Star of the Show

Too often I find that I make vegetables the side-show and highlight something else as the star of the show. Very often that is meat of some sort. Like many of you, I have been trying to increase my meatless meals a bit and with the dish below, I not only do that but move vegetables to the star of the show.

Roasted Vegetable Pasta

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The roasted vegetables bring depth and complexity to this dish.

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Using fresh pasta for a dish like this is the way to go.

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The tomatoes are cooking up.

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Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Prep Time: 0 hours 5 minutes | Cook Time: 0 hours 35 minutes | Servings: 4 servings | Difficulty: Easy


Kosher salt
2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup grated pecorino romano or parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
9 ounces fresh linguine
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Meanwhile, toss the zucchini and asparagus with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast until tender, about 20 minutes.

Heat the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 more seconds. Increase the heat to medium high, add the tomatoes and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese.

Meanwhile, add the linguine to the boiling water and cook as the label directs. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and add to the skillet with the sauce. Add the roasted vegetables and the reserved cooking water; toss to combine, then stir in the basil. Divide among bowls and top with more cheese.

Per serving: Calories 456; Fat 17 g (Saturated 5 g); Cholesterol 15 mg; Sodium 341 mg; Carbohydrate 60 g; Fiber 6 g; Protein 18 g


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Categories: Cheese, Italian, Main Dish, Recipes, vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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3 Comments on “Star of the Show”

  1. February 4, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    Look lovely!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. February 4, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    ok… that just looks amazing!


  3. February 17, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

    This I will try to cook…looks easy enough for me as I hardly cook. Your recipes all look great and especially the pork tenderloins!!


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