Vegetable Pasta

Vegetable Pasta

Vegetable Pasta

Fresh vegetables and whole grain pasta with savory tomato sauce makes a very colorful and delicious pasta dish. This is a simple pasta dinner. Serve with a side of salad and bread.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people



  • 2 cups whole grain penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt

for Vegetables:

  • 2 medium Carrots sliced
  • 1/2 cup green beans chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 medium sliced zucchini
  • 1/2 cup cut cauliflower in small piecess
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt

For Marinara Sauce

  • 6 medium diced tomatoes
  • 1 15oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil
  • 1 tsp Italian herb
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp sugar

For Preparing Pasta:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil
  • 1 tsp chili flakes


Cooking Pasta

  • In a large pot boil the water with salt and oil. After water comes to the boil add the pasta.
  • Cook the pasta until it is just tender, not too soft. Drain the water and set pasta aside.

making Vegetables:

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.
  • Add vegetables (carrot, green beans, bell pepper, mushrooms, and zucchini) to skillet and sauté until they are nearly tender.

Marinara Sauce

  • Mix the cornstarch in ¼ cup of water and keep aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and add the basil, Italian herbs, and chili flakes stir and add tomatoes.
  • Let the tomatoes cook until they become pasty.
  • Next add cornstarch, salt and sugar to the tomato sauce, cornstarch will give thickness to the sauce.
  • Next add the sauté vegetables to the sauce and cook for few minutes on medium heat until sauce come to the desirable thickness.

Prepare The Pasta

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan and add basil and chili flakes stir for few seconds.
  • Next add the drained pasta and sauté for a minute until pasta is well coated with oil.
  • Pour the vegetable sauce over the pasta, serve hot with slice of French bread and salad.


For this recipe you need about 5 cups of vegetable, replace the vegetables to your choice.
Serving suggestion:
Serve pasta with slice of toasted bread and green salad.
Additional Notes:
I like to serve pasta with slice toasted and spiced French bread. Before toasting the bread spread the olive oil and sprinkle basil, chili flakes and salt.
Keyword Pasta With Marinara Sauce, Pasta Without Onion Garlic
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80 thoughts on “Vegetable Pasta

  1. Dear Manjulaji ,
    Although I have been watching and cooking your recipes for more than 3 years , I am writing to you for the first time. All your recipes are great. I have a couple of questions regarding this recipe. Is there any particular reason for using fresh tomatoes and canned tomatoes both. secondly , I have read somewhere that basil leaves should not be cooked and always should be added at the end of cooking. your views ?

      1. Thank you for the response. In India the trend of using canned items is not prevalent. If I use complete freshly chopped tomatoes , in what way the texture will be different ?

  2. Hello Manjula Ji.

    I watched your many video, they are always good. Your voice is so sweet and the way you speak I love it.

    Your Pasta Recipe is so good, I am going to make it tonight , may be not like yours.


  3. Hi Manjula g
    I wanna thank unfortunately all that I could learn from u. I am a very big fan of u n ur cooking,to be more precise my kids too love to watch ur videos n tell me to make ur receipts everyday. u changed my life . I am very thankful to u


  4. Dear Manjula Anty..Your cooking has really inspired me to be a cook, post marrige I had moved to Taipei, Taiwan and knew no cooking. With the help of your recepies, I learnt and became a good cook. Thanks!!

  5. Hello Manjula,
    Can you please provide me with approx amount of calories and protein per serving of the vegetable pasta. I have made this dish 2 times and it’s getting better every time. Very good recipe thanks so much 🙂

    1. Sorry Aunty..

      I mean, you’re using canned tomatoes.. Could you please tell me how to prepare those.. Is that a kind of tomato? Or Do we have to prepare a normal tomato to become canned..?

      Thanks in advance for your aide..

      Jayashree Bhaskar

      1. Jayashree, tomatoes that come in cans are what Manjula is talking about. In the comment below yours, she did say that we can use all fresh tomatoes instead of using 6 fresh tomatoes and some canned tomatoes. 15 ounce (written as oz) equals slightly less than 500 grams so use accordingly.

  6. Hi,

    Thanks Manjula ji……That was a lovely recipe and everyone at my home loved it! I am also taking the same recipe for the PotLuck thats organized at my office!


  7. hello majulaji,

    All your recipes are wonderful. For long i was searching for good north indian (particularly gujarathi dishes) vegetarian recipes. Thanks a lot to u. I am sure lot of them would have benefitted from your recipes. Wonderful job. Keep going.


