Cheesy Rotini Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

CHEESY, creamy rotini pasta topped with beautiful roasted vegetables. This pasta dish a must-try! It’s made with gluten free chickpea pasta, has so much flavor, and is one of my absolute favorite pasta dishes. 

A white ceramic bowl with rotini pasta and roasted vegetables on a white counter with a blue napkin next to it.

I’m a sucker for cheesy pasta and roasted vegetables. Thankfully this pasta has a ton of nutritious ingredients as well as being super flavorful! I used Banza chickpea rotini to have plant-based protein and make this dish gluten-free friendly. The pasta is mixed with rich tomato sauce, melty Italian cheeses, and then topped with tons of roasted vegetables! The most delicious and healthier pasta dish I’ve ever tasted. 

How to Make Pasta Taste Amazing

Well Salted Pasta Water: This is key for great tasting pasta. Using a generous amount of sea salt or himalayan salt in your pasta water will instantly draw out flavor from the pasta noodles.

Italian cheese: I use a pre-made organic Italian cheese blend to ensure the sauce is super creamy but also perfect in flavor. Using one specific cheese like parmigiana will not melt well on it’s own with the pasta. Use an Italian blend of provolone, parmesan, and asiago cheese to make certain your sauce has excellent flavor and cheesy consistency.

Herbs: Seasoning your pasta with fresh herbs is an easy way to elevate the flavor of your dish. Add generous amounts of basil and even dried oregano if you have on hand. Always test & taste, then season your pasta with salt & pepper before serving to ensure perfection!

How to Make Rotini Pasta with Roasted Vegetables – Step by Step

(1) Preheat oven to 400F. Toss chopped vegetables in oil with salt and minced garlic. Roast for 20-30 minutes.

(2) After draining pasta add back to the pot: pasta, 1 cup of pasta water, and 1 cup of cheese.

(3) Stir ingredients together – consistency should be a creamy/cheesy sauce. If pasta seems too “stiff” from cheese, add more hot pasta water to adjust level of creaminess.

(4) Then add tomato sauce and fresh basil. Stir together and season with salt & pepper to taste if needed. Then serve pasta with roasted vegetables over top!

A close up of cheesy rotini pasta being stirred together in a pot.

Important Tips To Remember When Making Rotini Pasta

  • Important** Using an Italian cheese blend: I use a pre-prepared Italian cheese blend for an ultra cheesy sauce. Using one specific cheese like parmigiana will not melt well on it’s own with the pasta and can result in an unpleasant clump of cheese. To ensure success with this dish I only recommend using an Italian blend of provolone, parmesan, and asiago cheese to make certain your sauce has excellent flavor and cheesy consistency. This should be a product found in any grocery store. 
  • Healthy Pasta Noodles: I’m so crazy about pasta. But to keep things wholesome and nutritionally focussed, I love using chickpea or lentil pasta noodles. They are not only gluten free and made completely from veggies, but are also an excellent source of plant-based protein. And these pasta noodles taste JUST like regular pasta! Win-win. You can also use regular pasta for this recipe as well. 
  • Roasted Vegetables: Adjust the vegetables to your liking. Add extra veggies to your roasting pan such as mushrooms, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and red peppers.

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Cheesy Rotini Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

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CHEESY, creamy rotini pasta topped with beautiful roasted vegetables. This pasta dish a must-try! It’s made with gluten free chickpea pasta, has so much flavor, and is one of my absolute favorite pasta dishes. 

Servings 4
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Tags: healthy rotini pasta, how to make rotini pasta, rotini pasta
Calories: 483 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups Chickpea Rotini Pasta
  • 1 -1 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup Italian cheese blend (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 3 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

Roasted Vegetables

  • 3 medium zucchinis (yellow and green)
  • 1 medium eggplant, diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt & black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F – Lay chopped veggies out on a sheet pan. Mix minced garlic, olive oil, and salt into vegetables. Roast for 20-30 minutes until vegetables are well roasted and browned. 

  2. Bring to a boil 8 cups of water with 1 teaspoon of salt. Lower temperature, then add pasta and stir immediately – cook pasta about 7-8 minutes until al dente. 

  3. When pasta is finished pour about 1 1/2 cups of pasta water in a separate pot or liquid measuring cup (or another vessel that can handle heat). Set pasta water aside. Strain pasta. 

  4. Add pasta and 1 cup of Italian cheese blend – add 1 cup of pasta water and stir until creamy. If pasta needs more cheese or creaminess add more cheese and pasta water if necessary. 

  5. Then add basil and tomato sauce to pasta. Then serve pasta with roasted vegetables over top with parmesan cheese and fresh basil. 

Notes

Cooking Tips

  • Important** Using an Italian cheese blend: I use a pre-prepared Italian cheese blend for an ultra cheesy sauce. Using one specific cheese like parmigiana will not melt well on it’s own with the pasta and can result in an unpleasant clump of cheese. To ensure success with this dish I only recommend using an Italian blend of provolone, parmesan, and asiago cheese to make certain your sauce has excellent flavor and cheesy consistency. This should be a product found in any grocery store. 
  • Healthy Pasta Noodles: I’m so crazy about pasta. But to keep things wholesome and nutritionally focussed, I love using chickpea or lentil pasta noodles. They are not only gluten free and made completely from veggies, but are also an excellent source of plant-based protein. And these pasta noodles taste JUST like regular pasta! Win-win. You can also use regular pasta for this recipe as well. 

  • Roasted Vegetables: Adjust the vegetables to your liking. Add extra veggies to your roasting pan such as mushrooms, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and red peppers.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Rotini Pasta with Roasted Vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 483 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Cholesterol 44.9mg15%
Sodium 635.9mg26%
Carbohydrates 36.5g12%
Sugar 7.5g8%
Protein 30.9g62%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Vitamin C 31.4mg38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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