Easy Pasta with Vegetables

I’ve been meaning to share this quick and easy pasta recipe with you for a few weeks. I debated about whether or not it was too simple to share. And, it is a very simple recipe.  But, it’s recently become a favorite at my house, and after making it for dinner the fourth week in a row, I decided it needed to be shared.

You may find it hard to believe that this has recently become one of my husband’s favorite foods.  Of course, he’s a bigger fan of salads than I am, so maybe it’s not really much of a surprise.  It doesn’t really sound like “man food” since it is loaded with veggies, but he seems to really like it.  He’s been the one requesting that I make it week after week.  And, I’m not complaining… I like it, too.

Of course, I also love how simple this dish is to make.  In the time it takes to cook the veggies, you can cook the pasta to al dente.  Then, all you have to do is toss it all together and throw some freshly grated cheese on top. It’s really that fast and easy!

The other thing I love about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can substitute whatever vegetables you have on hand, or whatever is fresh and in season.  I know I’ll be making this a lot over the summer when we have lots of fresh veggies from our CSA. You can play around with the pasta, too. My husband likes long noodles, so I’ve been using whole wheat thin spaghetti. But, whatever you prefer will be just fine.  Just be sure not to overcook the noodles. The pasta is a large part of the dish, so you want the texture to be just right!

Easy Pasta with Vegetables
(Makes about 2 large servings, or 4 side servings)

  • 5 ounces whole wheat thin spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus additional for drizzling
  • 5 cups vegetables, cut into bite sized pieces
    (I used bell peppers, asparagus, and squash)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tomatoes, diced (about 1 – 1 1/2 cups)
  • Freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese

Cook the spaghetti to al dente, according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the vegetables, and saute until tender, but not too soft.

Drain the pasta and add to the pan with the vegetables.  Add in the vegetable broth and diced tomatoes and toss with the pasta and vegetables until the dish is warm and everything is heated through.

Transfer the pasta and vegetables to a serving dish.  Drizzle with olive oil and top with freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese.  Serve immediately.

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9 Responses to Easy Pasta with Vegetables
  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    March 26, 2012 | 7:11 am

    This is my favorite type of warm weather meal!

  2. Tracey
    March 26, 2012 | 9:56 am

    Yum, sometimes simple is best! I wish my husband loved salads and veggies the way yours does, I’d be making this for dinner all the time too!

  3. Maria
    March 26, 2012 | 10:00 am

    I could eat this dish every night!

  4. Tessa
    March 26, 2012 | 8:49 pm

    Light and fresh. This does sounds delicious. Will be a great summer meal when no one wants to spend all evening cooking! Thanks for the idea!

  5. Barbara | Creative Culinary
    March 27, 2012 | 9:54 am

    I think we sometimes hesitate to share our ‘simple’ dishes thinking them too easy but the truth is Jen we need easy choices too!

    I used to have a decent size veggie garden before my children were on their own and we had many a night of veggie pasta; they enjoyed that presentation (and I needed to use those veggies!) far more than if I had scooped the same amount on their plate without pasta and Parmesan.

  6. megan @ whatmegansmaking
    March 27, 2012 | 10:38 am

    This looks like the perfect healthy, easy meal. I am trying it this week! :) Can’t wait for my summer garden to make it even better.

  7. Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf
    March 27, 2012 | 8:54 pm

    This looks unbelievably delicious. Sometimes (many times, I find) simplicity tastes best. Evernoted to make very soon. Thanks!

  8. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite
    April 7, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    You know I think you made something similar for me when I was visiting a couple of year ago. Simple is good :)

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