Vegetable Packed Pasta

I had a lots of vegetables in the fridge. Cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, courgette and red onion. So I decided to make a pasta dish with them.

I steamed the cauliflower, broccoli and carrots.

I fried the onion, mushrooms and courgette in a little olive oil.

When the vegetables were ready, I stirred them into a pot of just-cooked lumache pasta (little shells).

My sauce was simple, 2 tbsp red pesto and 1 tbsp olive oil.

I gave this a good mix and then seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.

I topped the bowls of pasta with some baby plum tomato halves and then finished with freshly grated Parmesan.

I have enough vegetables left to make a pasta bake tomorrow night, which will work out fine, as I have a late night at work! I think I will make a cheese sauce to stir through the pasta, then cover it with grated cheddar (a really strong mature cheddar) and pop the dish in the oven, until the cheese is all melted and starting to brown.

Aren't the crispy bits around the side of a baked dish just the best?


  1. this looks absolutely fantastic - and yet so simple - I love my pasta overwhelmed by vegetables rather than the other way around!

  2. My hubby and I fight over those crispy bits around the edge!

  3. Hi Johanna, I agree with you and I just had to use that veg up!

    Hi Beccy, Graham loves those crispy bits!

  4. Yes, the crispy sides ARE the best! I will eat all around the edge of the baked dish and serve Mike the middle! And your veggie pasta looks grand. I was in Chicago this weekend and came upon 2 new shapes of pasta that I have not seen before. You will see them soon! Too fun!

  5. Hi winedeb, I am looking forward to the pasta dishes!

  6. Love the crispy bits!! i always try to snag 'em... and i'm always secretly thrilled when no one i'm eating with WANTS them.

    This looks scrumptious!!!

  7. It certainly does look scrumptious! Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. Check back for the roundup on Friday

  8. All my favorite veggies - looks fabulous!

  9. I'm entirely with you on the crispy bits. And the pasta looks fantastic. :)

  10. Kleopatra, I agree with you!

    Hi Ruth, I am looking forward to seeing this week's Presto Pasta Nights Round-up.

    Atxvegan, It was even better the next night coated in cheese sauce! But both were great!

    Hi Wendy, Crispy bits rock!


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