Vegetable Pasta

Vegetable Pasta

If you love pasta, make it count. Other vegetables I’ve used in this dish are broccolini, broccoli rabe, and Swiss chard. This dish is loaded with antioxidants. Broccoli is one of the best defenders against cancer. *Remember to save some pasta water before draining it. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 9 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Makes: 2 to 3 servings

Vegetable Pasta


  • 5 oz. pasta

  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped asparagus
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli

  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta water
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Cook pasta per package directions.
  2. While pasta cooks, sauté garlic in oil in a large pan on medium-high for one minute until golden.
  3. Add asparagus & broccoli, cook & stir uncovered 3-4 minutes, adding pasta water 2 tablespoons at a time as needed. Cover & set aside.
  4. Before draining pasta, reserve 1 1/2 cups of cooking water.
  5. Whisk flour into reserved water until smooth.
  6. To the pan, add drained pasta, spinach, water/flour mixture, parmesan & salt. Cook 2-3 minutes until thickened.

11 Comments on "Vegetable Pasta"

  1. LyndaMarie

    Just made the vegi pasta. Amazing Jenny! Thanks so much. So easy and fragrant! I ended up measuring about a cup of dried pasta. Even used it all. So good. Will be making this often! This is one healthy tasty dish. 💕💕

    • Jenny

      Five ounces is actually about 2 1/2 cups of farfalle. Mine is a 1-pound box of farfalle (De Cecco brand) and it says on the box that it contains eight 1-cup servings. That means that 1 pound, which is 16 ounces = 8 cups. I did the math and 2 ounces = 1 cup. So 5 ounces would be 2 1/2 cups. I’m glad it turned out for you anyway – less pasta means more veggies!

  2. LyndaMarie

    Hi Jenny,
    I’m a little stuck … Making the vegetable pasta. How much is 5 oz of the farfalle pasta? (I don’t know how to measure this!). I know it’s a bit over half a cup of dried pasta, so … would it be accurate enough to use that much?
    I feel a little stupid, don’t usually struggle with measurements. Thank you again for your presence on the web!

  3. Nancy

    Hi Jenny,
    First I must say I’m enjoying your recipes. I love to cook and bake.
    What vegetable would be a good to replace the broccoli? My husband will not eat broccoli. Oh, by the way your cinnamon rolls are yummy !
    Thank You.

    • Jenny

      To replace the broccoli (assuming broccoli rabe and broccolini are out) you could try green beans, Swiss chard, thinly slice Brussels sprouts, or dino kale. And I’m glad you like my cinnamon rolls. My cinnamon-raisin bread is coming soon!

      • Nancy

        Thank you. I look forward to your cinnamon raisin bread.

  4. Stanley

    I just made your pasta dish and even my grandson had 2nds.

  5. Kerren Rhea

    So good!!!!!

  6. Gary J Collins

    I love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Rhonda

    I just made your vegetable pasta today, Jenny and Omg! It was delicious 😉 🙂

  8. Tracie F.

    Omg it was great. I also added some red crushed peppers to.

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