Saturday, July 18, 2009

fresh veggie pasta

summer produce makes my world go round. farmer's markets, local gardens, roadside fruits and veggies... i love being able to incorporate all this freshness into my meals. sure, i use a can of this or that along the way, but the bright colours and crisp flavours take center stage.

  • 8 oz. pasta
  • 1/2 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium sunburst squash
  • 1/4 head of cabbage
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • *or three fresh tomatoes
  • 1 half can tomato paste (3 oz.)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
cook pasta according to directions on package. chop all veggies into bite size pieces, and shred cabbage. in a large skillet or saucepan, pour in the entire can of tomatoes (including liquid!) and add veggies and spices. if you use fresh tomatoes, you may need to add 1/2 cup a water because this liquid really helps soften the veggies and cabbage. cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes, until cabbage is tender. add in the tomato paste around the 10 minute mark - the tomato paste serves as a thickening agent for the sauce, so you may need to add more than 3. oz if sauce is still thin.

pour chunky veggie sauce over your pasta noodles of choice - here with elbow macaroni.


Eddie G said...

Wow--that looks *delish*!

iRaw said...

Oh Yum! Pasta like this is the best - all the fresh veggies make it absolutely delish! Can I sprinkle a lil vegan cheese on mine? :) This must be an Italian family thing imbedded into my brain from years ago - if tomato sauce is involved you've gotta put some cheese on top! haha

jessy said...

aren't frest summer veggies the best?!?! mmmmmmmmmmmm! your veggie pasta is colorful and awesome looking - i love that you added in some cabbage, miss v.! we just picked one up at the farmer's market this week and i'm think'n that a pasta with cabbage would be most excellent! thanks!

East Village Vegan said...

Thanks for the recipe! I agree with you about the fresh produce. I love going to the farmer's market. TGIS. Thank goodness it's summer=great veggies/fruits

Lauren said...

I loooove veggie pasta! Especially with all the wonderful Summer produce!! :) This looks great!

Mrs. Mandy said...

Looks like you love tomatoes as much as my husband! Nummers. Thanks for the encouragement regarding the vegan baking. I used baking powder and baking soda, as well as xanthan gum, which I'm pretty sure just brings some structure, but is not supposed to leaven the dough...thoughts?

Anonymous said...

hello there :) this looks super delish! i love my fresh veggies and i like how you make use of it in this dish!