This easy Balsamic Veggie Pasta recipe is overflowing with fresh veggies, and sautéed in a delicious balsamic sauce.
One of my favorite things about coming home after a long vacation is always that first big trip back to the grocery store.
Oh my goodness, it always feels so good.
I mean — don’t get me wrong — I soak up every single fabulous meal on a vacation that I don’t have to cook, and totally geek out over researching and trying out new restaurants and foods when traveling. But man, it always feels so good to come home to a blank slate of an empty refrigerator, and then head out to the store in search of all of the familiar foods I’ve missed and have been craving. Interestingly, for me, that almost always ends up being an entire shopping basket full of fresh veggies. Like, a ridiculous amountof fresh veggies. Like, had-to-switch-from-a-basket-to-a-cart-because-my-mountain-of-veggies-was-freaking-out-of-control at Trader Joe’s this week.
Ha, does anyone else do the same??
Maybe it’s just that the rainbow of beautiful produce seems like the loveliest way to fill an empty fridge. Or maybe it’s that I don’t eat enough veggies and salads on vacation. Or maybe it’s just wanting to get life back home started off on the right foot. Whatever the reason, I’ve been craving veggies galore every day since I’ve been back, and getting back in the kitchen and cooking them up with my favorite recipes has felt so good.
One of my favorite meals of the week? This quick, easy, and oh-so-comforting Balsamic Veggie Pasta.
To be honest, one of the randomest cravings I had upon arriving home was driving by Noodles & Company, and suddenly all I wanted was their “Pasta Fresca” recipe that I used to eat for lunch once a week in my old job a decade ago. Have any of you tried this pasta of theirs? It’s incredibly simple — just pasta, a few veggies and Parmesan, all tossed in a simple balsamic vinaigrette. But the key is that they actually sauté the cooked pasta for a little bit in the sauce for a bit. So the pasta is ever-so-slightly toasted and golden, which I happened to love.
So, I decided to dig into my collection of veggies and make a batch of balsamic pasta for dinner. I sautéed some red onions, asparagus, broccoli, red peppers, and lots and lots of garlic… (You could really use just about any sautéed veggies and greens here!)
And while the veggies were cooking, I cooked up some penne pasta. Then once it was ready to go, I popped it back on the stove and tossed it with balsamic and olive oil…
…added in my rainbow of veggies, and then sautéed everything for a few extra minutes to toast up the pasta just a wee bit.
The result? This amazing meal.
I like mine served up plain with a ton of freshly-cracked black pepper and Parmesan. But feel free to also add in some fresh basil or any other kinds of cheese if you’d like.
Seriously, so easy, so flavorful, and all of those veggies so hit the spot. It’s good to be home.
Meanwhile, as the pasta water is heating and the pasta is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the red onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes. Add the asparagus, broccoli, and red bell pepper, and season the mixture with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Continue sautéing for 4-5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. (Adding in another tablespoon of oil if needed.) Stir in the garlic and continue sautéing for 1-2 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant. Remove from heat.
Once the veggies and pasta have all finished cooking, return the stockpot to the stove over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, cooked pasta, veggie mixture, balsamic vinegar, lots of freshly-cracked black pepper, and toss to combine. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally, so that the pasta is very lightly toasted. Taste, and add extra balsamic vinegar and black pepper if needed.
Remove from heat and sere warm, garnished with lots of Parmesan cheese.
*Feel free to also add a splash of dry white wine to the pasta along with the balsamic, if you’d like. Delicious!
The pasta is so colourful… now I’m hungry, but I just ate dinner (a rather unhealthy one though, haha).
Thanks, we hope you can give it a try! :)
This is my ideal dinner. I love anything that has a rainbow of veggies and a good amount of broccoli. <3
Thanks, Libby — we hope you can try this soon! :)
This looks incredible! I’ll probably add mushrooms instead of the asparagus though.
I totally stock up up on produce after vacations too! Gotta detox after vacation splurges. ;) This pasta looks delicious, Ali!
Thanks, Christine — we hope you enjoy it!
I love your pasta to veggie ratio. And the colors… oh my!
Thanks, Esther — we hope you can give it a try sometime soon! :)
Love how colorful this pasta dish is!! :)
That looks so good. I think I will give it a try!!!
thanks for sharing!
Oh, YUM! Making this for dinner tomorrow!
I think I’ve had that same dish at Noodles & Company! I love the simplicity of this meal, but it is so colorful and bursting with flavor! Thanks for sharing this recipe!
Thanks, Melissa — we hope you can give it a try soon! :)
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Looks great! Can’t wait to try it!
Thanks, Diane — we hope you enjoy!
This looks amazing! Totally what I need right now after spending 3 hours in the kitchen making a geological cake! How well do you think this would freeze? :)
Yay! We hope you enjoy it! :) We don’t think this would freeze very well, unfortunately.
This does sound wonderful – it has a lot of my favorite flavors.
The dish is so bright and colorful! I never tried pasta with Balsamic. Sounds fascinating!
