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Quick and Easy Vegetable Pasta

Updated on June 2, 2013
Easy Vegetable Pasta
Easy Vegetable Pasta | Source
5 stars from 6 ratings of Quick and Easy Veggie Pasta

With so many varieties of pasta dishes to choose from it's hard to determine the right foods to add to your perfect pasta salad. Well, how about starting with a simple vegetable pasta recipe that only requires a limited amount of ingredients, and can be made in less than 30 minutes?

Indulge for lunch, add it as a hearty side with dinner, or prepare as a delicious main course. There's so much ease with this dish, that you'll be making this your go-to recipe whenever you need a quick and enjoyable meal.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 4-6 Servings
Rotini or Rigatoni Pasta is a Nice Shell
Rotini or Rigatoni Pasta is a Nice Shell | Source
Mix all Ingredients Together
Mix all Ingredients Together | Source

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb pasta shells (Rotini or Rigatoni or a combo)
  • 1 can black olives, drained
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 3/4 cup Italian squash, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • 1/4 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1 hard boiled egg, chopped
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • Mrs. Dash Herb and Garlic seasoning, to taste
  1. Boil pasta shells according to instructions on box and set aside.
  2. Chop vegetables and put in medium bowl.
  3. When pasta has cooled, mix with vegetables, egg, chopped onions and black olives.
  4. Pour in Balsamic and Ranch dressings, plus seasonings to taste, and mix thoroughly.
  5. Set pasta in refrigerator until ready to eat.

There is so much versatility to pasta dishes. You can add chicken, avocado, feta cheese, tomatoes, or whatever else piques your taste buds. The good thing about this simple meal is that there's little work involved in the preparation. And, better yet, you can make it for any occasion. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this as much as me. Bon Appétit!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      CharronsChatter, coming from a professional cook like yourself I take that as a wonderful compliment!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you for your kind words CyberShelley. I hope you get a chance to make it!

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Great recipe and just what I need for the summer! Thank you for posting.

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      Karen Robiscoe 3 years ago from California

      I bet the balsamic really adds some zest, and I am a firm believer in combining eggs with pasta. Factoring in the broccoli, this packs some energy-bolstering nutrients! Delicious!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Deborah, egg just steps it up a notch and adds some delicious protein to this dish. Enjoy!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Brett, this is a perfect dish for the hot weather. Thank you for sharing this!

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      This looks great. I've never had pasta salad with egg in it. I will give it a try.

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      Brett Caulton 3 years ago from Thailand

      Bookmarked. Living in a hot country, this kind of thing is perfect, but something I often forget about. Will give this a try ....

      Voted across and shared with my followers.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Geniusknight, thanks for stopping by. I agree, yum to Pasta!

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      Nell 3 years ago from Netherlands

      Pasta ! oh wow ! Nom Nom Nom ! :D

      Simply love em. :)

      Here a New year greeting for you http://geniusknight.weebly.com/happy-new-year-and-...

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Awww, thanks Susan! You've reminded me that I have no idea about our Christmas dinner plans. Maybe, I'll at least make this as a side. Thanks for your comments!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Had to come back for a second read, not sure if I'd commented when I last saw your recipe. I'll be making your vegetable pasta dish for an extra side dish over Christmas. Looks great!

      Merry Christmas!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Awww, thanks so much moonlike! And, I love the pins!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      This looks very good all my favorite foods in it. Voted up and pinned.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Vespawoolf, thanks for the compliment! The egg adds such a great taste to it.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      This recipe with photos makes my mouth water!! I like the idea of adding boiled egg to the pasta salad. I will definitely try your recipe next time. Thanks!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      JPSO138, thank you! I hope you enjoy it!

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      They are certainly easy to prepare and good for health too. I am glad a came across your hub. I will certainly give this a try.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Rebecca, yep it is so easy. Thank you for your kind comments!

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      Rebecca Furtado 3 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      Really great recipe .So easy even my boys can do it.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi CrisSp, I love the idea of carrots and celery! Thank you for your comments and the share!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Like you, I am a big fan of easy meal. Anything less complicated is much preferred. Let me try it with carrots and celery instead. :)

      Up and sharing.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      kikalina, thank you for stopping by. You can add your veggies of choice, for sure!

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      kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

      Not the sort of veggies I would put in with pasta but it still looks amazing. Great hub. voting up.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi janshares, this is such a perfect dish for the summer heat. The same holds true for this 90 degree, plus, weather we're having here in Southern Cali. You've reminded me that this is a dish I need to make during this heat. Thank you for your comments!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Brett, this is so easy and healthy. As always, thank you so much for your votes up and shares!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Careermommy. This is a perfect dish for the heatwave we are going to have this week in DC. I look forward to trying this because it's cool, healthy, and easy. Thanks to Brett for sharing! Voted up and useful.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Tasty, easy and healthy. I can see a few of my followers making this dish, as will I!

      Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and useful.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Seafarer Mama, thank you for your comments. This is a perfect meal for vegetarians. If you make it please let me know how it turns out!

