Pasta with Roasted Veggies and Fresh Basil

Nothing better or more cozy a big bowl of pasta

High protein, high fiber & high flavor!

There’s nothing more cozy that a simple bowl of pasta with Roasted Veggies.

Roasted eggplant, roasted chickpeas, sautéed tomatoes and spinach all mixed with a fresh tomato sauce and Banza rotini, then topped with fresh basil.

It seems like a lot but it actually comes together quite quickly.  I roasted the eggplant and chickpeas ahead of time.  Then when ready to eat, I sautéed the tomatoes and spinach while the pasta cooked. I added in some homemade tomato sauce (we had some Simple Tomato Sauce in the fridge but easy to make or use a store-bought one), added the pasta, eggplant, chickpeas and cooked an additional minute or two, then served and topped with basil.

If you eat dairy, this dish goes well with ricotta salata or a spoonful of ricotta the way my son likes it.

As an aside, we are loving Banza chickpeas pastas because in addition to being gluten-free and non-GMO, they are high-protein (25g) high-fiber (13g) and taste amazing.

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Pasta with Roasted Veggies and Fresh Basil

Recipe

Pasta with Roasted Veggie And Fresh Basil
 
Roasted eggplant, roasted chickpeas, sautéed tomatoes and spinach mixed with fresh tomato sauce (use homemade or store-bought) and gluten-free pasta, and topped with fresh basil. High protein, high fiber and high flavor.
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Recipe type: Dinner, Pasta, Veggies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Ingredients
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large eggplant or 4 small Japanese eggplant (I sometimes find the smaller less seedy)
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 5 oz container chopped spinach
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Olive oil - approximately 5 tbsp divided.
  • Simple Tomato Sauce or store bought tomato sauce to taste (I probably added a cup or two)
  • 1 box pasta (we used Banza Chickpea Rotini)
  • Fresh basil for serving
NOTE: the eggplant and chickpeas can be prepped ahead of time.
Instructions
  1. Drizzle Chickpeas with olive oil, salt & pepper.
  2. Place on a cooking sheet & roast at for 400° for approx 15 minutes or until just crunchy. Place aside.
  3. Meanwhile, cut Eggplant into ½ inch cubes and place in a strainer. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for at least 20 minutes. (This removes some water and takes away any bitterness).
  4. Toss eggplant in olive oil, salt & pepper to taste and bake at 400° for approx 45 minutes. Place aside.
  5. When ready to eat, prep pasta according to package till al dente.
  6. While pasta cooks, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large sauce pan.
  7. Add garlic and cook about 1-2 minutes or until just fragrant.
  8. Add in tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes or until starting to soften and wilt.
  9. Add in Spinach and cook approximately 5 minutes or until starting to wilt.
  10. Add pasta, roasted eggplant, chickpeas, and tomato sauce. Stir and combine gently, heat for another minute or until eggplant warm.
  11. Serve and top with fresh basil.

2 thoughts on “Pasta with Roasted Veggies and Fresh Basil

  1. Hi, this looks so good and I can’t wait to try it!! I was just curious how much pasta you used since I’m using from a bulk bag. Also, about how many servings would you say this recipe makes? Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much Allyson! And great questions! The sauce should be enough for 4 people. You can always add more tomato sauce to make it go farther. Regarding the pasts, one box of Banza is 8oz. One box of Barilla is 12oz. In my house, making a box usually feeds 3 of us (I’m feeding big pasta eaters), so I usually add a bit more if feeding 4. Let me know if you make it and how you like it!

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