This nourishing, brothy pasta dish is almost stew-like, making it the perfect hearty meal for lunch or dinner. This dish is not only flavorful, but it’s also budget-friendly, requires only a handful of ingredients, and comes together in just about 45 minutes. The recipe uses ditalini pasta, but you can use any short, cut pasta you have on hand.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Total time: approximately 45 minutes
Serving size: 1½ cups
Add olive oil to a large soup pot. Chop the onion, mince the garlic, and cube the zucchini. Add onion and garlic to the soup pot and sweat over medium heat until translucent (don’t brown them). Add zucchini and sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add vegetable stock and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and continue to cook uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pasta and water and cook for 7-8 minutes. Add parmesan cheese and stir to mix well. Cover, remove from heat, and let sit for 5 minutes. The pasta will continue to cook and absorb the liquid, creating a stew-like texture.
Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley and finely diced grape tomatoes (optional). Serve.
MOBE kitchen tip:
Calories: 180 / Total Fat: 6g (8% DV) / Saturated Fat: 1g (5% DV) / Trans Fat: 0g / Cholesterol: 0mg (0% DV) / Sodium: 399mg (17% DV) / Total Carbohydrate: 28g (10% DV) / Dietary Fiber: 2g (7% DV) / Total Sugars: 5g / Added Sugar: 1g (2% DV) / Protein: 6g / Vitamin D: 0mcg (0% DV) / Calcium: 27mg (2% DV) / Iron: 1mg (6% DV) / Potassium: 301mg (6% DV)
Allergen statement: Contains milk and wheat.