Pasta Pomodoro Recipe

Happy Mushroom Monday!

The new year has started and I know a lot of you have a goal of getting healthier this year--that's awesome! If you are wondering where to start and what to cook that's easy and quick, this dish is for you! I think this is probably one of the easiest recipes I have shared. My take on the traditional "Pasta Pomodoro" uses simple and fresh ingredients which make it a light and healthy dinner--perfect for your healthy living goals!

Why is this a healthy pasta dish?

  • Whole wheat pasta gives a ton of fiber which is great for our digestion.
  • The mushrooms add protein and keep you feeling satisfied.
  • The red peppers carry a healthy amount of vitamin C.
  • Garlic and basil are excellent antioxidants.
  • The oil gives our metabolisms a boost.

My secret to making this dish so quick? Using pre-made roasted red peppers. I have made my own roasted peppers before and they really aren’t hard to make but you can’t get any easier than opening a can of the pre-made variety! This is especially helpful when you’re making this pasta dish on a busy weeknight. I chose an organic variety that has only peppers, water, and sea salt and none of the un-healthy fillers or preservatives a lot of brands use. Feel free to make your own or choose a variety easily available at your local grocers.

The mix of flavors of the basil, roasted pepper, browned mushrooms, and basil make this a simple yet delicious dish. The whole family raved about this one! My tiniest taste testers approved and requested this one to be on the menu weekly! ;)

Let's get started!

Vegan Pasta Pomodoro Recipe
Vegan Pasta Pomodoro Recipe
Vegan Pasta Pomodoro Recipe

The verdict is in...the boys loved it!

Vegan Pasta Pomodoro Recipe

Pasta Pomodoro Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces 100% whole wheat pasta (or gluten free alternative)
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms (cleaned and sliced)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (reserve ½ Tablespoon for cooking mushrooms)
  • 1 cup chopped roasted red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt 
  • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh basil (chopped or thinly sliced)

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat the ½ Tablespoon of oil in a large skillet. Add mushrooms and cook over medium high heat for 10-12 minutes or until mushrooms brown.
  3. Drain cooked pasta and bring back to large pot. To the pasta, add in browned mushrooms, chopped peppers, garlic, sea salt, remaining oil, and fresh basil.
  4. Toss to incorporate. Can be served warm or cold.
Vegan Pasta Pomodoro Recipe

This recipe comes together in no time, I hope you and your family enjoy it! Give it a try this week and let me know what you think by commenting below <3

With Health and Happiness,

Nickole