Thank you, Carlos — we hope you can give it a try sometime soon!
This looks delicious! The pictures are so beautiful too!
Thank you, Stefanie — we hope you can give it a try soon!
Yum! Sounds delicious!
this is the perfect weeknight meal – love it!
Thanks, Mary — we hope you enjoy!
I cant wait to try this recipe!
Thanks, Kazua — we hope you enjoy!
If you could sub one veggie for asparagus, which one would you recommend? I just dont enjoy it.
We would use green beans. We hope you enjoy! :)
I tried this recipe yesterday and it was good. Healthy and delicious!
We’re so happy you liked it, Karen!
This looks amazing! It’s so colorful and has something for everyone. I can’t wait to try this.
Thank you, Bobbi — we hope you enjoy it!
Just made this tonight for company – so colorful! I found that the dish was a little drier than I prefer my pasta dishes, so next time I’ll probably add a 1/2 or 1 cup of broth to give it a little more juice. Very tasty!
Thanks for giving this a try, Mike — we’re glad you enjoyed it!
This was majorly yummy! my family being the unrepentant carnivores that they are, i added some salami and some of those little marinated mozzarella balls which added wonderful creamy bits. i quartered the mozzarella balls (they started out about 3/4″ in diameter). We decided to nix the parmesan since everything was so flavorful. This will definitely go into my regular rotation. Hubby wants me to try it with proscuitto in place of the salami next time. So many wonderful options, all with the base of the balsamic sauce.
Thanks for sharing with us, Kathleen — we’re so glad you guys enjoyed it and we bet it would be delicious with prosciutto — good call! :)
Made this last night and it was delicious! I added cherry tomatoes near the end, as I love tomatoes with any kind of sautéed veggies, and it was so good. I agree with adding a little broth or pasta water to give it a little more sauce.
Awesome, sounds delicious! :)
I made this for the 1st time a few weeks ago and it’s incredibly delicious, such a keeper! I’m making it again for dinner tonight, can’t wait to pick up my veggies on my way home, really looking froward to dinner today :)
Thanks for sharing with us, Kasia — we’re so glad you enjoyed it!
Pasta fresca is BACK at Noodles! It’s my absolute favorite! I just made this and it’s definitely similar. Nice job!
Thanks, Amanda — we’re happy you enjoyed it!
love this dish — it is a quick, easy & very flavorful family favorite. i have made it multiple times and it never disappoints. Last night i didn’t feel like going to the store so i made it with veggies i had on hand – instead of asparagus & broccoli i threw in green beans and sugar snap peas. the possibilities are endless – mushrooms? mini tomatoes? artichoke hearts? for the carnivores a little shredded rotisserie chicken or proscuitto ham (or even some bacon!!!) would be great. thanks Ali!!!
This was so tasty! Added mushrooms.
This recipe was so good! My husband actually ate it like it and said he would eat again! I had to add more veggies so it could be filling for him. Added. Mushrooms, carrots, two different peppers, yellow and green squash, grape tomatoes.
Going to try tonight and invite neighbor over. Will add portabella mushrooms also. Bought more than I needed for last night’s homemade pizza.
Will rate it later but with Balsamic vinegar it has to be good!
I made this and followed the recipe exactly! It was so delicious and so colorful and pretty! I loved all the veggies!
Simply delicious, I did it for my family and they loved it …
I’ve made this a few times and this is delicious! I’ve served it warm and cold, either way it is fantastic. The recipe is great as-is but you can add a ton of different things to it depending on what you need to use up in the fridge, and what veggies are in season. My favorite additions: spicy Italian sausage and mushrooms. Asparagus isn’t my husband’s favorite, but one of the comments recommended substituting with green beans which definitely hit the spot. Thanks for another great recipe!
This was delicious! I left out the broccoli, because it’s the devil’s vegetable, and sprinkled goat cheese on top. I’ve already made it again!
I just made this very colorful pasta and it was wonderful! I was unsure about the balsamic vinegar I thought it would be to strong of a taste but I was wrong! After I took a few bites I was hooked. The parm cheese is a must. I didn’t miss the meat at all. I will absolutely be making this again. Love your site! Have bookmarked quite a few recipes. Thanks again!!
Made it for dinner and it came out great! Definitely will be making again.
LOVE this recipe! So easy to make and so healthy and delicious. I make it once a week.
It was delicious! Thank you! Any idea what the nutrition facts are? I tried to get my sister to try some and she said no thanks, not enough protein and too many carbs. I just wondered how much.
So delicious and so easy and quick. Great recipe
Wow this was delicious! One of the best recipes I have ever made! I used a really good quality balsamic. Will add creminis next time.
Thanks for this
So delicious! I added some shredded rotisserie chicken to make it a bit more hearty and it was so good! Thanks for the great recipe ?
Also I used chickpea pasta and it worked out great
This pasta was SO delicious! So quick and easy to make, yet it was so friggin good! This will definitely be a weekly staple!!
Delicious! I added a little bit of lemon juice and it was just beautiful!