Veggie-Packed Pasta
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Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Veggie-Packed Pasta

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings



  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cook the pasta until al dente, according to package guidelines. Drain, reserving a 1/4 cup of the pasta water (plus a little more). Set the pasta and pasta water aside.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over a medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic and stir. Add the asparagus and zucchini and sprinkle with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, to soften the vegetables, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the white wine, scrape up the bottom of the pan and let the wine cook down. Add the kale, peas, ricotta cheese, pesto and the reserved 1/4 cup pasta water and bring to a boil, cook for 1 minute. Add the drained pasta and mix thoroughly. Use more pasta water as needed if the sauce is too thick.
  4. Transfer the pasta mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  5. Add the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, crushed red pepper flakes and remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a medium bowl and mix until well combined.
  6. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the top of the pasta, then bake until the breadcrumbs are golden, and the sauce is bubbly, 15 to 17 minutes.
  7. Remove and garnish with fresh parsley.