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Fresh Garden Vegetable Pasta

Pasta with Fresh Garden Vegetables

This is a fabulous summer that is quick, filling and low calorie, particularly if you use a whole grain pasta. Take advantage of the fresh summer vegetables, garden herbs and enjoy how quick and easy this comes together. 

Quick & Healthy Garden Vegetable Pasta


1 Tbl. olive oil

1 tsp. sugar

1 Tbl. chopped garlic or 1 bulb roasted garlic – click HERE for my easy to follow tutorial to roast garlic

1 small onion, chopped

1 cup diced zucchini

3 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped

2-4 Tbl. fresh basil, chopped*

¼ tsp. coarse ground pepper

1-2 Tbl. sundried tomato pesto (see my tutorial to make your own sun-dried roasted tomatoes  HERE or use store-bought)

1 Tbl. red wine vinegar

1 Tbl. balsamic vinegar

grated fresh Parmesan or Romano cheese

1 lb. thick spaghetti, or similar pasta


Fill a large pot with water for pasta, bring to boil.

Add pasta and cook till al denta; drain and set aside.

In a large pan sauté the onion until almost translucent.

Add in the sugar.Garden Vegetable Pasta 1Gently put the zucchini in the oil over medium heat and cook until crisp-tender.  Just until al dente. 
Garden Vegetable Pasta 2Add in the tomatoes, basil, pepper, tomato pesto/spread and vinegar’s.

Simmer for 2-3 minutes or until it is all is warmed through.Garden Vegetable Pasta 3Serve the sauce over cooked pasta and sprinkle with grated cheese.

*If fresh basil is unavailable, use 1 Tbl. dried basil and add in when you cook the garlic, onion and zucchini to give it time to soften and hydrate.

Carrie’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A  Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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  • Jenni @ Jenni's Ferris Wheel of Food says:

    This looks so light and refreshing! Plus, it would be perfect on a busy weeknight! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m stopping by from Tasty Tuesdays!
    Jenni at Jenni’s Ferris Wheel of Food

  • Thank you for sharing at Tuesday Trivia. I LOVE pasta and this dish looks fantastic. Pinned it and I’ll share it on facebook tomorrow.
    Have a beautiful day.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  • danitra says:

    I made this tonight and it was so delicious and simple! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Janise says:

    This looks delish and oh so healthy! I must try!!!


  • Cindy @Hun... What's for Dinner? says:

    What a gorgeous salad!! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  • I love how quickly this comes together. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with our Let’s Get Real readers. The colors are so beautiful. This dish will certainly be pleasing to the eye as well as the stomach. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with all of the zucchini I have. You’ve helped me out with this one.

  • Caroline says:

    Hi, I’m just stopping by from the Lets Get Real Blog Hop! I love how you’ve used veggies in this pasta. Its so bright and colorful. I’ve already pinned it to save for later.

  • You know you had me at pasta and totally going to try your version now. Thanks, Carrie and have a wonderful weekend now, too 🙂

  • Diane Roark says:


    My family is a big pasta fan too. We eat a lot of pasta dishes. I would love all these fresh vegetables in it, not to mention the seasonings. Sounds YUMMY!

    Diane Roark

  • Adrian says:

    This sounds so delicious Carrie! With the exception of the zucchini I have everything to make this. I’m so gonna have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party:)

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