Garden Vegetable Pasta Sauce made with all the vegetables that come from a summer garden, with or without meat, making the perfect easy pasta dinner.

Happy Tuesday! If you are like me you spent yesterday doing all kinds of fun family things and now your house is trashed… summer is a catch-22 aren’t they? Have an awesome day of fun and relaxing but then you have to make up for it the following day times ten. This is such a great pasta dish that comes together in a snap, so plan on it for tonight so that you don’t have to think about dinner or take too long getting it ready. Garden vegetable pasta is just what you need.

This pasta is all things good in your garden made into a simple sauce that is chock full of goodness and flavor. I chose to use canned or home bottled tomatoes in the recipe because working with fresh garden tomatoes in a sauce adds a lot of extra steps. Everything else can come from the garden or farmer’s market and you can make it with or without meat (see the notes of the recipe for details). It’s such a forgiving recipe and one that I make often in the summer when my garden is full of yummy things to eat.

So gather up some veggies, boil up some pasta, and add a heavy hand of fresh cheese – you won’t regret it.

Dinner is done.

garden veggie pasta

Tips and Tricks for Making Garden Vegetable Pasta

  • To make this without the meat, simply omit the meat and sub in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to saute the onion and bell pepper in. We really like it both ways. Hot Italian sausage is excellent in it.
  • The zucchini and yellow squash cook down a lot. If you need to hide them from your family, peel them (to remove the color), and grate them with a cheese grater. They’ll be nearly indistinguishable! It’s my favorite trick for hiding these veggies in pasta sauce.
  • This is great served over any pasta you like which means you can go for traditional, whole grain, gluten-free, or even zucchini noodles to meet your needs.
  • This pasta is great served with a loaf of Rustic Italian Bread (takes a little time, so plan ahead), Super Simple No-Knead Bread (also a plan-ahead bread), or even Easy Breadsticks. Add a side salad and some seasonal fruit and you’ll have yourself one fresh and seasonal meal.

Garden Vegetable Pasta Sauce made with all the vegetables that come from a summer garden, with or without meat, making the perfect easy pasta dinner.

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Garden Vegetable Pasta


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8

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Garden Vegetable Pasta Sauce made with all the vegetables that come from a summer garden, with or without meat, making the perfect easy pasta dinner.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground meat such a sausage or hamburger (optional)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped or grated
  • 1 small yellow summer squash, chopped or grated
  • 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes or 1 quart home-canned tomatoes
  • 2 14-ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • more salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound fresh cooked pasta
  • freshly grated Parmesan for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, brown the meat until cooked through and no longer pink. Drain extra grease from the pan.
  2. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the zucchini and yellow squash and cook until the squash starts to release it’s liquid and then cook for another 5-10 minutes until part of that liquid has cooked off.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil and salt. Stir to combine well and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 15 minutes.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste and then serve over hot cooked pasta with grated Parmesan.

Notes

  • To make this without the meat, simply omit the meat and sub in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to saute the onion and bell pepper in. We really like it both ways. Hot Italian sausage is excellent in it.

garden vegetable pasta sauce

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Now that dinner is planned you’ll have some time to get something done today! What’s on your list?

Thanks so much for stopping in and reading, I so appreciate it.

This post was originally published in September 2013 and has been updated in July 2018.

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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