy weeknight recipe, this Veggie Pasta Recipe is loaded with good-for-you ingredients for a comfort food meal the whole family will love. Serve it on its own or with your favorite appetizers for a satisfying dinner!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8
Calories 289 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound cooked ziti
  • 2 large zucchini
  • 2 large yellow squash
  • 1 small shallot
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 small red peppers
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (or to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit, and grease a baking dish. Set it aside.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, reserving 1 cup pasta water. Set aside.
  • Chop veggies, and place them in the prepared baking dish with garlic and seasonings. Drizzle with oil, and toss to combine.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until veggies are soft and fragrant.
  • Let the vegetables cool slightly, and transfer to a high-speed blender with the reserved pasta water and basil. Pulse until smooth.
  • Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta, and toss to coat.
  • Serve warm, and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 559mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 519IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword 15 minute dinner, comfort food, easy lunch idea, easy pasta, easy pasta recipe, lunch, meal prep recipe, veggie pasta
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