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It’s officially SUMMER! I can’t even tell you how excited we are about summer entertaining over here: the smell of the grill, a crisp rosé, and the sound of your neighbor mowing his lawn (right?). Each summer, Alex and I create vegetarian grill recipes to prove that grilling is just as delicious without the meat. This year we’ve teamed up with ALDI to make an easy, healthy summer meal featuring the grill, and it turned out so fantastic we can’t stop eating it! It has not one but two grilled components: grilled veggies AND a grilled romesco sauce. So it should really be called double grilled vegetable pasta, I think. (PS ALDI has a great rosé called Trestoria Rosé we’ve been drinking that’s under $7!)
Alex and I have been shopping at ALDI since we were newly married (gulp!) eleven years ago. Back then, we used to mainly buy pizza sauce and premade crust. How things have changed for us! In the past few years, ALDI has changed too, focusing on offering more healthy, fresh and organic ingredients. ALDI has a mission to provide everyone with high-quality food at affordable prices. WHICH is such a fantastic mission, because Alex and I believe that every person deserves to eat good, healthy, and fresh foods. After I visited their wine supplier operations in Washington wine country last year, it was clear that they are uber passionate about offering the highest quality items and keeping the cost low. All that to say, when you’re hosting family and friends this summer, ALDI is a great place to stock up. And, we’ve noticed our bill is consistently lower than when we shop at any other grocery. Just saying.
So, this grilled vegetable pasta! Alex and I wanted to bring the grill flavor to a vegetarian main dish. Oddly, we’ve never grilled veggies and mixed them into pasta. You’d think we would have thought of it after 8 years of eating mostly vegetarian, but I guess there are always new things to discover! The fun thing about this recipe is that there are two grilled components: veggies for the pasta, and bell peppers for the grilled romesco sauce. Romesco is a roasted pepper and almond sauce that originates from Spain, and usually when we make it we use jarred red peppers. But for this recipe we thought: why not grill the red peppers to create a grilled romesco? It makes a creamy bright red sauce for the lightly smoky and addicting grilled vegetable pasta. Top it with feta crumbles for vegetarian, or leave it off for vegan. Here we used linguine noodles, but you can use penne or other short shapes. We’ll definitely be eating this grilled vegetable pasta all through the summer!
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This grilled vegetable pasta is vegetarian. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, omit the feta.
For gluten-free, use gluten-free pasta. *ALDI has some great organic, gluten-free options from the liveGfree line, like penne or brown rice quinoa fusilli.
Want to up your summer grilling game? Try this grilled vegetable pasta with grilled romesco sauce! It’s a delicious and healthy vegetarian grill recipe that will keep the family coming back for more.
- 2 red bell peppers
- 3 large heads of broccoli
- 1/2 medium to large red onion
- 3 tablespoons SimplyNature Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
- 1 teaspoon plus a few pinches kosher salt, divided
- 1/2 cup Southern Grove Oven Roasted Unsalted Almonds
- 2 garlic cloves
- 15-ounce can Happy Harvest Diced Tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Stonemill Paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon Stonemill Crushed Red Pepper
- 1 pound SimplyNature Organic Pasta (linguine or penne, or gluten-free pasta if desired, for example the liveGfree line)
- 2 to 4 ounces Happy Farms Preferred Feta, optional
Grill the vegetables: Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Cut off the tops off of the peppers and remove the pith and seeds. Remove the stems from the top and cut the top in half, then quarter the bottoms. Cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets. Cut the onion into thick slices. Coat vegetables lightly with about 1 tablespoon olive oil and a few pinches of kosher salt. Use your hands to rub the olive oil into the veggies so they are lightly coated.
Place a few sheets of foil to cover the entire grill (or use a grill basket). Poke several small holes in the foil. Place the veggies on the foil and grill them, turning occasionally, until tender and lightly charred (about 15 minutes). Remove from the grill and place the vegetables on a baking sheet.
Make the romesco sauce: Peel the garlic. In a blender or food processor, add the almonds, garlic, tomatoes (including the can juice), 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, and kosher salt. When the vegetables are grilled, remove the pepper slices and place them in the blender. Process the sauce until smooth.
Make the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta until al dente, then drain. Combine with the romesco sauce and grilled broccoli and onions, then taste and add additional salt as desired (we added about 1/2 teaspoon — for the vegan version, you can add more salt than for the vegetarian version, since feta adds salt). Top with feta crumbles and serve.
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.