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Vegetable Pasta w/ Tomatoes 

Satisfying and robust in flavor, this vegetable-filled, all-in-one dinner needs only crusty bread and a beverage to complete the menu.

This is one of our own Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® recipes. It meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s strict nutrition guidelines as a healthy recipe.

Category: Main Dishes

Think Variety; Think Color: Red White Green

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Cups of Fruits and Vegetables per Serving: 2


  • medium zucchini, washed and ends removed
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. dried leaf basil, crushed
  • ½ tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 cups prepared no-fat pasta sauce
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 8 oz. dried pasta, shape of choice
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley or basil
  • grated Parmesan cheese, optional*

Cut zucchini in quarters lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Place zucchini, onion, garlic, and olive oil with seasonings in large, deep skillet and sautee; over MEDIUM heat until soft. Stir often. Add prepared sauce, mix well, and let simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped tomato and allow to heat thoroughly.

In a separate pot, cook pasta as directed on package. Drain well and place in large serving bowl. Add sauce and mix gently. Top with the reserved 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes and chopped herbs. Serve hot.

*Optional ingredients are not included in dietary analysis

Each serving provides: An excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and fiber, and a good source of calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Credit: Recipe was developed for Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) by Chef Carmen I. Jones, CCP. This recipe meets PBH and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) nutrition standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as healthy foods.

Nutritional Information per Serving
Calories: 340 Carbohydrates: 60g
Total Fat: 6.3g Cholesterol: 0mg
Saturated Fat: 0.7g Dietary Fiber: 7g
% of Calories from Fat: 17% Sodium: 371mg
Protein: 12g  



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