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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Vegan Pasta Primavera (Easy, 30 Minute Meal)

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Delicious Vegan Pasta Primavera will knock your socks off with its incredible flavors. Tender pasta is combined with loads of fresh veggies, tossed in a rich marinara sauce, and is seasoned to perfection. The best part: you can whip up this family-friendly meal in just 25 minutes! 

vegan pasta primavera served on a white plate

Pasta Primavera is one of my favorite recipes to make. Whether you grow your own veggies, or love to hit the farmers market, this easy vegan pasta primavera recipe is simple to customize based on whatever you find in season!

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Pasta, in general, is a great meal for batch cooking or serving a crowd because it’s just so easy to make! And I guarantee my vegan version of traditional pasta primavera will satisfy even the pickiest eaters in your house!

My family seems to want to eat pasta every week, and this is the perfect recipe for satisfying their pasta craving, while still giving them something that’s healthy and tasty. I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

Recipe Ingredients and Notes

ingredients for vegan pasta primavera

Pasta: I used whole wheat penne pasta, but you can use any pasta shape you like! If you’re gluten-free, just substitute gluten-free pasta. If you want more protein, try a chickpea or lentil based pasta!

Olive Oil: For cooking the veggies

Veggies: Red bell pepper, Onions, Zucchini, Summer Squash and Baby Spinach were my choices, but you can literally put any of your favorite veggies into this simple pasta dish!

Garlic: Because you can’t have Italian food without garlic!

Spices: I used dried Italian Seasoning, Dried Oregano, Salt, Black Pepper, and Crushed Red Pepper Flakes to give this healthy pasta primavera its rich flavor. Any fresh herbs like fresh Basil, Thyme or Rosemary would also taste great in this dish.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese: As a topping! You can also use nutritional yeast, or leave off the cheese altogether.

Marinara Sauce: Feel free to make your own, or use your favorite low-sugar jarred variety. I chose to go with the jarred version to save time.

Tools and Equipment You’ll Need

Step by Step Instructions

Cook Your Pasta: Cook pasta in a large pot according to package directions (on high or medium-high heat) until it’s al dente.

While The Pasta Cooks, Make The Cooked Veggies: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, peppers, and garlic, saute 5 minutes. Add the zucchini, squash, baby spinach, Italian seasoning, Oregano, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper.

veggies cooking in a pan

Saute 10 minutes or until the veggies have cooked through but are still slightly crisp.

veggies cooking in a pan

Drain and Serve: Serve the cooked pasta with sauce, cooked vegetables, and top with vegan parmesan cheese.

vegan pasta primavera served on a white plate

What Makes This Vegan Pasta Primavera Healthy?

  • Low In Calories: Each serving is less than 400 calories and is super satisfying! You can fill up on the veggies and pasta without all the guilt. 
  • High in Protein and Fiber: One serving of this creamy vegan pasta primavera has 15 grams of plant protein and 14 grams of fiber! Fiber and protein both help keep you satisfied and fuller longer.
  • Vitamins and Nutrients: Thanks to the ton of vegetables in this dish, you’ll find Potassium, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin B6, Magnesium and antioxidants in this recipe!

Recipe FAQs

Is Vegan Pasta Primavera Kid Friendly?

Most kids love pasta, even picky eaters! This easy recipe is super kid friendly because it’s mild in flavor and has great texture. If you have especially picky eaters, I recommend adding the veggies into a food processor with the marinara sauce and blending it all together, so they don’t realize they’re actually eating veggies when you serve this classic pasta dish!

What Do I Serve with Pasta Primavera?

This classic Italian dish goes with just about anything. You can even eat it by itself and feel completely fulfilled. Side dishes we typically enjoy with this recipe include: whole grain crusty bread, garlic bread, a fresh side salad, a light broth based soup, or even fresh fruit!

How to Store and Keep

To Store: Let the pasta cool, then store in an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for 4 days. 

To Freeze: Transfer the pasta to a freezer-safe airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. This main dish is great for meal prep too! You can make a big batch of this vegan pasta primavera and store it in individual containers (so it’s ready to be reheated in portions).

To reheat: Place the pasta in the fridge the night before to thaw. If heating directly from frozen (without thawing), defrost in the microwave using the defrost setting. If heating from the fridge, warm the pasta it in the microwave or in a medium pot, on medium heat, with a drizzle of olive oil. Stir frequently and remove from the stove as soon as it’s hot. 

Recipe Variations

  • This easy pasta recipe can literally hold tons of different veggies! Feel free to add in any seasonal vegetables you like — broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, carrots, sweet peppers, fresh green beans or juicy tomatoes would all taste great in this easy meal.
  • Add more protein: There are tons of good options for protein in this dish. To keep it vegan friendly, try adding some tofu or tempeh crumbles. If you aren’t vegetarian or vegan, you can always add meat to this recipe – diced chicken, grilled shrimp, or even bacon would all be tasty in this dish. 
  • Add different toppings: Try some lemon zest, diced cherry tomatoes, fresh oregano, or parsley on top! 
  • Try different pastas: switch up the pasta shape, or variety of pasta (e.g. gluten free pasta, chickpea/lentil pasta, quinoa pasta, etc!)

Top Tips for Making Vegan Pasta Primavera

  • Use fresh vegetables whenever possible — just buy whatever is in season and customize as needed!
  • When cutting the veggies, try to make them all the same size — this will make it much easier to eat. Cook the veggies until they are just tender (you don’t want to overcook them!)
  • When cooking dry pasta, I recommend cooking it about 1-2 minutes less than what’s written on the box. That will make it perfectly al dente, and then the pasta won’t get overcooked when you combine it with the warm sauce and veggies.
vegan pasta primavera served on a white plate

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Vegan Pasta Primavera

Delicious Vegan Pasta Primavera will knock your socks off with its incredible flavors. Filled with fresh, tender vegetables, tossed in a rich marinara sauce, and seasoned to perfection, you can whip up this family-friendly meal in just 25 minutes! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Vegan
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 382kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 3 red peppers diced
  • 3 zucchini cut into quarters and diced
  • 3 summer squash cut into quarters and diced
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves roughly chopped
  • 5-8 cloves of garlic minced (depending on how garlicky you like it!)
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp Dried oregano more to taste
  • ¾ tsp Salt more or less to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper more or less to taste
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 8 tbsp grated Vegan parmesan cheese 2 tbsp per serving
  • 1 cup Marinara Sauce 1/4 cup per serving

Instructions

  • Heat 2 tsp olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onions, peppers and garlic, saute 5 minutes.
  • Add the zucchini, squash, baby spinach, Italian seasoning, Oregano, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper, saute 10 minutes or until the veggies have cooked through but are still slightly crisp.
  • While the veggies are cooking, cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • Serve the pasta with sauce, veggies, and top with parmesan cheese.

Video

https://youtu.be/tFuBAOtbMII

Notes

Top Tips for Making Vegan Pasta Primavera
  • Use fresh vegetables whenever possible — just buy whatever is in season and customize as needed!
  • When cutting the veggies, try to make them all the same size — this will make it much easier to eat. Cook the veggies until they are just tender (you don’t want to overcook them!)
  • When cooking dry pasta, I recommend cooking it about 1-2 minutes less than what’s written on the box. That will make it perfectly al dente, and then the pasta won’t get overcooked when you combine it with the warm sauce and veggies.
Note: 1 serving = 1/4 cup pasta (dry) + 1/4 cup sauce + 2 tbsp cheese + 1/4 of the veggie mixture.

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 987mg | Potassium: 1407mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 8g

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