Garden Veggie Pasta – An easy marinara sauce loaded up with chunky summer veggies and served over pasta. A delicious, healthy meal the whole family will love!
If you think you don’t like a certain vegetable (or have a family member that doesn’t), try serving it up a different way. My son doesn’t much care for zucchini and, more often than not, he picks it out of whatever I’m serving. However, when I dish up this Garden Veggie Pasta he gobbles it down! Kids tend to think anything is good with noodles (and I don’t disagree!).
This is simply a basic marinara recipe combined with sautéed chopped summer vegetables. If you’ve never attempted to make your own marinara sauce, you must try it – it’s so easy! I use canned crushed tomatoes as a cheat, and they are great year round, but you could certainly use fresh. If you like things with a little heat, try my Spicy Marinara Sauce.
With so many vegetables, like eggplant, zucchini, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, and more packed into this recipe, it is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Calcium, iron, magnesium, folate, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, B vitamins, and more!
More vegan pasta recipes
- Vegan Mac and Cheese
- Cauliflower Bolognese
- Easy Lemon Pasta
- Creamy Mushroom Pasta
- Easy Mediterranean Pasta
- Hearty Lentil Bolognese
- Roasted Vegetable Pasta
Following the original recipe ingredients and instructions will give you the best results, but here are some adaptations that will work if need be.
Veggies ~ Feel free to use your favorite vegetables. Other summer veggies that would work great in this recipe: sweet corn, green beans, yellow summer squash, or green peas.
Tomatoes ~ Fresh tomatoes can be cooked down instead of using canned.
Pasta ~ Pasta not your thing? This healthy vegetable sauce would be great served over rice, baked potatoes, zoodles, or polenta.
Protein ~ Feel free to add in some white beans, chickpeas, or pan-fried tofu for an extra protein boost.
Oil-free ~ If you’re following an oil-free diet, feel free to use ¼ cup vegetable broth or water to sauté instead of olive oil.
Gluten free ~ Use gluten free noodles.
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Garden Veggie Pasta
- 12 ounces penne or pasta noodle of choice (gluten free, if desired)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 small zucchini diced
- 1 ½ cups diced eggplant about ½ of an average sized eggplant
- 1 large carrot peeled and diced
- 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced (or color of choice)
- 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
- ½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- ½ teaspoon pepper or to taste
- 2 teaspoons [dried basil]
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- torn fresh basil
- sprinkle of nutritional yeast
- Cook the pasta according to package directions in well-salted water.
- Meanwhile, sauté the onion, carrot and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes until starting to soften.
- Add the bell pepper, zucchini, and eggplant and sauté another 5 to 7 minutes.
- Add the crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, salt, pepper, dried basil, balsamic vinegar and stir to combine.
- Simmer the sauce on low for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Serve the sauce over cooked noodles.