Done in 30 minutes or less, this vegan basil pesto pasta with vegetables is delicious and nutritious. Now, that’s a combo we can get behind.
Let’s get to it!
Keen For The Green
Since it’s nearing the end of summer weather where we live, there’s some last bits of basil in our garden to use up (ahem, pesto please). And we are always down for some carbs. So, the only logical option would be pesto pasta (…duh)!
We believe some foods are just meant for each other. Pesto and pasta are members of that group. Seriously, how can both foods be so flippin’ scrumdiddlyumptious? All we can say is, thank you to whoever first brought these two together. They’re a match made in heaven.
The really nice thing about this dish is how convenient everything is to throw together (hooray for busy weeknights). It takes all of 30 minutes, yet tastes gourmet! Plus, it’s just as tasty served either cold or hot, making it a great lunch for work and school.
We love loading our pasta with tons of Mediterranean-style vegetables, but this part is totally customizable. It’s nice to mix things up in the veggie department, but typically we reach for greens like broccolini, arugula, or spinach, lots of sun-dried tomatoes and olives, and roasted peppers! Mmmm.
Key Ingredients For Vegan Basil Pesto Pasta
- Pasta: we use radiatori pasta for this recipe, which can be used interchangeably with rotini if you can’t find any. The name radiatori apparently comes from the fact that they look like mini radiators (imagine that). They are our preferred pasta for this recipe since there’s lots of surface area to catch all that sauce. Plus, the shape pairs well with bite-size veggies.
- Basil pesto: if you’re a pesto person, this is your lucky day. Quickly make a batch of our basil pesto, and thank us later (seriously, you’ll be done in 5 minutes). It’s herbaceous, savoury, and zesty — just what this pasta needs.
- Sun-dried tomatoes: tangy and sweet are words that come to mind when we think of sun-dried tomatoes. They add just the right amount of intense, juicy flavor to this savoury pasta dish. Tomatoes are high in an antioxidant, Lycopene, which is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer according to some studies. Alright tomatoes!
- Vegan parmesan: salty, cheesy, and magnificent. Vegan parm is used in both the basil pesto and as a garnish. It’s not something you want to skip on. Plus, you’ll be delighted to know it provides you with a healthy dose of vitamin B12 from the nutritional yeast content. Now that’s a win-win situation.
How to Make Vegan Basil Pesto Pasta With Vegetables
To start off, you’ll need to fill a large pot about 2/3-3/4 full with water, and bring it to a boil for the pasta. Then, you’ll heat some oil in a pan over medium.
We typically use the oil from our jar of sun-dried tomatoes, but olive or avocado oil work great too. Throw in your sliced mushrooms, and sauté them for a couple minutes before adding in the broccolini.
Next, add in the sliced zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, chopped artichokes, and roasted red peppers. Cover your pan, and turn the heat down slightly. Let those veggies sauté for about 5 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper when they are almost done.
By this time, the pasta water should be boiling. Throw in a pinch of salt, then the pasta. Cook it according to your package directions.
While you’re waiting for the veggies and pasta to cook, whip up a batch of our vegan parmesan and vegan basil pesto. When the pasta is done, drain it, then add it back to the same pot you cooked it in. Mix in the cooked vegetables, arugula, and pesto, and combine well.
Serve the pasta with a side of sun-dried olives and vegan parmesan on top. It also tastes amazing with a side of sourdough bread!
How to Store Vegan Basil Pesto Pasta
This pasta stores well in the fridge for up to 2-3 days, which makes it great for leftover lunches! We do not recommend freezing it.
Why You’ll Love This Vegan Basil Pesto Pasta With Vegetables
All we can say is this pesto pasta has got it goin’ on. We hope you love this meal as much as us! It’s:
- Delicious & nutritious
If you make this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment, rate it, and tag us on Instagram with #brokebankvegan. Happy eating!
Other Recipes You’ll Enjoy
- Mediterranean Couscous Salad
- The Best Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo
- Mediterranean Inspired Socca Pizza
- Easy Vegan Basil Pesto
- Vegan Parmesan Cheese
6 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories526
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 18.8g 29%
- Saturated Fat 2.4g 12%
- Sodium 227.3mg 10%
- Potassium 396.8mg 12%
- Total Carbohydrate 72.0g 24%
- Dietary Fiber 9.5g 38%
- Sugars 5.7g
- Protein 16.3g 33%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
What are some other vegetables I can use?
Some other vegetables to try using in this recipe include other summer squash varieties like patty pan, eggplant, asparagus, broccoli, spinach, or peas.
How can I make this recipe gluten-free?
The only thing you’ll need to swap out in order to make this recipe gluten-free is the pasta. Choose whatever gluten-free pasta is your favorite, and there you have it!
How can I boost the protein content even more?
If you want to add a little more protein to this pasta, try using lentil or chickpea pasta. Alternatively, you can just throw whole chickpeas or white kidney beans in for a little extra.