Vegetable Pasta

Vegetable pasta

Ingredients (Serves 2)

1. Penne, orecchiette or any short pasta – 2 cups (8 oz)

2. Olive oil – 1.5 tbsp

3. Onion – 1/4 – 1/2 cup, diced

   Garlic – 2 – 3 cloves, minced

4. Mushroom – 3/4 cup, quartered

5. Red bell pepper – 1/2 cup, diced

   Green bell pepper – 1/2 cup, diced

6. Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

    Olives – 1/4 cup, halved

    Italian seasoning – 1/8 tsp

7. Salt and pepper – To season

8. Parmesan cheese – 1/4 cup, grated

9. Pasta cooking water – 1/4 – 1/2 cup


1. Heat 1.5 tbsp olive oil in a wide pan. Add onion and garlic. Saute for a minute. Add mushroom, bell peppers and continue to saute for 3 –4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add chopped tomato, olives and Italian seasoning. Saute for 2 – 3 minutes. Taste-check for salt.

2. Meanwhile cook the pasta according to package instructions adding salt and 1 tsp olive oil, till al dente. Right before you are ready to drain, reserve about 1/2 cup of the starchy cooking water. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauteed vegetables. Mix everything. If its dry, add 1/4 – 1/2 cup pasta cooking water and mix well. Top with grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.


1. You can use other vegetables such as zucchini, baby broccoli and spinach. If you are using penne pasta, slice the veggies lengthwise.


Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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