Harvest Medley Pasta

Though this dish calls for only a half-pound of pasta, it’s so chock-full of vegetables (as well as kidney beans) that it makes a heaping quantity. It’s a great dish to make in very late summer or early fall. Have all the vegetables cut and ready to cook before beginning to cook the pasta. 

Serves: 6 or more

  • 1/2 pound penne, ziti, gemelli, or other short shape
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large carrots, sliced diagonally
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 cups fresh uncooked corn kernels (cut from2 large ears)
  • 2 cups green or yellow wax beans, trimmed and halved crosswise
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 small yellow summer squash, sliced
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 8 firm, ripe plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 cups cooked kidney beans (from 3/4 cup raw), or 1 1-pound can, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegan Parmesan cheese, optional

Cook the pasta in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente, then drain.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a steep-sided stir-fry pan. Add the garlic and carrots and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes over low heat until the garlic is golden. Add the bell pepper, corn kernels, and green beans, and wine. Raise the heat to medium and cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir once or twice.

Add the squashes, tomatoes, and kidney beans, and oregano. Cover once again and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are just tender, then remove from the heat.

Combine the pasta with the vegetable mixture in a large serving container. Stir in the parsley, then season to taste with salt and pepper and toss together. Serve at once, passing around vegan Parmesan for topping if desired.

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