Vegan Pasta Primavera with Roasted Veggies

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Vegan parmesan cheese sprinkled over a bowl of pasta primavera

What’s that? You’re craving pasta but also want some veggies and protein? Well, you’ve made it to the right recipe. This easy Vegan Pasta Primavera has all the comforting goodness you love about pasta, plus plenty of versatile veggies and protein-packed chickpeas! 

It’s simple, savory, optionally gluten-free, and a delicious way to use up any veggies you have lingering around (who, us?). With just 10 ingredients required, we can’t wait for you to give it a try. Let’s make pasta!

Salt, olive oil, black pepper, pasta, vegan parmesan cheese, lemon, garlic, chickpeas, and vegetables

What is Pasta Primavera?

Pasta primavera is a dish that consists of pasta and fresh vegetables. The stories of who invented it are varied, but all are centered around New York City. In 1977, it became famous when included as a recipe in The New York Times.

While pasta primavera commonly includes cheese or butter, the following is our plant-based take on the delicious concept!

How to Make Vegan Pasta Primavera

This recipe starts with chopping veggies into bite-sized pieces. We recommend red onion and cherry tomatoes as the essentials for natural sweetness, but the rest of the veggies are flexible. For a rainbow of colors and textures, we went with asparagus, zucchini, yellow bell pepper, and eggplant.

For nearly effortless protein, we include chickpeas on the same sheet pan as the veggies. Season it all simply with oil, salt, and pepper and pop that tray in the oven.

Sprinkling salt onto a baking sheet of chopped red onion, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini, eggplant, and bell pepper

After roasting, the cherry tomatoes shrivel slightly, concentrating their sweetness, the chickpeas become a little firm, and the remaining veggies are tender and golden brown.

Baking sheet with roasted eggplant, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, asparagus, chickpeas, and bell peppers

Cook up your choice of pasta, reserving some pasta water to contribute a subtle creaminess to the dish. Next, we sauté lemon zest and garlic until fragrant, then add in vegan parmesan cheese, the reserved pasta water, and the cooked pasta.

Sprinkling vegan parmesan cheese into a pot of pasta

Lastly, we incorporate the roasted veggies and garnish with more vegan parmesan, fresh basil, and red pepper flakes to complete this colorful, comforting dish.

Wooden spoon in a pot of pasta topped with roasted vegetables

We hope you LOVE this vegan pasta primavera! It’s:

Savory
Bright
Zesty
Versatile
Satisfying
& SO easy!

This meal is plenty filling on its own but would also pair beautifully with our Lemony Arugula Salad with Crispy Shallot, BEST Vegan Garlic Bread, or Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad.

More Plant-Based Pasta Recipes

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Hand holding a bowl of vegan pasta primavera with roasted veggies

Vegan Pasta Primavera with Roasted Veggies

A simple, savory Vegan Pasta Primavera full of versatile veggies and protein-rich chickpeas! Gluten-free optional and just 10 ingredients required!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Hand holding a bowl of vegan pasta primavera
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 (~2 cup servings)
Course Entree
Cuisine Gluten-Free (optional), Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red onion, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (or other small tomatoes)
  • 6 cups fresh veggies of choice, cut into bite-sized pieces (such as asparagus, eggplant, bell pepper, zucchini, broccoli, carrots, or snap peas)
  • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained (or ~1 ½ cups homemade)
  • 3 Tbsp avocado or olive oil (DIVIDED)
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper (DIVIDED)
  • 12 oz. dry pasta of choice (gluten-free as needed // we like Jovial Farfalle or Penne)
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup Vegan Parmesan Cheese (or store-bought)

FOR SERVING optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 F (218 C) and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the onion, tomatoes, fresh veggies (cut into bite-sized pieces), and chickpeas between the baking sheets. Add 1 Tbsp oil, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper to each baking sheet. Mix well to evenly coat the vegetables. Roast in the oven for 18-23 minutes, or until everything is slightly browned and the tomato peels are just breaking.
  • While the veggies roast, bring 3 quarts (2.8 liters) of salted water to a boil in a large pot and cook pasta according to the package instructions. Reserve ~1 cup (240 ml) of pasta water before draining the pasta.
  • Use your now-empty pot to finish the pasta. Add the remaining 1 Tbsp oil along with the garlic and lemon zest. Sauté on low until lightly sizzling and fragrant. Turn off the heat and add the drained pasta back into the pot along with the vegan parmesan cheese and ~1/2 cup (120 ml) of the pasta water. Mix well until the pasta is glossy and well coated, adding more pasta water as needed until you reach your desired saucy consistency.
  • Add the roasted veggies to the pasta and stir. Taste and adjust as needed, adding more vegan parmesan for cheesiness/saltiness, more pasta water for sauciness, or more pepper for kick! Serve immediately as is, or garnish with fresh basil, vegan parmesan cheese, and/or red pepper flakes (all optional).
  • Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until hot, adding a splash of water if it appears dry. Not freezer friendly.

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Notes

*Loosely adapted from Giada De Laurentiis on Food Network.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with 2 cups each eggplant, asparagus, and bell pepper and without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 two-cup serving Calories: 598 Carbohydrates: 97.8 g Protein: 17.2 g Fat: 18.1 g Saturated Fat: 1.9 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.6 g Monounsaturated Fat: 8.9 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 534 mg Potassium: 1003 mg Fiber: 13 g Sugar: 12 g Vitamin A: 3489 IU Vitamin C: 114 mg Calcium: 92 mg Iron: 4.2 mg

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  1. Hails! says

    Yummy! My partner and I double-teamed this recipe on a Monday night when we both didn’t feel like cooking at all. This recipe is perfect for one of those nights! We used the veggies we had on hand, which were yellow squash, green beans, red onion, chick peas, and large lima beans. Before roasting them, we seasoned them with za’tar, garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper. We didn’t have any parm on hand so we used a combo of feta and nutritional yeast. This is such a great versatile pasta, we’ll definitely be eating it again and again.

  2. Raquel says

    Dana – this was so great! I was really craving a veggie heavy meal after vacation and this fit the bill. I used two zucchini, a large crown of broccoli, two handfuls of sliced baby carrots and a red bell pepper in addition to the onion, tomatoes and fresh basil. It was very flavorful and the lemon zest totally made the dish. I am a veg head but my carnivore husband had steak with it and it went perfectly. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Bre says

    I made this for dinner tonight, and it exceeded my expectations! This is the best pasta primavera I’ve ever had, and I can’t wait to make it again. Even better was how simple and quick it was to make. Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Bre. Thank you for the lovely review! xo

  4. Wendy says

    We thought this recipe was delicious! The roasted cherry tomatoes Yum! I made the vegan Parmesan too. The gluten free pasta I cooked seems to expand a lot so next time I will cook less ounces of pasta so it will be more in proportion to the veggies. Very easy to put together and we loved the lemony zing from the zest.😀

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe, Wendy. Thank you for the lovely review!

      • Sara says

        Great recipe! I love how easy and versatile this is. My vegetables were: zucchini, red bell pepper, asparagus, broccoli, and a cup of frozen mixed vegetables, as well as the onion and cherry tomatoes. I added lemon pepper before roasting because I thought that would complement the lemon zest in the sauce. I also added maybe 1/4 cup of leftover crushed tomatoes to the sauce, and it worked very well. I used tri-color rotini for the pasta. Simple, vegan, and delicious! Thank you!

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Amazing! Love your creativity with the recipe, Sara! Thank you so much for sharing! xo