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This One Pot Summer Vegetable Pasta is a quick and easy summer dinner recipe that uses fresh summer vegetables and is ready in less than 20 minutes.
This is the time of year when things start getting a little hectic around my house. We’ve got soccer practice a couple of nights a week, and games on the weekends and now my daughter has started taking gymnastics, which she is totally loving. On days when she has gymnastics and he has soccer our days are basically a blur of getting him off to school, taking her to gymnastics, getting home, feeding her lunch, picking him up from the bus stop, sitting down and doing homework, then getting him fed, dressed and ready before heading back out to soccer practice. Needless to say it doesn’t leave a lot of time for cooking.
I hate the idea of picking up dinner several nights a week so I spent a lot of time on Pinterest looking for quick and easy dinner recipes that my kids and I would eat. One pot meals with pasta were always calling to me but to be honest I just didn’t believe that I was going to be able to throw pasta and all my ingredients in a pot and everything would come out cooked perfectly. I always assumed the pasta wouldn’t get cooked before the rest of the ingredients were ready. Then I discovered Barilla Pronto Pasta. Guys, I’m not exaggerating, this stuff changed my life. It is One Pan. No Boil. No Drain. and it only takes 10 minutes to prepare. Awesome, right?
Since summer is coming and soon we’re all going to have more summer squash , zucchini, and tomatoes, than we know what to do with (I love summer vegetables from the garden!) I wanted to share this delicious One Pot Summer Vegetable Pasta that you can make this in less than 20 minutes. Start by heating a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat. Add a little olive oil and diced onions and cook the onions until the have softened. Then add the tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, basil, and the Barilla Pronto pasta. I used rotini but it comes in spaghetti, elbow, penne, and linguine also. Pour in 3 cups of cold water, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and turn the heat up to high. When 10 minutes is up your pasta and vegetables are going to be perfectly cooked.
Before you take it off of the heat stir in some Barilla Marinara sauce. I’m a fan of red sauces but this fresh vegetable pasta is also really good with Barilla Pesto sauce. Whether you use their pesto or marinara you can be sure you’ll have a great tasting, high quality, simple, wholesome sauce that pairs perfect with the pasta. You’ll want to add at least a cup of the sauce so it coats the pasta but you can add more if you like your pasta extra saucy. For me it always depends on my mood that day :).
And of course you can’t forget the cheese! I like to grate it over the pasta while everything is still hot so it melts into the noddles, sauce and vegetables. Yum! To save time on a busy weeknight I cut all of my vegetables on the weekend so when I need to make the recipe all I have to do is grab all of the ingredients, toss them into my skillet and in 20 minutes or less I have dinner made for everyone!
- 1 box Barilla Pronto Pasta
- 3 c Water, cold
- 1 c Onion, diced
- 1 Tbso Olive oil
- 2 Zucchini, sliced
- 2 Yellow Squash, sliced
- 1 pint Grape tomatoes
- 1 c Basil, fresh
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 c Barilla Marinara Sauce (you may add more sauce if you like)
- Add olive oil and onions to a 12 inch skillet and cook over medium high heat until softened.
- Add the box of pasta, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, and basil to the skillet.
- Pour 3 cups of cold water and salt into the pan ensuring that the water covers the pasta (it does not have to cover the vegetables).
- Turn the heat up to high and cook for 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until the water is absorbed.
- With about 1 minute left add the sauce then remove the skillet from heat and top with cheese. Serve immediately.
Make sure you pick up a box of Barilla Pronto Pasta and Barilla Marinara Sauce the next time you are grocery shopping. You can find it at Walmart in the Pasta aisle.
Category of Win: Best Food & Beverage Products
- Specific Winning Product: Barilla Pronto Pasta
- Specific Year of Win: 2016
- Based on the 2016 BrandSpark/Better Homes and Gardens American Shopper Study of 38,000 voters nationwide. For more information visit wwwBestNewProductAwards.com