Roasted Veggie Pasta

I love vegetables.  I can’t recall a vegetable I’ve met and didn’t like.

Brussel sprouts?  Love.

Cabbage?  Adore.

Spinach?  More please.

I could go on, but I’ll spare you.

Why stop at garlic?  Shallots need some love, too.

I am a meat-eater.  I can not deny that.  But sometimes I just want veggies (and carbs).  For last night’s dinner I wanted to use fresh-from-the-garden zucchini and grape tomatoes my father-in-law grew.  Major green thumb, that one.  I also had 4 million cremini mushrooms I wanted to dive into.  And the biggest jar of sun-dried tomatoes known to man was eyeballing me, begging me to open it up and enjoooooy (thank you, Costco).

I ♥ sundried tomatoes.  In oil.  I love that oil.

I roasted the mushrooms, zucchini & tomatoes along with a good amount of garlic and shallots (shallots: underrated), onion, olive oil and good ol’ s&p.   I would have loved fresh basil, but I couldn’t bear to plant and kill yet another basil plant this year.  Maybe next year.  So a little dried basil got tossed in the mix, too.

Add the simple wonder of roasted veggies & sun-dried tomatoes to whole wheat pasta and I had a simple and healthy dinner.

Except that I had a container of Philadelphia Italian Herb Cooking Cream in the fridge and I wanted to try it.  So that kind of screwed up my super healthy meal.

I only used half the container.  And their containers are small, folks.  :)

We gobbled up this pasta dish.  So here’s the easy recipe–adapt it to fit your tastes and whatever veggies you have on hand.  I was going for a Meatless Monday, but grilled strips of chicken would be a yummy addition.

Roasted Veggie Pasta

Ingredients:

Note: Please adjust measurements to your liking.  This recipe can easily take more vegetables and then you could just increase oil, salt, pepper, etc.

  • 1/2 large onion, sliced (I used Vidalia)
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large (GIANT) shallot, minced
  • 3 zucchini, sliced
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • salt and pepper (I started with about 2 teaspoons of salt and half a teaspoon of pepper, then adjusted to taste halfway through roasting)
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • about 1 teaspoon dried basil (fresh would be great)
  • 1/4 cup (I used more :) ) sliced sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 13.25 oz box whole wheat rotini (any pasta of your preference)
  • 5 oz (half container) Philadelphia Cooking Crème, Italian cheese & herb flavor

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Toss the onion, garlic, shallot, zucchini, tomatoes, and mushrooms with salt, pepper, dried basil, and olive oil on a baking sheet.  Spread out on sheet.  Cook vegetables in oven for about 20 minutes.  Turn/mix halfway though cooking time, tasting vegetables to adjust salt and pepper accordingly.  Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to directions (about 9 minutes) until al dente.  Drain and set aside.  In a large nonstick skillet, place the pasta and vegetables.  Add the cooking crème and sun-dried tomatoes and mix thoroughly.  I also add a couple teaspoons of the sun-dried tomato oil.  Cook on medium heat about 2-3 minutes until warmed through.  Serve immediately.

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Comments

  1. I love veggies too — this looks like a nice and easy one, will have to try!

  2. Looks delish! I better go pick some zucchini from my garden before the look like blimps and get cooking! Thanks for the inspiration! xxoxoxo

  3. The vegies look delicious!

  4. I am sure this dish was superb – made me wish my oven worked so I could roast things properly. I guess if I put them under the grill, it might work?

  5. Yum! I’ve got to try this out. :)

  6. Wow, this looks so good! I must try this soon!

    I, too, cannot grow anything (except weeds maybe). I look in my neighbor’s backyard with envy at all the squash, tomatoes and basil that she grows, while I can barely keep my cactus alive.

    • lol! You crack me up, Erin! I have tons of green onions growing next to my little lemon tree. But the tree refuse to produce more lemons since several months ago. What the heck? Try growing green onions. lol!

  7. Looks like a great dinner. I may have to give this recipe a try for my family without the cream cheese so that it is dairy free.

  8. Sounds delicious – I LOVE roasting vegetables! Beautiful photos, Jamie!

  9. I am so making this with all the fresh veggies coming out of the garden…..Thank you for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday.

  10. My husband isn’t a pasta fan but I am thinking he would like it prepared this way. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

  11. This looks GREAT! Love the roasting of the vegies! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!

  12. That looks great, I love that twisty pasta, it’s so exciting to eat! I’m pretty much a vegetarian (occasional fish included) but there is one vegetable I don’t like: garlic. Unfortunate, since some people put it into everything, but I agree with you that shallots are underrated. This looks like a delicious and very satisfying meal.

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