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      Karen Szklany Gault 4 years ago from New England

      Enjoyed reading about this recipe. Since my daughter recently decided to commit to eating a strictly vegetarian diet, I will make this for her. She loves everything that's in it. :0)

      Voted up, up, up, and shared!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      CyberShelly, thank you for your comments! I have to agree. This is probably one of the easiest dishes to make!

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      I love pasta and I am always on the look out for vegetable pasta ideas. This is a great one, thank you for posting this recipe. Up, useful and interesting.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      midget38, thank you for your kind words, for sharing and for pinning!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      This looks healthy and delicious! Thanks for sharing! I am pinning and sharing this!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Theryanpride, thank you for your comments. I hope you do get to try this simple recipe.

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      Sonya 4 years ago from Indiana

      I love pasta this sounds good and seems easy thank you for shareing!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have just about all of the ingredients on hand right now and your recipe looks and sounds delicious. Giving it 5 stars and up and useful votes. Thanks!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Carl8033, it is all of the above. And, you can vary this recipe as you choose. Thanks for your comments!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Suzie, thanks for the votes up, share and pin! I always appreciate those. This is such an easy meal. I hope you do get a chance to try it.

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      Alexander Okelo 4 years ago

      Wow, that really looks delicious, nutritious and easy to make.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Careermommy,

      Love the look of this and ingredients! I am a big fan of assorted pasta dishes and love your alternative suggestions, feta, avocado . . .yum!!!

      Thanks for a lovely quick salad that sounds delicious and looks so appealing!!! Voted up, useful, interesting, shared and pinned to pasta!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Deborah, thank you for the vote up! I agree, this would be great for a nice summer lunch!

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Wonderful recipe! This would be perfect for a delicious summer lunch. Voted UP!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi DDE, it is so simple to make. I'm glad you landed here. Let me know if you try it!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome pasta is such a simple to make meal, and looks so delicious great combination.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      JSMatthew, thank you for the vote up and share! I always appreciate those. Thank you also for the follow!

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      JS Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is one of my favorite summertime/cookout foods! Home made is always best and I love that you added broccoli! Up and shared! Thank you.

      JSMatthew~

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Heidi, I think this is the perfect dish for non-cooks. It is so easy you won't even think you're cooking. LOL. Thanks for your comments.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Louise, thanks for the 5 star vote! I hope you do get to try this dish. Let me know if you!

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Love pasta and broccoli anything! Me, the worst cook in the world, might even be able to do this. Thanks for the ideas!

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      Louise Lately 4 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Careermommy - I really need to try this - it looks delicious:) I prefer veggie pasta and I looove broccoli. 5 star vote from me!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi KoffeeKlatch, thank you for your kind words!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great recipe. Your picture drew me to it. Can't wait to try it.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Tonipet, it's so easy to make! What a great idea to add a fruit. I never thought of adding peaches or cherries, but that sounds like it would step up the recipe a notch. I would probably add apples if I had to add a fruit, maybe even cranberries. Does that count? So, let me know how your version comes out. I'm sure it would taste delicious! Thank you for your kind words.

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      Wow, so easy to make. It's fortunate that I had some of the staples on hand I'd like to try. But I guess I'd be omitting black olives, I don't know why I/we don't like the taste. I'm tempted to add peaches or cherries. I'm not sure but the would be blend along with the rest of the ingredients could be worth discovering, as well. I'll let you know.

      Thank you Careermommy. You're a wonderful cook! :=)Tonette

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Janet, there is so much variety to add to this dish. I hope you do get to try it. Please let me know if you do try it! Thanks for your comments.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Kathyrn, thank you for the vote up! I love new pasta dishes as well. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Ceres, this is so easy to make and tastes yummy! Let me know if you try it. Thank you for commenting.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Billy, yeah tell Bev to get some more veggies in your diet! LOL. This is a great way to get some in. Thank you for your comments, as usual.

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      I love pasta and your recipe looks so yummy and it has healthy ingredients. It's also easy to prepare and you can vary ingredients. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks very good. I enjoy pasta dishes, and discovering new ones is exciting to me. Thank you for sharing this with us! Voted up.

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This looks like a great recipe for vegetable pasta. The image of the vegetable pasta looks really good and delicious. Now I want to try some. This seems like a really easy recipe to make that doesn't take much time at all.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will pass these on to Bev. I'm not much of a veggie eater, but I love pasta. :) Have a great weekn.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi kidscrafts, you're right, it is great for summer. I didn't even think about that. I always appreciate your comments. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi midget38, thank you for your kind comments and definitely for pinning!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Vacation Trip, it is so easy to make! Thank you for stopping by!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      A great recipe for the summer for sure! Thank you for sharing CareerMommy :-) It looks just delicious!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      It looks absolutely delicious and healthy, and most importantly, easy to prepare! Am pinning, Career Mommy.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Wow. Simple and quick recipe. Thank you for sharing.