I came up with this fantastic pasta quite recently and honestly, it’s so delicious that even my die-hard meat-loving husband is asking for seconds! I was inspired by Tesco’s frozen Mediterranean vegetable mix but there were things that I wanted to add and things that I wanted to remove or reduce- particularly too much salt and oil. With that in mind, I sat down and conjured up my own roasted Mediterranean vegetable mix, only for us to blend them and turn them into a tasty pasta sauce!
I used dried pasta for this recipe, rather than fresh, as it is typically vegan (though do check!). Although not a vegan myself, I’ve wanted to explore vegan cooking for a while to find tasty, healthy recipes which will help provide my husband and myself with essential vitamins and nutrients. After a little research, I’m proud to say that this recipe is 100% vegan. It can be served alongside meat for those meat-lovers or topped with grated cheese for vegetarians of course, but I assure you that it’s quite fine on it’s own!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
- 4 cups (512g) dried penne pasta
- Water, plus 100ml boiled water
- 24 cherry tomatoes
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 red onion, peeled and diced
- 1/2 courgette, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
- 1 tbsp dried basil
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt (use only 1/2 tsp if you prefer not to boil pasta in salt water)
- 1tsp ground black pepper
- In a large pot, bring enough water to a rolling boil and boil the penne pasta for 5 minutes, or until cooked through. Add 1/2 tsp salt, if desired.
- In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil and add cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, courgette and garlic. Cook continuously over a medium heat until onion turns translucent and the vegetables have softened, about ten minutes.
- Once cooked, place the vegetable mix into a blender and add the remaining salt, black pepper, basil and boiling water. Blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until smooth.
- Drain the pasta and return to the pot. Pour over the vegetable mixture and stir well to coat the pasta.
- Serve and enjoy!
I hope that you enjoy this recipe and I hope that it satisfies your tastebuds. Has this pasta got the thumbs up from your picky eaters? Do let me know in the comments!
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