spicy roasted vegetable pasta

For me, summer eating is all about simple, fresh, tasty meals. When the sun is shining, there’s nothing better than enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner outside under it’s warmth. And, this dish is just perfect for that. In this season, I really like to make the most of eating lots of fresh vegetables, and always end up adding heaps of them to any meal.

There are just so many vegetables that I love, so when it came to making this recipe, I knew I wanted to include a wide variety of them, and make the most of all the fresh produce currently available near me. For this pasta dish, I decided to roast the vegetables first, as the process really enhances their flavour, gives them a nice texture, and is perfect for when you’re cooking lots of vegetables at once.

After roasting, I combined them with a rich, spicy, tomatoey sauce made with cinnamon, cumin, paprika, chilli and garlic. I kept it quite small, fairly thick and bold with flavour, perfect for giving a nice coating of sauce for the vegetables and pasta, providing them with enough taste, but not overwhelming them. With this dish, I decided the ratio between the ingredients quite carefully, so that you could enjoy all of its elements equally.

So, after just about 30 minutes of cooking time in total, the dish is completely done and ready to be eaten! As a fairly quick and simple meal to prepare, this is certainly one of my favourite Summer dishes to eat at the moment, so I hope you enjoy it!

spicy roasted vegetable pasta

serves about 4


for the vegetables:

1 medium courgette (zucchini)

1 red pepper

1 aubergine (eggplant)

1 medium carrot

1 cup (175g) cherry tomatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

pinch salt and pepper

for the pasta:

2 cups (175g) penne pasta (or any other pasta of choice, I used spelt penne)

for the sauce:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, finely sliced

1 medium red chilli – deseeded, and finely sliced

2 cloves garlic, finely sliced

4 tbsp passata

1 tbsp tomato purée

2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp vegetable stock powder – I used bouillon

pinch salt and pepper, to taste



1. Firstly, prepare the vegetables. Slice the aubergine, courgette, red pepper and carrot into small, bite-sized chunks. Then, transfer them onto a large oven tray, and add in the cherry tomatoes. Next, drizzle the vegetables with the olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then, shake the tray, so that everything is evenly coated, and move the vegetables into the oven to roast for about 25 minutes.

2. Next, cook your pasta in accordance to the time remaining for the vegetables. The pasta I used takes 9 minutes. So, I filled a pan with water, and brought it to a boil 9 minutes before the vegetables were done, and added in the pasta to cook.

3. When there are about 5-6 minutes left for everything to cook, prepare the sauce. Place a large frying pan/wok onto a medium heat. Then, add in the olive oil, onion, garlic and chilli. Fry all of them together for about 2-3 minutes, until the onion turns golden. Then, add in the tomato puree and passata, followed by the cumin, cinnamon, vegetable stock, ginger, paprika and some salt and pepper. Stir everything together into a thick saucy consistency, and reduce to a low heat to keep warm.

4. At this point the vegetables and pasta should be cooked. Remove the pasta from the heat, drain and set aside. Then, remove the vegetables from the oven, and pour on top of the sauce, including any remaining liquid from the tray. Stir the vegetables into the sauce, and then pour in the pasta, stirring again until all is evenly coated. When this is done, remove the pan from the heat and serve!

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40 thoughts on “spicy roasted vegetable pasta

  1. Love it! Nice little bowl of comfort! I love the sauce the most! That’s always the best part!

    1. Thank you so much Rebecca! Definitely – theres nothing more comforting than some pasta and sauce mmm!

  2. I love whipping up pasta when I’m looking to make a simple meal, and this sounds so lovely! I love that you incorporated so many veggies and that this pasta has a nice kick to it. It looks so very delicious and just like the kind of lunch I’d love to curl up with on my lawn chair outside! <3

    1. Same here Beeta! Thank you so much 🙂 that sounds like the perfect idea!

  3. This pasta looks absolutely perfect! I love the spices and veggies in here. What a comforting meal!

    1. Thank you so much Gayle!

  4. Gorgeous pics! I just want to grab a fork and dive right in. I wish I was having this for lunch – YUM!

    1. Thank you Jessica!!! I’m so glad you like it 🙂

  5. This pasta looks so good! Love the spices! Pinning!

    1. Thank you so much Mira!

  6. I love any dish that begins with the word “spicy”. I can’t get enough! This looks so good 🙂

    1. Me too Cathleen! Thank you!! 🙂

  7. Great!  I love pasta! This looks like an interesting recipe – definitely have to give it a shot.and I love the spices you used.

    1. Thank you so much Deepa, I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  8. What a lovely looking pasta Harriet! Loving all the spices and veggies here! Looks so comforting and YUMMY! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Anu! They’re my favourite spices!

  9. I love roasted vegetables, and I don’t make them nearly enough. Roasting them always imparts such an incredible, rich and deep flavor. This pasta looks so good!

    1. Same here, Kristi! Thank you so much 🙂

  10. I have everything, I think I’m gonne try it this week.

    1. Thank you Marie, I hope you enjoy it!! 🙂

  11. What a beautiful pasta dish! I love the chili along with the roasted veggies in here. The flavors sound fantastic! So fresh and delicious – perfect for summer!

    1. Thank you so much Kelly, they’re some of my favourite flavours!! 🙂

  12. Oh yum, this savory dish has my mouth watering. I love all of the veggies in here, and the spicy kick!

    1. Thank you so much Sam!

  13. These days we don’t eat pasta very often, but when we do, it has got to be wholewheat and veggie heavy. This definitely fits the bill.

    1. Same here Angie! Thank you 🙂

  14. i love spicy pasta!! i always douse mine in Franks hot sauce whenever I eat it, so whatever health benefits might have been gained are washed away by sodium and other chemicals…. this option seems a lot more healthy 🙂

    1. Me too Beverly!! Oooh that sounds tasty though! Thank you 🙂

  15. Roasted veggies are the best! This pasta looks and sounds wonderful – that sauce! Have a great weekend!!

    1. Thank you so much Ashley! You too! 🙂

  16. mmm this sounds so yummy! I LOVE Roasted Veggies!

  17. this looks awesome! I absolutely LOVE pasta and all the veggies your added sound amazing! 😉 I hope you have an awesome weekend!

    1. Thank you so much! Same Here! You too 🙂

  18. Looks excellent! I need some new quick and easy summer recipes as well, since I grow more and more tired of my salads. This looks like a cool alternative! 😀

    1. Thank you so much Howie! I definitely know how you feel – but it does also go well with salad too, if you feel like livening your salad bowls up!!!

  19. Mmm, looks delicious, and your sauce sounds spicy and inviting. Great eats for a Sunday afternoon.

    1. Thank you so much, Gin! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  20. Oh I loooooove spicy and I love pasta! I love all the flavors and spices you got going on here….just my kind of meal! I love the fresh ginger as well, it brings such depth to any dish. I could live off pasta too, so this has me drooling big time. Such a beautiful pasta dish Harriet!

    1. Same here, Brandi! Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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