Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rigatoni with Fresh and Light Pasta Sauce

This is a great sauce on a hot summer day when you don't want something heavy, but you still want a lot of flavor. As you can see by the picture below, my ratio of sauce to pasta is about 2:1. I could really eat most sauce as a meal by itself, I think. There is proof of a noodle, however, down at the bottom of the bowl under the broccoli. Hope you enjoy this dish!

Rigatoni with Fresh and Light Pasta Sauce

1 lb. bag of rigatoni
1 Tbs. canola oil
2 pkgs. Morning Star Meal Starters Chik'n Strips, halved
3 cups of veggies - we used:
Broccoli spears
Zucchini cut on the diagonal
1 bunch of cilantro leaves, chopped
2 15 oz. cans of diced tomatoes
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder


Cook the pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the Chik'n Strips and cook for a few minutes until they begin to brown, about five minutes or so. Add the veggies (broccoli and zucchini) and cook until crisp but fork tender, about eight more minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until heated through, about five more minutes. Serve over the pasta. Simple but good. Feeds five hungry vegans.


  1. That sounds like a great combo...I love the vegetables are nice and does look like a perfect fresh and summery pasta dish..BTW: I'm with you, I could just eat pasta the sauce by itself by the's good on pasta to though :))

  2. I guess I will have to make this delicious looking dish before my back surgery on Wednesday. Thanks Blessedmama.

  3. Oh!!!! do I have to drain the diced tomato juice or do I mix in the recipe?

  4. Hi, Rose, I've been terrible all my life at picking and tasting sauce before it hits the table. I've been known to eat small bowls of the stuff before dinner's served.

    Millie, this would be an easy dish for you before your surgery. You do NOT drain the tomatoes; keep the yummy juice in. :-)

  5. So simple yet great. You know how to make food fun.

  6. I love your ratio of pasta to sauce!I want to dig in RIGHT NOW!!

  7. Hi, figtree - thanks for stopping by again! I love that sauce, too!