A quick and easy meatless main or healthy side dish, your family will love this Garlic Roasted Vegetable Pasta.
The most delicious meals created in my kitchen are almost always those that are created in a last-ditch attempt to clean out the fridge. Since I have very little self control in the produce aisle (shocker!), I am always looking for new and inventive ways to avoid food waste.
There are two things my boys love more than life and that is roasted vegetables and pasta. One morning while they were eating breakfast I decided to peel and dice any and all veggies I could find in the fridge to whip up a fast and flavorful Garlic Roasted Vegetable Pasta. For a sweet, caramelized note I added whole garlic cloves in the skin to the party.
I happened to have a box of thin spaghetti on hand but feel free to use any type of pasta you wish. We are usually a whole wheat penne family but the boys were happy to slurp up these long strands of olive-oil coated spaghetti.
While the vegetables are roasting, cook the pasta and reserve a bit of the salty, starchy cooking liquid for later. Once you drain the pasta, add it right back into the warm pot then toss in the roasted vegetables, olive oil, parmesan cheese. Add just enough of the reserved cooking liquid to create a silky, smooth sauce then sprinkle with fresh parsley to serve.
Your fork is waiting.
- 8 ounces whole wheat spaghetti - cooked according to package instructions
- 8 cups cubed vegetables (i.e. eggplant, red peppers, zucchini, sweet potato, onion, etc.)
- 12 garlic cloves, whole skin-on
- ¼ cup olive oil - divided
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup grated parmesan
- ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
- chili flakes - optional
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.
- Place vegetables and garlic cloves on baking sheet then drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss well then roast until tender, 18-20 minutes.
- While vegetables are roasting, prepare pasta according to package instructions reserving ½ cup starchy cooking liquid. Strain pasta then return to the warm cooking pot.
- Toss roasted vegetables into the pasta pot along with reserved cooking liquid, parmesan, parsley and chili flakes. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly before serving.
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