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Summer Spaghetti: Easy, Healthy Vegetable Pasta

I assure you this is not becoming a food blog. But ever since I started feeling better during this pregnancy, and as I’m nearly finished with my third trimester, it seems all I can think about is food. Food. Food. Food. My second chin can confirm that this is, in fact, true. That being said, I’ve discovered my new all-time favorite pasta recipe that I’ve already made 4 times in two weeks. Even Ben, who won’t touch a pasta that’s not covered in meat, downed two large bowls of this “vegetable” pasta the other night. You could even add grilled chicken if you wanted.

Summertime Healthy Vegetable Pasta
package of spaghetti or linguini
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup grilled zucchini chopped
3/4 cup grilled yellow squash chopped
3/4 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup ripped basil
5 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
dash of red chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

Slice the zucchini and squash length wise and lightly season with olive oil and salt and pepper–getting them ready for the grill.

Slice your yummy tomatoes.

Roughly chop your garlic cloves.


Cook the pasta al dente (approximately 9 minutes).
Be sure to reserve about a cup of the water from the boiled pasta.

Grill the zucchini and squash until grill marks appear but veges are still firm.

Chop firm veges.

In a large sauce pan, add the olive oil and garlic.  Sautee the garlic until soft but not brown.
Add the grilled veges, the tomatoes, the basil and the chili powder to the saucepan and cook on med-high heat.


Salt and pepper to taste.  I don’t like my veges mushy, so I cooked everything until soft, but still firm in the center–only a few minutes.  If you want your pasta to have more of a kick, you can add more chili powder.

Add pasta and grated parmesan cheese. Add about half of the cup of reserved water and toss the pasta in the saucepan.  Add the remaining reserved water only if needed.


Serve hot and enjoy. Seriously yummy! Makes excellent left overs.

 

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Summer Spaghetti: Easy, Healthy Vegetable Pasta
 
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Ingredients
  • package of spaghetti or linguini
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup grilled zucchini chopped
  • ¾ cup grilled yellow squash chopped
  • ¾ cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup ripped basil
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • dash of red chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Slice the zucchini and squash length wise and lightly season with olive oil and salt and pepper–getting them ready for the grill.
  2. Slice your yummy tomatoes.
  3. Roughly chop your garlic cloves.
  4. Cook the pasta al dente (approximately 9 minutes). Be sure to reserve about a cup of the water from the boiled pasta.
  5. Grill the zucchini and squash until grill marks appear but veges are still firm.
  6. Chop firm veges.
  7. In a large sauce pan, add the olive oil and garlic. Sautee the garlic until soft but not brown.
  8. Add the grilled veges, the tomatoes, the basil and the chili powder to the saucepan and cook on med-high heat.
  9. Salt and pepper to taste. I don’t like my veges mushy, so I cooked everything until soft, but still firm in the center–only a few minutes. If you want your pasta to have more of a kick, you can add more chili powder.
  10. Add pasta and grated parmesan cheese. Add about half of the cup of reserved water and toss the pasta in the saucepan. Add the remaining reserved water only if needed.

 

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Beth @ Shug in Boots
    May 29, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Holy cow. That looks delicious. I don’t eat gluten, but I bet it would be delicious with gluten free noodles as well. I will def. have to give this a try this summer with some fresh veggies from the garden. Thanks for posting!

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    Jessi H.
    May 29, 2012 at 1:54 am

    This is exactly what I didn’t realize I’ve been craving! Thank you darling girl!

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    Jennifer
    May 29, 2012 at 2:21 am

    YUMMO! Definitely gonna try this out. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Erin
    May 29, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Yum! I have done this with pasta and have also done it with quinoa.

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    Hannah
    May 29, 2012 at 6:45 am

    That looks sooooo yummy! I will definitely try this one!!! ♥

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    Abby
    May 29, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Hello. You did all this AND took care of my kids tonight? Are you Wonder Woman?

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    Amanda
    May 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

    WOW!! Thanks for sharing this, my family L.O.V.E.S. veggies, so this would be great!

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    Katie
    May 29, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Definitely going to make this this week–thanks!!

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    Katie @ My Darling Days
    May 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Look at you, little miss Betty Crocker 🙂 My husband would devour this in 2.5 seconds. I, on the other hand, side with your hubby Ben. I am a meat and potatoes kinda girl…. I gotta work on my veggie eating skills! Thanks for sharing {and glad you’re feeling better!}

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    Amy
    May 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    That looks so good!

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    Kelsey
    May 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    This looks so yummy! I think I am going to try it on Thursday with some cherry tomatoes and basil from my garden! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Melanie Cantelmo
    May 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Oh that looks so good! I’ve been pinning everything to do with food now that I’m pregnant. I’ve been so sick but still love food! LOL.

  • Reply
    Anna @ The Guiltless Life
    May 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Yum! I love that it becomes a food blog if you post yummy veggie recipes like this haha. It’s delish!

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    School Sparks Renee
    May 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Looks delicious and perfect for summer! Renee

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    Shannon
    May 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    This looks amazing. I am going to get the stuff to make this the next time I go Krogering. Thanks for posting this recipe for us.

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    Lindsay M
    May 30, 2012 at 4:40 am

    I’m definitely at the point where pregnancy is just making me more and more hungry. And? This looks delish! I have to try it soon 🙂

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    Jess
    May 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Looks amazing. Will try soon! Thanks Momma!

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    Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    May 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    That sounds so good!!! The veggies you used are all favorites in our house! Maybe I can get my hubs to try this pasta…

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    Meredith
    May 31, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    This looks so good–and healthy! Pinning and trying–thanks 😉

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    Michelle {the Momma Bird}
    June 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    And you just made this pregnant Momma need to buy those ingredients this weekend 🙂
    xoxo

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    Jenna Allen
    June 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    that looks so simple and delicious! Right up my summer menu-makin alley!

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