  8. Manjulaji

    Thanxs for the recipes u r giving us all vegetarian. I usually cooks the normal food but after going through ur site I am a Chef of my house every time something new i going to make.

    thanxs once again

  9. Hi Manjula auntyji,
    Next to Indian food, Italian food must be the choice! I love it. This pasta dish with Indian flavour, yum yum, I love it. Thank you Manjulaaunty. You have made me ver happy. Manjula auntiji jai ho!

  10. hi manjula ji,
    I love your recipes i watch all of them and try it at home it was really awesome all gives me praise for making that food.
    I am requesting you to tell how to gatte ki sabji please reply me.
    you are a great cook may god bless you and you live thousands, million years.
    best regards,

  11. Thank you Manjula ji for sharing this recipe.I consider myself a very good cook because friends and family loves my food but i must say every time i watch your recipes there is always something new to learn.You are a wonderful cook for sure.

  12. Hi Manjula Ji,
    That was a lovely recipe
    I tried it at home for dinner and it came out very well
    My family members loved it and appreciated me
    All credits goes to you
    Thank you

  13. Manjula,
    I am not indian. I am from a country in North Africa and live in the Golf. We do eat a lot of vegetables at home. We are not vegetarian but we eat meat from time to time. We are flexitarian if you want. Since I have discovered your recipes, I am eating less meat.
    Thank you so much for your wonderfull recipes. They are tasty with a lot of flavors and most of the ingredients are fresh. It is a real food. So far, I have tried potatos, eggplants and I am going to try this pasta which I am sure , it will be wonderfull and my family loved all what I cooked.
    Thank you for making us eat better. God bless you Manjula.

  14. Thank you Manjula ji, it was a wonderful recepie…I have been looking to make pasta since ages, but could not find any suitable for vegetarians…Thanks a lot, keep posting some more interesting recepies…

  15. Nitia,
    When she says mixed italian herbs Manjula means “italian seasoning” It is a blend of several different italian herbs and can be found in the spices/salt section of any American grocery store. On the bottle it will specifically be called “Italian Seasoning”.
    Hope that this clarifies things even more.

  16. Aunt y good Recipe,
    i read your recipe in office. try to cook it home.
    your method of cooking is very good , simple & quite.
    I Learn many Recipes. Every body cook very easily from your cooking Method.

  17. Hi aunty,
    i tried some of ur recepies , all came out very well. i like to try this pasta too, if i use only diced tomatos , how much i need to use ? and please post a recepie for sphagatti

  18. Hello Manjula Ji,
    If i do not want to use Canned tomatoes, will there be any variation in taste,and can i just replace it with fresh tomatoes in this recipe ?

  19. Great!! Thank You aunty!
    This turned out great! Your website is a lifesaver for vegetarian college students! You make everything look so easy!
    Keep up the good work, and showing more recipes

  20. thank you mrs. manjula…
    could u pls tell me how can we make gravy without onion…..beacuse we r also jain n we have to avoid onion, ginger garlic… without all this how can we make food delicious….

  21. THank you anuty.
    This receipe turned really great. I couldn`t beleive it myself. Not less than any italian restaurant.
    Thank you so much.
    Happy new year.

    1. The photo of the pasta is so tempting. I’m going to the supermarket
      right now to buy the ingredients n bake it. Its 11.20pm 😉

      Thanks Manjula

  22. This recipe is so good and my grandchildren love it! Thank you for sharing your recipes. I love watching you teach, and you give such clear instructions. I also appreciate you suggesting what other dishes, bread or rice to serve with the dish.

    Warm regards,

  23. Hello Aunty,
    I tried this pasta recipe and it turned out amazingly delicious. My husband is very fond of pastas and he truly enjoyed this one.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

  24. Sounds like a very good pasta sauce with all the great veggie’s and the added touch of chili pepper!! I like to serve pasta and sauce with french bread and salad, too. I will try this pasta recipe soon, very interesting variations, as I have never made this type of sauce without onions and garlic!
    Peace, Stephanie

  25. Hello aunty,
    Veg pasta was very good. My 3 yr old daughter njod it a lot. Can u please send some easy to pack for her box. Healthy dishes.

    Thanks in advance

  26. Hello aunty , I love all your receipes. I have tried a couple of them. They are just great!

    Is it possible to show mushroom veggie how to make. I would love to know the receipe for mushroom.


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