Roasted Veggie Pesto Pasta

[Total: 7    Average: 5/5]


Lately, the weather has had me down in the dumps and craving winter fare…but today is a different story.  The sun is shining and my spirits are up, which means I’ve been inspired to prepare some “summer” fare!

Lunch is all about channeling summer with this simple, refreshing pasta packed with roasted veggies and creamy pesto sauce.


One of my favourite ways to prepare vegetables is by roasting them.  The caramelization gives them such a sweet flavour that baby (and you) will love!  This recipe is perfect for the entire family to enjoy, whether you add the veggies to pasta, purée them to make a pasta “sauce ” (for those finicky eaters out there) or eat them on their own as a healthy side dish.


(Yields about 4 cups)
1 medium red onion
1 medium red pepper
1 large eggplant
2 medium zucchini
2 tbsp. homemade pesto (or store-bought)
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese for garnish
pasta of choice (quantity as desired)
*I prepared the veggies then made “Ditali” for my son and some penne for my husband and I.  TWO meals in one with tons of leftovers!

Set oven to 400 degrees.
Chop veggies into 1-2 inch cubes (the size doesn’t matter as long as they’re all uniform so they cook evenly).  Place in a large baking sheet, add olive oil, salt and pepper, and mix (with your hands is best!) to coat all the veggies.


Cook for 30-40 minutes or until the veggies are fork tender then set aside.


In the meantime, (while the veggies are in the oven) bring water to a boil in a large pot then add the pasta and cook according to package instructions.
*TIP: Remember to add some salt (to taste) to the pasta water before adding the pasta to give it some extra flavour.  No one (especially Italians) likes bland pasta!

Once the pasta is cooked, reduce the heat to low, drain the pasta (setting aside about 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid) then return to the pot.  Add the roasted veggies and pesto to the pot and warm through for a few minutes to combine all the flavours and coat the pasta.
*TIP: If the pasta is too dry simply add one tablespoon at a time of the cooking liquid, (which will make a “sauce”) until the pasta is well coated.


Although the veggies are soft enough for older babies to eat you also have the option to purée their portion of veggies or mash them with a fork before adding to the pasta.

Alternatively, purée the veggies in a food processor then store in baby cubes in the freezer.  Defrost when needed and add to pasta, rice, or quinoa dishes.


Garnish with another dollop of pesto and some freshly grated Parmesan.


Roasted Veggie Pesto Pasta written by Lisa Codina average rating 5/5 - 7 user ratings
  • mail4rosey

    Pesto is so easy to make and adds such a powerful punch to the flavor of pasta. I’d love to tries this roasted veggie pesto pasta!

    • Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Yes, it is!! I don’t think people realize that either ;-)

  • Joely Smith

    Pesto is my second favorite Italian pasta sauce and I love that type of noodle too! What I love most is the heavy usage of good veggies! I will give this a try. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

    • Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      It is actually my first! ;-)

  • Christy Maurer

    Oh, I would love that! I love that it has all of those veggies, so that it’s good for you and tasty too!

  • Michele

    That definitely sounds like a meal I would love to eat. I do love my pasta and I also love veggies-although I have never tried roasting veggies for me.

  • Carmen Nimo Perez

    I love pesto, and this dish looks very healthy with all of those veggies.

  • Jacob

    Yumm! That looks really good! We love pesto so we’ll definitely have to try this recipe.

  • Mariamichelle117

    This looks really delicious and healthy. Thank you for the detailed cooking directions as I’m not a highly skilled cook.

    • Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      No problem, I would like the think they are detailed so that’s great to hear!

  • Miranda (Myrabev)

    Looks really yummy, I am not good with eating veggies alone as I always want meat with it but this looks too delicious

    • Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      I’ve also pureed roasted veggies and made a pasta ‘sauce’ for the kids for those times that they weren’t interested in their veggies!

  • Nancy

    My mouth is watering. Can you tell it’s lunch time over here? I’d totally make this but omit the onions :)

    • Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Lol! You could definitely omit the onions without altering the flavour.

  • Jeanine

    Yum. This looks delicious. I love pesto, so I know I’d love this. I bet my kids would too. They are HUGE pasta fans!

    • Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      My kids love pasta too…whichever way I make it!

  • Jaime Nicole

    This looks so good and I am not just saying that because it’s time to eat! I can’t wait to try this recipe out and see how my family likes it.

  • Mary Madalene

    I love how the veggies meld together in this recipe. I would add a few others in there to give it more umph….

    • Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      What would you add? I’ve added capers and pine nuts and they are also delicious in this dish.

  • Ourfamilyworld

    I love pasta salads! This one looks really good and flavorful because of the roasted veggies. Need to try this.

  • Terri Lynn Grothe

    pasta salads make me happy, gonna make this one this weekend. I love the color of it all

    • Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      It is very colourful, actually ;-)

  • Heather – MOHTH

    That looks delicious and all chalk full of veggies! I love pesto too!

    • Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      My kids (and I) absolutely love pesto!!

  • Stephanie Pass

    Oh this looks wonderful with all the veggies. Roasting them is one of my favorite methods.

    • Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Mine too! They are so flavourful that way!

  • Shanéy Vijendranath

    My husband loves his veggies, he would be so pleased with this for dinner. Definitely going to try it.

  • ronley

    Will definitely try this too soon! Love this recipe of yours!

  • Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey

    We enjoy pesto and the veggies would be a delightful addition! Plus it’s healthier. This sure looks like a very tasty recipe, can’t wait to try it!

  • April Mims

    I could really go for a yummy pasta salad like this. Roasted veggies are always a big hit around my house.

    • Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      It’s one of my favourite ways to cook them…it really brings out their sweetness!

  • rosemary palmer

    I do lots of pasta salads and sometimes it almost like cleaning out the frig. I add what needs to be used up.

    • Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      I think that’s the best way to use up leftover ingredients!

  • Addi G.

    I love pasta, roasted veggies and pesto, so this right here is a comfort dish for sure! I will be making this during the week for dinner and I’m sure even the kids will love it.

  • Krystal

    This is a dish that I have never tried before. I really like pesto so it sounds like a great option!

  • Marie Moody

    I’ve only tried Pesto once, and I don’t think it’s fair to say I totally don’t like it so this recipe does looks really good, so I think I’ll try it. Thanks for sharing.

  • monica

    This looks so good Lisa! I’m so impressed with your recipes. Your ability to constantly create meals that are new, exciting and extremely healthy!