This veggie pasta dish made from red lentil noodles is the perfect base for a grilled vegetables pasta dinner. Mixed with a simple vegan butter sauce and herbs, this pasta is a fun recipe to make for weeknight dinner.

Disclosure – This post was originally sponsored by Barilla but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. This post was originally published on January 30th, 2019 and updated on April 14th, 2021.

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Vegetarian pasta dishes like this one are a perfect way to get all of your veggies and eat a meal that’s tasty and satisfying!

Tips for Making This Pasta

  • Use cooking spray to grill the veggies. It will grill them perfectly without an oily taste.
  • This pasta doesn’t freeze well, so, make it on the day you are going to consume it. The grilled veggies will retain their fresh taste.
  • Add the buttery sauce about 30 minutes before you are going to serve it. This will give it a chance to marinate all the ingredients.
  • You can use any fresh veggies that you have in you refrigerator. The vegan pasta will blend well with any veggie.
  • Don’t forget the capers! They add a delicious tang to the is recipe and it really brings out the flavors of the red lentil pasta itself.
  • Use dry packed sun-dried tomatoes instead of in-oil type of tomatoes.

Why You’ll Love this Pasta Recipe

As vegetarian pasta dishes go, this is an extremely delicious and satisfying option! The best way to showcase this pasta is with a whole bunch of grilled veggies. Together, the pasta and veggies make for a very colorful and flavorful veggie pasta recipe.

This veggie pasta dish is a great way to add protein to my vegan diet and its also a great way to get my veggies for the day.

I went with cucumbers, mini sweet peppers, julienne beets, colorful cherry tomatoes, avocado, red onions, radishes and topped with tangy capers!

Whew! That’s a lot of ingredients, but, I assure you that they are all worth the grilling.

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The colors in this veggie pasta dish make it almost as beautiful to look at as it is good to eat!

What About the Sauce?

I am glad you asked that question. 🙂

The sauce I used is a combination of my fresh herb vegan butter sauce from my casarecce pasta and the rich vegan buttery sun-dried tomatoes from my fingerling potatoes recipe.

Vegan butter with fresh herbs and sun-dried tomatoes drizzled over red lentil pasta and grilled vegetables! Need I say more?

Occasionally, I do like a creamy sauce with pasta. One of my favorites is this sun dried tomato pasta recipe by

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The veggies in this dish are completely customizable to your taste, so feel free to mix and match.

Frequently Asked Questions

What veggies can I add to pasta?

For this recipe, I suggest using cucumbers, peppers, onions, beets, tomatoes, radishes, and some avocado, but there are a number of other veggies that would be great in this veggie pasta dish! Broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, artichokes, or any kind of squash would taste absolutely fantastic!

What can I add to pasta if I have no sauce?

Something simple like butter or oil with some grated or shredded cheese is a great and easy option! You could also toss in some herbs for a burst of flavor, or even make a quick sauce by heating some butter and cream in a saucepan. Of course, you could also chop up some veggies and stir them into your pasta as well!

Is pasta made with vegetables healthy?

Absolutely! Especially if you use a lower-carb pasta, like something whole grain or a pasta like this red lentil rotini. All of the delicious vegetables provide great nutrients, and in moderation the carbs from pasta help give you great energy!

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With the delicious sauce and variety of ingredients, this recipe is a superstar among vegetarian pasta dishes!

I have another butter that you can use in this recipe. Try my lemon balm butter with garlic to enhance your taste experience.

This pasta is also delicious in a cold pasta recipe, or in a delicious 9 tomato marinara sauce.

More Vegetarian Pasta Dishes

If this veggie pasta dish has you craving even more vegetarian pasta dishes, take a look at some of these tasty options!

What are your thoughts on vegan/vegetarian pasta? I would love to hear your thoughts about it, so please comment below!

You can also mix in this olive salad in dish. Adds a natural tang and saltiness to the pasta.

How To Make this Veggie Pasta Dish with Grilled Veggies

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Vegan Pasta With Grilled Veggies

A nutritious and colorful vegan pasta recipe made with red lentil pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinate 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 387 kcal


For the Pasta

  • 1 cup red lentil pasta uncooked
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • water to boil the pasta

For The Grilled Veggies

  • 1/2 cucumber cut into half rounds
  • 4 mini sweet peppers de-seeded and cut into halves
  • 1/4 red onion julienne
  • 1/4 cup beets julienne, from a can
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved, I used different colored tomatoes
  • 3 radishes thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small avocado thinly sliced strips

For the Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes julienne
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil finely chopped
  • 7 leaves mint finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup curly parsley finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • cooking spray

For Garnish

  • 2 Tbsp capers
  • cilantro optional
  • panko bread crumbs optional


To Cook the Pasta

  • Bring water to a boil
  • Add salt and pasta
  • Cook for 9 minutes and then drain, set aside

To Grill the Veggies

  • Heat your stove top grill for about 3 min on medium heat
  • Spray it with cooking spray
  • Add the veggies to the grill and grill each side
  • You can grill one veggie at a time or cook them all together
  • Place grilled veggies in a bowl
  • Add the cooked pasta to the bowl

For the sauce

  • Heat a medium saucepan and add the vegan butter
  • When it melts, add the garlic and let it brown for 30 sec
  • Add the oil, fresh herbs and sun-dried tomatoes
  • Mix well and cook for about 2 minutes on medium heat
  • Drizzle sauce over the bowl of pasta and grilled veggies
  • Mix well and set aside for 30 minutes
  • Serve with garlic bread or by itself


Nutrition info is approximate.
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Update Notes: this post was originally published in January 2019 and updated in April 2021.

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