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Easy Pasta recipes – Penne with Summer Vegetables

Posted on October 12, 2009 by in pasta

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Penne with Summer Vegetables

Penne with Summer Vegetables, easy pasta recipes are plenty, but it is not always so easy to find healthy pasta recipes. Given the choice my family will also opt for a creamy carbonara, lasagnas and or a 3 cheese mac ‘n cheese. We are however trying to eat slightly more healthy in this family, by just cutting out unnecessary fats, sauces and sugars.
The vegetables that I chose for this recipe are all at their peak now, so they are sweet and the colors are just too beautiful.
I also wanted each vegetable to still be prominent in this recipe, so I chose not to have a tomato base sauce, but rather to add the roasted, halved cocktail tomatoes right at the end. The result was a flavorful pasta,packed with the goodness from the vegetables, but without the calories from a creamy sauce.

Penne with Summer vegetables


500gr penne – cooked to packet instructions
1 big onion – finely chopped
4-5 courgettes – diced finely
250gr mushrooms finely chopped
150gr asparagus – cut in chunks
500 gr cocktail tomatoes – halved
fresh thyme
good quality extra virgin olive oil
salt/freshly grounded pepper
juice and zest of a lemon
Parmesan cheese

Penne with Summer Vegetables

Preheat oven to 220C and roast the tomatoes with some olive oil and a dash of balsamic vinegar. When they start to color, remove from the oven and keep aside.
Heat a skillet and a generous glug of the olive oil. Saute the onions for a while and add the other ingredients, except the tomatoes and the asparagus. Keep the heat high and sauté rather than cook the vegetables. When just about ready add the asparagus and the tomatoes. The heat from the other vegetables is enough to cook the asparagus. Just before serving, add another glug of the olive oil and season. Drain the pasta and serve with this delicious “sauce” and freshly grated Parmesan Cheese.
If you like a bit of heat, feel free to add some chili or some chili flakes.

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28 Responses to “Easy Pasta recipes – Penne with Summer Vegetables”

  1. Lynnylu 12 October 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    What a lovely colorful pasta dish! Looks great and easy to prepare with fresh veggies.

  2. Susan 12 October 2009 at 12:59 pm #

    This looks sooo mouth watering!!!

  3. My Carolina Kitchen 12 October 2009 at 1:04 pm #

    Lots of good vegetables in this – zucchini, asparagus, mushrooms and tomatoes. They are some of my very favorites. You're right. So many recipes call for cream with pasta. Thanks for making this healthy. I love that great crusty baguette. Lucky you to be able to get such a gorgeous baguette where you live.

  4. Jeanne 12 October 2009 at 1:04 pm #

    Oooh, how can you resist a pasta so colourful and pretty??? Tempting as though a creamy carbonara is… 😉

  5. Koek! 12 October 2009 at 1:05 pm #

    Simply, stylish, yummy looking and sounding. I find it hard to restrain myself from covering all pastas in a mountain of Parmesan though!

  6. The Woman 12 October 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    This is so fresh looking! Great pic.

  7. Marianna 12 October 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    I am all the way a carbs & veggies person- and when it comes to pasta, I much prefer veggie based sauces then creamy/cheesy ones- so this would be my ideal kind of dish! Lovely colourful appetizing dish you have made here!

  8. ♥peachkins♥ 12 October 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    what a beautiful,colorful dish!

  9. Bellini Valli 12 October 2009 at 5:04 pm #

    It is always nice to find a healthy as well as tasty pasta dish not laden with cream or heavy sauces…although there is a time and a place for them as well:D

  10. Kevin 12 October 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    I really like all of those fresh roasted vegetables in this pasta!

  11. Christie @ Fig&Cherry 12 October 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    Just beautiful Nina! And those asparagus look particularly young and tender, just delicious!

  12. Pam 12 October 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    This looks simply delicious.

  13. mycookinghut 12 October 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    I love simple pasta like this and with vegs… just too good to say no.. 😛

  14. tobias cooks! 12 October 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    this is great when friends are coming over

  15. Helene 13 October 2009 at 1:47 am #

    Another delicious picture. Food looks so yummy.

  16. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 13 October 2009 at 2:43 am #

    This really is the perfect summer pasta recipe! The colors are just gorgeous. Certainly not lacking for taste!

  17. Anonymous 13 October 2009 at 11:47 am #

    A wonderful recipe for meatless Mondays!! PPD

  18. Wendy T 13 October 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    That looks gorgeous…lovely colours!!!

  19. myfrenchkitchen 13 October 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    This recipe looks so healthy and tantalizing! Beautiful colours just heightens the expectation and makes you WANT to enjoy!

  20. Juliana 13 October 2009 at 9:58 pm #

    Lovely pasta dish, love all the veggies in it, looks so pretty and tasty, mouth watering 🙂

  21. biz319 14 October 2009 at 1:45 am #

    Love how this dish looks – but I think the bread is more tempting for me! 😀

  22. Susan @ SGCC 14 October 2009 at 3:05 am #

    This pasta dish looks amazing! What gorgeous colors! The fact that it's healthy too is a bonus. 🙂

  23. MeetaK 14 October 2009 at 10:11 am #

    Nina this looks amzingly colorful and healthy. Who ever said that healthy means boring certainly did not come here!

  24. Jann 15 October 2009 at 11:48 am #

    Wonderful ingredients in this pasta dish! Great for family and friends… colorful…love the bread photo,too!

  25. Peter M 28 October 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    Nina, if this dish were on a buffet table, it would still be noticed with it's brilliant colours, an eye-catcher!

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  27. mahnoor 18 September 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    waooooooo yummyyyy

  28. Recipe 13 July 2015 at 6:09 am #

    It is very tasty recipe. I will try to make it.

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