Kitchenability Blog

06.29.2016

Quick and Easy Roasted Veggies & Pesto Pasta Dinner

Roasted Veggie Pesto Pasta Dinner

This is seriously the easiest pasta dinner ever!

So, being a mom now, I legit feel like I am racing against the clock and I cook when Eleanor sleeps. So, the other night, I made this easy pasta dinner and it was great! It’s a pesto pasta topped with roasted veggies (I used cremini mushrooms and asparagus).

Seriously, I didn’t even use homemade pesto…. Yes, I know what you are thinking, “What the hell, Nisa? Aren’t you a chef?” Well, give me a break, okay? We all have moments of not wanting to get really fancy in the kitchen. I did find a great jarred pesto that I like, especially for in-a-pinch dinners with a baby!

This meal took no time to put together, and was delicious and healthy. When you don’t have a massive basil bush, olive oil, overly expensive pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese at your fingertips, here is the next best thing.

Easy Roasted Veggies & Pesto Pasta Dinner
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ box spaghetti
  • ½ jar Classico jarred pesto
  • 1 pint cremini mushrooms
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1½ tsp Italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400℉.
  2. Cut mushrooms in fourths, and cut the asparagus into bite-sized pieces. Place the veggies in a Ziploc bag and add olive oil, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Seal the bag well and then shake till veggies are fully coated.
  3. Place coated veggies on a sheet tray lined with aluminum foil (this helps with clean up!) and place in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  4. Boil water. (Make sure you add about 2 Tbsp of salt to the water. This helps a lot! I love to cook the pasta in salty water. Make sure it’s almost ocean water-like.) Cook until al dente ("to the bite").
  5. Once done, drain and place pasta back in the pot.
  6. Add in the pesto from the jar (Give me a break -- I am a mom now! I actually always keep two jars on hand now for dinners like this.)
  7. Add in the roasted veggies, mix very well and serve immediately.
  8. Top with cheese if you want and pray your baby has slept through the whole meal! If so, give yourself a pat on the back.
  9. Enjoy!

 

Photo: Nisa Burns Cochran

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