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Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner


Hidden Veggie Pasta is an easy, healthy, and delicious recipe! Made with tons of colorful roasted vegetables, flavorful seasonings, and rigatoni pasta … this sauce is super customizable, creamy, nutritious, and freezer friendly. It is a perfect way to sneak in some extra veggies to your kids’ and your own meals!


  • 16 oz rigatoni pasta
  • 3 carrots, peeled & roughly chopped
  • 5 roma plum tomatoes, halved
  • 1 zucchini, roughly chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 whole garlic head, outside layers peeled
  • 1 red bell pepper, halved
  • 23 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • Salt & pepper
  • Fresh basil


  1. Set the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Next prepare the vegetables.  For the garlic, trim off the top of the head.  Then peel away the outside papery layer, but not the skins of the individual garlic cloves.  Once roasted, the garlic should be easy to squeeze out of the skin.
  3. Add all the vegetables to a large sheet pan.  Cover with the olive oil, garlic powder, dried basil, and dried oregano.  Add salt and pepper generously.
  4. Roast for 60 minutes.  Stirring about halfway through.
  5. Once the veggies are done roasting, boil your pasta according to the package directions.  Make sure to reserve about 1 1/2 cups pasta water.  While waiting for the pasta to cook the veggies will cool down for blending.
  6. Add the slightly cooled roasted veggies and about 1 cup of the reserved pasta water to a large blender or food processor.  You could use more or less water depending on your desired consistency.  If you have a small blender you may need to blend in multiple batches.
  7. Add the blended, smooth sauce to a large saucepan or large pot on the stove over low medium heat.  Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Then add the boiled and drained pasta to the sauce.  Add more pasta water if you’d like.  Combine thoroughly.
  9. Serve with fresh basil and parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy!

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