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Clean Eating: Super Veggie Penne Pasta

photoToday, I am sharing one of my dinner staples. My family participates in meatless Monday dinners, and this recipe is served once or twice a month on a Monday in my house. This recipe also makes a really great side dish. This pasta recipe is super clean, although from time to time, I dirty it up a little bit by topping it with a little Parmesan cheese. This dish is also packed full of veggies, most of them green. I’ve had several people ask me for this recipe, it is such a crowd- pleaser. Even my picky two year old loves this, and she is usually skeptical of all things green.

Ingredients
(Serves 6)

  • 3 cups fresh tomato (diced, or if they are a small variety, like grape, whole)
  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup asparagus, sliced into one inch pieces
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 1/8 in rounds
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 13 ounce package of 100% whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth or stock
  • 4 cups of greens (kale, spinach, arugula are all great- I used a blend of spinach and kale)
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped
  • 6 eggs, poached or pan fried (optional)
  • salt to taste +1 tbsp
  • pepper to taste

Additional topping suggestion: Toasted Pine Nuts, Parmesan Cheese, (although to keep it truly clean I often omit cheese).

Bring 4 quarts of water to boil. Add 1 tbsp salt to boiling water- Do not add noodles until your sauce has been cooking for about 7 minutes. In a large saute pan, add 3 tbsp olive oil, tomato, broccoli, asparagus, zuchinni, onion and garlic. Saute over medium heat for 15 minutes. While your sauce is cooking, add your penne noodles to the boiling water. Cook for about 8 minutes, your noodle should be slightly firm still. Next, use a hand held mesh strainer to remove your noodles and place them directly in to the sauce. If you don’t have one, strain your noodles, but quickly add them to the sauce. NEVER RINSE YOUR NOODLES, this removes the starch that binds the sauce to your noodles.  Next add 1/4 cup vegetable stock, then your greens, oregano, parsley, and basil. Stir together until greens are wilted- about 3 minutes. Your noodles will finish cooking in the sauce during this process. Top with a poached or pan fried egg (optional), but oh, so delicious.

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About Meagan Sabich

Meagan Sabich
Meagan Sabich grew up in Las Vegas, NV and moved to Reno in 2004 to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. Since then, she has called Reno her home. She's a former corporate girl who worked for Microsoft and Facebook, before turning in her work badge to be a stay at home mom and wife for her two girls, Sophie and Sadie, and husband Mike. Meagan is an avid cook and very passionate about food. When she gets free time she likes to blog about her cooking adventures on her blog at Waist Not, Want Not, or share recipes for Reno Moms Blog Feed the Fam Series. Meagan is very passionate about fitness and enjoys yoga, zumba and weight training.

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