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Hidden Veggie Pasta

Written by COA Nutrition Team On October 14, 2022

Kids love this delicious dairy-free pasta recipe. Easy and packed with nutrients, the sauce is savory and smooth, even the pickiest eaters wouldn’t know!


  • 1-pound cooked short pasta of your preference, reserve 1 cup pasta water
  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 2 large yellow squash
  • 1 small shallot
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 small red peppers
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1/4 cup seasoned toasted panko (optional)
  • Chopped chives (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Chop veggies, and place them in a baking dish with garlic and seasonings. Drizzle with oil, and toss to combine.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until veggies are soft and fragrant.
  4. Let the vegetables cool slightly, and transfer to a high-speed blender with the reserved pasta water and basil. Pulse until smooth.
  5. Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta, and toss to coat.
  6. If you desire, top the pasta with the panko and chives and serve warm.

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