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Basil Pesto Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Basil Pesto Pasta with Roasted Vegetables, a simple kid friendly healthy summer pasta that’s done in 30 minutes!

Basil Pesto Pasta with Roasted Vegetables, a simple kid friendly healthy summer pasta that’s done in 30 minutes!

Does anyone else have basil growing like an out of control monster in their garden?

I mean, I know we’ve been getting alot of rain lately here in Texas and that aids with growth, but man! It starting to look like a basil jungle out back! With the trips I’ve been taking lately I have to use up my basil any chance I get.

We’ve made bruschetta, frozen yogurt, cocktails, and pesto.

Ingredients for Basil Pesto Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and an image of the completed recipe

To me, homemade pesto is still one of the best ways to use up a truck load of fresh basil. Plus, you can’t beat homemade!

So, with all the basil I have in the back, I decided it was time to make some pesto. One of my favorite ways to use Pesto is in a pasta!

But instead of just a basic pesto pasta I added in a few fresh vegetables, roasted them so they got nice and sweet, and tossed them in the pasta along with the pesto!

Basil Pesto Pasta with Roasted Vegetables in a bowl

Serious summer perfection right here! The best thing about this recipe is the veggies could easily be substituted to whatever suits your fancy. (aka.. if you don’t like one of the vegetables in here.. add something else!)

You will notice this recipe calls for mini bell peppers. Have you seen them in the grocery store? I have been kinda obsessed with them lately. They are so cute, (anything mini is :)) great to have on hand as a snack, and cook like rockstars on the grill or in the oven. And I love that they come in multiple colors! Things look way better and  much more appealing when the colors are popping off the plate, am I right?

Anyways, they are right over by the regular bell peppers ad come in a little bag with about 15-20 mini peppers. Get em’! You will love them!

Ok, back to this recipe. Its a great simple weeknight meal that you’re family will love. The flavor from the fresh basil and lemon lights up this dish and all the colorful roasted veggies leaves you feeling full and satisfied in the best way possible! Bon Appetite! 🙂

Basil Pesto Pasta with Roasted Vegetables in a bowl

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  • Baking Sheet – I used this to roast the veggies on!
  • Large Pot with Strainer – I love this pot because all I have to do is pull the strainer out of the pot to drain the pasta and I’m set!
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basil pesto pasta with roasted vegetables

Basil Pesto Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Pasta, Vegetarian, Kid Friendly, Side Dishes, Quick Easy Dinner Ideas


Basil Pesto Pasta with Roasted Vegetables, a quick easy diner idea that’s kid friendly, healthy, and done in 30 minutes!


  • 1 lb. of whole wheat penne pasta
  • Homemade Basil Pesto
  • 2 zucchini, sliced
  • 2 yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1520 mini bell peppers (assorted peppers), tops cut off
  • 2 tablespoons of olive
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Place zucchini, squash, red onion, and mini bell peppers on baking sheet. Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  4. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, according to package directions.
  5. Drain pasta when done and reserve 1/2 cup of cooking liquid.
  6. In a large bowl add cooked pasta, roasted vegetables, basil pesto, and 1/2 cup of reserved cooking liquid. Toss to coat.
  7. Serve. Top with additional parmesan cheese if desired.


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 391
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 536 mg
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Cholesterol: 4 mg

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31 comments on “Basil Pesto Pasta with Roasted Vegetables”

  1. I’ve made this numerous times and love it. The pesto is a nice flavorful touch (I use pesto in a jar) and add a little more than the recipe calls for. I also use chick pea pasta to add some protein, and usually use frozen pepper strips to save time for weeknight dinners too. I use good quality cheese which adds a nice touch.

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    Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    My basil always takes up the whole herb area! But I LOVE it. This pasta looks amazinggggg! I love roasted veggies! Perfect summer dish!

    1. exactly.. you need your own garden just for basil! Its ridiculously hearty! Glad you liked the dish girl!

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    Meg @ With Salt and Wit

    I am so jealous of your basil plethora! I will gladly take some! This roasted veg pasta has my name all over it, I love pasta loaded with veggies and pesto. Yum!

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    Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

    So this is totally happening for dinner this week, maybe even as early as tomorrow! I have a bag of those adorable little peppers in my fridge and I’ve been itching to use them. Plus, yellow squash is one of my favorite veggies and homemade pesto is the bomb! Perfect recipe here, Krista! 🙂

    1. Woot Woot! Sounds like this recipe is calling your name for sure if you already have all the ingredients! 🙂 Hope you like it Ashlyn!

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    Holley Grainger

    Yay! So glad to see this right now. I have vegetables ready to roast and was looking for a recipe. Definitely going to try!

  6. I love basil pesto in my pasta! I love basil pesto so much that sometimes I’ll spread it on my morning bagel instead of cream cheese.

    1. I like you even more after that comment! 🙂

      Have you tried it with an over easy egg? Do it, its amazing!

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    Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie

    This is such a beautiful and healthy recipe!! I want to try this soon, basil is my JAM!

    1. haha… basil is totally my jam too girl! You try this and I’ll try your dessert 7 layer dip! (swoon)

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    Justine | Cooking and Beer

    Only you could make a simple pasta with roasted vegetables look sooooo stunning! This looks amazing, Krista! PINNED!

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    Sara @ Bitz & Giggles

    I’m a pushover for pasta and roasted vegetables! Put the two together and you have a really happy girl! Can’t wait to try this – it looks delicious!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass

    Love these gorgeous roasted veggies Krista. Yes, I have that basil monster(s) in my garden….beautiful dish!

  11. What a great recipe! I love homemade pesto and am always looking for new ways to use it! The roasted veggies paired with it sounds fabulous!