Quick Veggie Pasta

With the onslaught of Thanksgiving goodness last week and a few days worth of yummy leftovers, I needed something lighter. Since the Holiday season is also in full swing and things are crazy here, I also needed something quick and easy. This quick veggie pasta was the answer! I swallowed my Italian pride and used my favorite jarred marinara and pesto in the sauce to save lots of time. I was out of my stock of the homemade stuff in the freezer, so I turned to my pantry as I often do in times of desperate need, ha!

First I prepped the veggie part of the quick veggie pasta. I used cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, onion and garlic for loads of flavor!
First I prepped the veggie part of the quick veggie pasta. I used grape tomatoes, roasted red peppers, cremini mushrooms, onion and garlic for loads of flavor!
I let those veggies get soft and fragrant in my pot. Then I added red wine, my store bought marinara and pesto sauce.
I let those veggies get soft and fragrant in my pot. Then I added red wine, my store bought marinara and pesto sauce. That was all there was to making the sauce for the quick veggie pasta! It cooked for 15 minutes.
While the sauce simmered, I cooked a pound of quinoa fusilli to keep this dish gluten free and lighter. It was done at the same time my sauce was done! I drained it and added it right to the pot of sauce.
While the sauce simmered, I cooked a pound of quinoa fusilli to keep this dish gluten free and lighter. It was done at the same time my sauce was done! I drained it and added it right to the pot of sauce.

I also added a couple of tablespoons of Greek yogurt. This was going to add some fantastic creaminess to the quick veggie pasta. I made sure everything was tossed together well, then I took the pasta off of the heat. I always like to finish pasta with a bit of fat to bring it together, so I drizzled extra olive oil on top and gave it one last stir. Oh my goodness, this quick veggie pasta could not have been easier or more delicious! The mushrooms made it feel meaty and the tomatoes gave it fantastic fresh bursts. I loved the tang and creamy texture the yogurt gave. This was just the ticket for a busy weeknight! xo

Quick Veggie Pasta
Quick Veggie Pasta

 

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Quick Veggie Pasta
Quick Veggie Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 dash basil infused olive oil plus additional for drizzling at the end
  • 12 whole grape tomatoes halved
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers drained
  • 1 whole onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 pinch truffle salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons jarred basil pesto
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1 pound quinoa fusilli
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • fresh parsley roughly chopped for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the grape tomatoes, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, onion and garlic. Let them get soft and fragrant for a couple of minutes. While that happens, season them with the salt and black pepper. Then pour in the wine and let it reduce for another couple of minutes. Add the pesto and marinara and stir the sauce well. Let it come to a gentle boil and allow it to cook for 15 minutes.
  2. While the sauce cooks, get a large pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Salt it liberally so that the pasta absorbs the flavor. Cook the quinoa fusilli for 8-10 minutes, just until tender. The sauce should just about be ready by this time. Drain the pasta through a colander and transfer it right to the pot of sauce. Add in the Greek yogurt too and toss everything thoroughly together. Take the pot off of the heat.
  3. Drizzle a little more olive oil on top and give the pasta one last stir. Scoop generous portions of the pasta into bowls and top with the chopped parsley for some added freshness. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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