Faster pasta

Pasta pronto! Hungry and in a hurry? This healthy pasta dish is ready in 1, 2, 3! Perfect for busy days at the start of the school year. Tip: make some extra and take the leftovers for lunch the next day.
30 min
Serves 4 people


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow squash or zucchini, sliced
  • 1 small eggplant, cubed
  • 1 small fennel bulb, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 glove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (400 g)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 450 g penne pasta
  • 15 g fresh basil
  • grated Parmesan cheese


Step 1

Sauté the vegetables — Add olive oil to a high-sided skillet or sauté pan and place over medium-high heat. When oil starts shimmering, add squash, eggplant, fennel, and onion and sauté until squash begins to soften, about 8 to 10 minutes 

Step 2

Add the seasoning — Stir in garlic, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly to avoid burning garlic. 

Step 3

Make the sauce — Stir in diced tomatoes and tomato paste until everything’s evenly incorporated. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally. 

Step 4

Boil the pasta — Boil pasta to al dente according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and drain. 

Step 5

Finish and serve — Add pasta to sauce, stirring to combine evenly. Use a little pasta water to thin sauce, if necessary. Stir in fresh basil, ladle into individual pasta bowls and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. 


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