Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and White Bean Pesto

by on August 5, 2006
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I was out of town for a few days this week, visiting my family in steamy southeastern Louisiana, and when I got home, I had a bunch of vegetables I’d bought before I left that were in danger of going bad if not cooked quickly. (My husband, apparently, did not cook one vegetable while I was gone!) I decided that the fastest way to use them all would be to roast them together. I like roasted vegetables, and they’re usually a regular part of our diet, but we rarely have them in the summer, when I hate to turn on the oven unless I absolutely have to. I decided to make an exception for this produce emergency.

My standard roasting vegetables are eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, squash, and potatoes, but I left the potatoes out this time because I’d be serving it over pasta. Since I was adding fresh fennel, I didn’t use rosemary or any of the other herbs I’d normally include because I didn’t want too many competing flavors. The roasted vegetables themselves turned out to be very mildly flavored, the fennel mellowed to just a touch of anise-like flavor. The real punch in this dish comes from the pesto; be warned, if you use two cloves of garlic, you’ll be tasting garlic for a while afterward.

Thanks to a reader’s suggestion, I made this with Tinkyada Brown Rice Spirals, a whole-grain, gluten-free alternative to whole wheat pasta. It was terrific! My husband said that if he hadn’t seen the package, he wouldn’t have known that it wasn’t regular pasta. I heartily recommend it.

Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and White Bean Pesto

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1 Suzanne Freeman July 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Wonderful recipe– also works well if you choose to grill the vegetables rather than roast them. Either way, a winner.

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2 Anne E. McGuigan August 5, 2014 at 4:15 am

Hi Susan,

I have two basil plants in my garden that need using. I will try this pesto over the oven baked potatoes I am planning to make for supper tonite. Many thanks. http://vegangrammie.com
Anne

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