Vegetable Pasta
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Bright Vegetable Pasta



The idea for this Bright Vegetable Pasta came from a weelicious reader who's child lives on this recipe and I love it. A lot.

At first look I figured it was way too many vegetables in one recipe for the average kid (coincidentally, I had recently been told by a 9 year old that "salad is death". Whoa!).

Yet when I made this recipe for my kids, what worked so well for them is that the vegetables are grated and chopped into such tiny pieces that everything in the dish is really easy to chew, especially for small mouths. Plus, in every bite they got a burst of sweet veggies brightened by a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese. Combined all together it's a really simple dish that even the most resistant vegetables eaters should be willing to try.

Bright Vegetable Pasta  (serves 4)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins,
  • Cook Time: 10 mins,
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The idea for this Bright Vegetable Pasta came from a weelicious reader who's child lives on this recipe and I love it. A lot. At first look I figured it was way too many vegetables in one recipe for the average kid (coincidentally, I had recently...


  • 2 cups mini pasta (such as wheels, penne, bowties or spirals)
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh baby spinach
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 small lemon)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. 1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid before draining.
  2. 2. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, carrots, broccoli, and peas and saute another 3-5 minutes. Add the spinach and cook for 1 minute more.
  3. 3. Add the vegetables to the cooked pasta, toss with the lemon juice, parmesan cheese and reserved pasta water to combine thoroughly.
Bright Vegetable Pasta

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  1. daisyjie

    May 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    This is great. My 19 month daughter devoured the pasta and all the vegetable, including the spinach! It is also so easy to cook. Thank you for this recipe.

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  3. Laurie Tabor

    July 14, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Can’t wait to make this!

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  5. marla

    June 21, 2013 at 5:43 am

    This looks like the perfect pasta for everyone!

  6. Alex

    May 29, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I made this tonight for my 20 month old as she loves pasta peas and carrots. She didn’t exactly dive in as she does with tastes she is familiar with :-( She kinda just picked at the pasta and the peas. I think it may be the lemon flavor she was questioning, and she wasn’t digging the broccoli. Ah well, we can only keep trying new recipes I guess. I thought it was delicious and will eat it myself!

  7. Kim

    April 13, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Any suggestions on ways to freeze this or is that even possible?

    • catherine

      April 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Hmm I have not tried freezing it, and I’m not sure that would work so well. Pasta dishes are better to freeze when they’re things like casseroles.

  8. Ashley

    March 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Just made this for my daughter & my lunch today. So good! I used the garden delight veggie noodles and used bok choy instead of spinach ( it was going bad). I also realized half way through cooking that I was out of Parmesan cheese. So I added some almond milk and shredded cheddar in to make a light cheese sauce. My daughter pick all the peas out and ate the noodles, but I devoured mine!! Will make again!

  9. Shannon

    March 7, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Hi – this looks great but i have a dairy allergic child – is the parmesan a big part of the flavor or do you think it would be OK without?

    • catherine

      March 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      The parmesan does add lots of cheesy flavor! You could leave it out, but I would suggest replacing it with something flavorful. Nutritional yeast tastes just like parmesan! Or maybe try adding a touch more lemon juice or the zest from the lemon to make it a more lemony sauce!

      • ssandler

        March 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm

        Catherine – thank you! The nutritional yeast was a good supplement for the parmesan (this isn’t the first time i’ve tried nutritional yeast, but it is the first time i liked it’s flavor in something!) Of course my picky two and a half year old wouldn’t go near it, but i will definitely keep trying and gladly eat it if he won’t – thanks again!

  10. Jessica

    February 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Perfect! A no sauce noodle dish I can serve my picky daycare kids without feeling guilty about :)

  11. Ashley

    February 16, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    My kiddos (5 and 2.5) really enjoyed this for dinner tonight! Though my 2.5 year old me pick out the spinach as per usual, but I keep putting on his plate in case he changes his mind like he has about lots of other vegetables. Thanks!

    • Ashley

      February 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      *had me!!

  12. Diana @ Eating Made Easy

    February 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Cute kid dish!

  13. Gaby

    February 15, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    omg this is literally, no joke, what I ate as a child every day when I was growing up. I was a giant noodle. That’s all I would eat. And a few veggies too. Plus cheese. I love this!

  14. kiley

    February 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I like this recipe also but don’t understand why you are using canola oil instead of olive or something much less processed.

    I am guessing the smoke point but all of these items will saute nicely in Olive oil as well.

    Just a thought.

    • catherine

      February 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      You can really use any oil you prefer! I like using a neutral flavored oil, but olive oil will definitely work!

      • kiley

        February 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm

        Thanks for the reply and keep the great tips and recipes coming!

  15. AlaskaSarah

    February 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I am making this tonight! My son LOVES wheel pasta, and I have all of these ingredients in my house right now! Yay!