Pinwheels with Roasted Veggie Sauce


by Aug 4th, 2010 // Dinner, Recipes

Pinwheels with Roasted Veggie Sauce

This pasta dish has barely any fat but it is so creamy and decadent tasting that I was literally licking the bowl. It’s made up of fresh veggies that are roasted and then blended together to form a beautiful orange sauce that we tossed with al dente pinwheels. Just perfect!

While the veggies were roasting, we had some fun with the pasta. My husband drew a bunch of cars, robots and even an apple tree (not pictured) and my son used glue to attach pinwheels in the appropriate places. He squealed with delight each time my husband drew something new. It made for a great waiting game until he could finally use the blender to make the sauce. Now for the recipe…

Pinwheels with Veggie Sauce

Prep Time: 15 mins  Cooking Time: 45 mins

1 large red pepper (cut into chunks)
1 medium eggplant (peeled + cut into chunks)
1 medium onion (peeled + cut into chunks)
1 cup baby carrots
2 tomatoes (cut into chunks)
3 garlic cloves (peeled)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
salt & pepper
1 pound mini pinwheel pasta

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place all the veggies, garlic and onions on a rimmed cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Crack some fresh pepper and salt onto veggies and roast for 35 to 45 minutes or until tender but not mushy. Meanwhile, set out some dry pasta, construction paper and glue for your kid. Boil up some water in a large pot. Cook the pasta in boiling water for 6 minutes and drain. When the veggies are done roasting, combine 1/2 the veggies and tomato paste in the blender. Blend on high and keep adding veggies (leaving room for steam) to the blender until it has formed a thick sauce. Pour sauce into the pot where you cooked the pasta. Pour the pasta in the pot and heat over low heat until pasta and sauce are warm. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serves a crowd.

Pinwheels with Roasted Veggie Sauce

Roasted Red Pepper Pinwheels.

8 Comments on “Pinwheels with Roasted Veggie Sauce”

  1. 1.) Jackie
    August 5th, 2010

    Love this recipe! I never considered making my own roasted veggie sauce. This looks wonderful! Also love the idea of a game while waiting…even I get bored sometimes! Great way to have fun with the kids.

  2. 2.) jon
    August 5th, 2010

    Pasta! Robots! Cars! What kid wouldn't love this? I know what's for dinner tonight.

  3. 3.) jacquelinelegan
    August 5th, 2010

    i don't know whether i want to make the pasta or the artwork first…..i feel like a kid again.

  4. 4.) Dulcie
    August 6th, 2010

    Yum, this looks great.

  5. 5.) MDC
    August 7th, 2010

    Made it last night !! It was Delish , thank you .. I did have to add a can of tomato cause it was so thick to blend .. =}

  6. 6.) STLSara
    October 21st, 2010

    First of all, I have to say that I am a HUGE fan of your website. Almost all of my cooking now is done with your recipes. I'm a vegetarian (actually pescatarian, as I still eat fish and other seafood), so I love that you make so many vegetarian dishes. In addition, as a single gal living on my own, I really appreciate the fact that your recipes use the same basic, affordable ingredients and are overall fairly simple to make.

    I made this roasted veggie pasta earlier this week and it turned great! I had to show everyone at work the leftovers I brought for lunch the next day. Definitely adding this to my list of new faves! Keep up the good work!

  7. 7.) missp
    October 24th, 2010

    wow! i made this sauce last night and couldn't believe how creamy it was, had to add some water to the veggies in the blender to get it to blend … and my meat eating man wanted to add some sweet sausage to it … wow … totally loved it … he even ate some for breakfast this morning straight out of the fridge lol

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