Vegetarian Tuscan Pasta

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Our easy vegetarian Tuscan pasta features fresh tomatoes, olive oil, and basil, making it the perfect light and healthy springtime dish.

A bowl of Tuscan penne pasta made with fresh tomatoes and basil

Happy March! With springtime right around the corner, we’ve been dreaming of sitting on a sunny patio enjoying a glass of wine and a good meal – preferably one that involves fluffy bread and some delicious homemade basil pesto. Inspired by our love of carbs and Italian flavors, we crafted this light and healthy pasta dish: vegetarian tuscan pasta.

In college, Alex’s parents gifted him a box of Penzeys, and since then have gifted the two of us more spices over the years. Having some unique spice blends on hand inspired us to start cooking more and experiment with different flavor profiles. It has helped us learn what flavors we like and don’t like, and how different spices interact with each other and the ingredients they’re used with. We’ve learned a lot about cooking just by trying new things – so don’t be afraid to experiment with your own spice blends and see what you like!

Vegetarian tuscan pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil

Vegetarian Tuscan Pasta Ingredients

Our vegetarian Tuscan pasta uses simple, fresh ingredients for the best flavor:

  • Fresh vine tomatoes
  • Minced garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Penzeys Tuscan Sunset seasoning
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Crushed red pepper flakes

We’ll be honest – we cheated a little to make this delicious pasta super easy, so anyone can make it in 20 minutes or less! We love cooking, but some nights we just need something quick and easy for dinner. That being said, we sometimes rely on Penzeys Spices for delicious flavor in a pinch.

Penzeys Tuscan Sunset seasoning is a blend of basil, oregano, red bell pepper, garlic, thyme, fennel, black pepper, and anise. It’s a well-balanced seasoning that pairs perfectly with fresh tomatoes and olive oil. Using penne pasta as our base, we started with those ingredients and then added garlic, a key ingredient in any Italian dish. Finally, we garnished our pasta with fresh basil, parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes for an extra layer of classic Italian flavor.

If you don’t have Penzeys Tuscan Sunset seasoning, try experimenting with different ratios of Italian herbs to create your own blend! Tuscan seasoning generally has a more peppery flavor than a classic Italian seasoning, so don’t shy away from the black pepper. Balance it with some sweetness from fennel or anise, and make sure to use plenty of oregano, garlic, and thyme for added robustness. Playing with different flavors and taste-testing for what you like is one of the best ways to improve your cooking skills.

Tuscan penne pasta with fresh tomatoes served with a side of Italian bread topped with pesto

How To Make Vegetarian Tuscan Pasta

Coming together in just 20 minutes, vegetarian tuscan pasta is a simple and easy solution to a weeknight dinner. Unique vegetarian pasta recipes don’t get any easier or better than this. Here is everything you need to know to make vegetarian tuscan pasta!

  1. Bring a lightly salted pot of water to a boil. Add penne and cook for 12 to 13 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. In the meantime, heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  3. Add diced tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Lower heat and cook down for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Drain the cooked pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Set aside.
  5. Add Penzey’s Tuscan Sunset seasoning and pasta water to the tomatoes. Stir to combine and cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Remove the sauce from heat and stir in the cooked pasta. Add fresh basil leaves if desired.
  7. Serve hot with an optional sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.
A bowl of tuscan penne pasta with fresh tomatoes, basil, and parmesan cheese

Our easy Vegetarian Tuscan Pasta is the perfect answer to a busy weeknight. It’s flavorful, complex, and satisfying without being heavy like some pasta dishes. And it doesn’t require too much time in the kitchen, so you can spend more time eating and enjoying this delicious meal with friends and family – the Italian way!

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5 from 2 votes

Vegetarian Tuscan Pasta

Our easy vegetarian Tuscan pasta features fresh tomatoes, olive oil, and basil, making it the perfect light and healthy springtime dish.
Servings 3 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups penne pasta uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 vine tomatoes diced
  • 1 teaspoon Penzeys Tuscan Sunset seasoning
  • ¼ cup pasta water reserved
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves optional garnish
  • Grated parmesan cheese optional garnish
  • Crushed red pepper flakes optional garnish

Instructions

  • Bring a lightly salted pot of water to a boil. Add penne and cook for 12 to 13 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • In the meantime, heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  • Add diced tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Lower heat and cook down for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain the cooked pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Set aside.
  • Add Penzeys Tuscan Sunset seasoning and pasta water to the tomatoes. Stir to combine and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Remove the sauce from heat and stir in the cooked pasta. Add fresh basil leaves if desired.
  • Serve hot with an optional sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.
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Author: Nicole
Calories: 345kcal
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, olive oil, pasta, spring, summer, tomatoes, tuscan seasoning, vegetarian

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1036IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Abbi Passero says:

    5 stars
    Super easy and quick. I added chicken since we had some and it was yummy!

    1. Nicole Author says:

      Yum that sounds so good! Great use of leftover chicken 🙂

5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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