Pasta with roasted vegetables

Oven–roasted vegetables, tender and scented with garlic, make a chunky dressing that is great with long, wide pasta. A sprinkling of crunchy sunflower seeds adds texture as well as additional nutritional benefits.

Pasta with roasted vegetables


  • 1 eggplant, cut into large chunks
  • 2 zucchini, cut into large chunks
  • 2 red capsicums, quartered and seeded
  • 1 green capsicum, quartered and seeded
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, halved
  • 2 red onions, quartered
  • 1 bulb garlic, cloves separated but unpeeled, plus 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • cayenne pepper
  • ⅓ cup (40 g) sunflower seedssoy sauce
  • 350 g long, wide pasta, such as reginette, lasagnette or pappardelle
  • ¼ cup (60 g) tomato paste, or to taste
  • handful of fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped if large, or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  2. Arrange the eggplant, zucchini, capsicums, tomatoes, red onions and whole garlic cloves in a single layer in a large ovenproof dish or roasting tin.
  3. Sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons of the oil, a little cayenne pepper, half the chopped garlic, and salt and pepper.
  4. Roast for about 45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender but not soft and mushy, and are charred in places.
  5. Turn the vegetables once or twice during cooking, and increase the heat slightly if they are not cooking quickly enough.
  6. Meanwhile, toast the sunflower seeds.
  7. Lightly brush a frying pan with just a few drops of oil, then heat the pan.
  8. Add the sunflower seeds and toss and turn them for a few moments until they begin to toast.
  9. Shake in a few drops of soy sauce and turn the seeds quickly, letting the soy sauce evaporate as the seeds toast and brown lightly.
  10. This should take about 4–5 minutes in total.
  11. Remove from the heat just before the seeds are crisp and leave them to cool in the pan.
  12. They will crisp up as they cool.
  13. Cook the pasta in boiling water for 10–12 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until al dente.
  14. Drain well and keep hot.
  15. Cut the roasted vegetables into bite–sized chunks.
  16. Toss the vegetables and garlic with the remaining raw chopped garlic, the tomato paste and basil or parsley.
  17. Taste for seasoning.
  18. Toss the pasta with the vegetables and serve immediately, sprinkled with the toasted sunflower seeds.

Serves 4
Preparation: about 20 minutes
Cooking: about 45 minutes


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