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Make This Veggie Forward Pasta Dish!

Fresh Garden Pasta Sauce & Walnut Pesto Ricotta


Serves 4-5 People


Walnut Pesto Ricotta

  • 1 Cup of Fresh Basil

  • 3-4 Cloves of Garlic

  • 3-5 Tablespoons of Chopped Walnuts

  • ⅓ Cup of Parmesan

  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

  • ⅓ Cup of Olive Oil

  • 1 Cup of Ricotta Cheese


  1. Combine all ingredients except the ricotta cheese into the food processor & blend on the medium high setting.

  2. Turn the mixture out into a medium sized bowl & add the ricotta cheese, mixing until just combined. Set aside.

Fresh Garden Pasta Sauce

  • 3 -Medium Sized Fresh Tomatoes

  • 1-2 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme

  • 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Basil

  • 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Oregano

  • 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Rosemary

  • 1 Bay Leaf

  • 1 Tsp of Fennel Seed

  • 4 Cloves of Garlic

  • 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

  • 1 Carrot, Grated & Shredded

  • 2 Cups of Kale, Shredded (With or Without Stems...I Use the Stems)

  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped

  • 1 Bell Pepper, Chopped

  • 1 Large Zucchini, Cubed or Shredded

  • 3-4 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste

  • 1 Cup of Fresh Mushrooms (Baby Bella, Button, Portabella, etc)

  • 1-2 Cups of Water

  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

  • Pasta of Your Choice


  1. Sautée onion in olive oil with sliced mushrooms & bell pepper.

  2. Add garlic & grated carrot.

  3. Stir in zucchini (you can dice or grate it) & kale.

  4. Add tomatoes (I like to just chop them up roughly, but pureeing them is a move).

  5. Add tomato paste & water, mixing to evenly combine

  6. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the veggies are just cooked. Sometimes I simmer them for longer, but I like the veggies to still have a bite to them.

  7. Salt & Pepper to taste. I always leave this up to the cook's discretion.

  8. Serve with pasta (either toss it in the pasta sauce or serve with the sauce on top) and a dollop of your walnut pesto ricotta!


  1. I like a bite to my vegetables, so I usually only simmer this for 20 minutes. Simmer longer if you must!This is easily a great crock pot recipe to simmer on high for 2-3 hours.

  2. You can add any vegetables that you like, really. If you don’t like kale, spinach is a great substitute! If you have yellow squash instead of zucchini, go for that instead.

  3. Like spicy flavors? Add some red pepper flakes or a chile pepper to the mix! You won’t be disappointed!

  4. If you want a protein, add a LB of ground meat or sausage in there.

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Laura Iverson Mba-cca
Laura Iverson Mba-cca

This turned out amazing! I used spaghetti squash as my needles.

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