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Recipe: Easy Veggie Pasta

Published October 14, 2011 8:04 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Last week I introduced my latest pasta passion--Barilla's Minature Piccolini veggie pastas! I also shared one of my own creations using the Mini Pipe Pasta. This week, I have a new recipe using different vegetables and a different sauce. These pasta dishes are a great way to incorporate vegetables into your picky eater's diet!


  • ½ box of Mini Farfalle (AKA bow tie pasta) 
  • Chicken broth
  • Olive oil
  • Light alfredo sauce (Classico makes a delicious one with only a portion of the calories)
  • Broccoli
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Garlic powder
  • Parmesan cheese



  1. Follow directions on the pasta box and boil the mini farfalle pasta.
  2. In a separate large sauté pan (I like to use a wok), warm the broccoli in a ½ cup to a cup of chicken broth (using broth instead of water gives a little more flavor).
  3. Add in the sun-dried tomatoes and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Let simmer until both are soft.
  4. Add in boiled pasta and stir together (do not add in pasta until veggies are soft enough to eat).
  5. Sprinkle a dash of garlic powder and a ½ cup of shaved parmesan and mix.
  6. Pour in a jar of light alfredo sauce. Let everything blend together and warm on low for about 5-10 minutes.
  7. Serve with chicken and warm rolls for a complete and tasty fall meal!

Recipe Substitutions and Suggestions

  • The sun-dried tomatoes can be substituted with diced tomatoes (either fresh or jarred- whichever you have handy or have time to prepare!).
  • If you have a very picky eater on your hands who would never in a million years eat broccoli, try chopping it very fine (maybe even place in a food processor) so that it blends more with the pasta and sauce.
  • Feel free to try other vegetables as well. The farfalle bow ties are made of carrot and tomato, so really any veggies that you think would go well with them should work nicely.
  • If your child tends to avoid and reject meat and poultry, add some shredded chicken into to the dish, so that like the broccoli, it simply blends in. The goal here is to introduce new flavors and textures, exposing your child to a nice variety of foods and nutrients!


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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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