We’ve all been there: after a long, busy day making an elaborate, time-consuming meal sometimes is the last thing we want to do. This is when today’s vegan bruschetta pasta recipe comes in very handy. Not only is it easy to make, it’s also light and filling, and can be easily prepared with no oil!
To say that this recipe for bruschetta pasta is quick to make is an understatement. I mean, cooking the sauce takes less time than boiling the spaghetti! Actually, even ‘cooking’ is too loud of a word here: diced tomatoes just get warmed up in the pan and then are taken off the heat right away.
The inspiration for this dish came to me one day when I was trying to make copycat Capellini Pomodoro from Olive Garden at home. It used to be one of my favorite dishes there, but I’m not sure if they still have it, plus we don’t go out to eat very often.
That day also happened to be the day before my third half marathon in early 2012 (wow, I’m surprised that I remember these details!), so I wanted to have an easy-to-make dish of pasta that would also digest quickly and not give me any trouble on the race morning.
Did it work? Like a dream: the pasta was delicious, my stomach was very happy at night and in the morning, and I even set a PR for the half marathon (1:47:56).
I’ve beaten that time since then with a current PR of 1:45:34, but I’m pretty sure I also had some sort of pasta the night before that 🙂
I called this dish ‘bruschetta pasta’ because the sauce can be used as a classic Italian bruschetta appetizer when served on toasted bread.
If you’re having a dinner party and are running low on what else you can serve to your guests, you can quickly toss this bruschetta together and serve it with crackers or small pieces of toast.
By the way, this recipe is one of my 2 year old daughter’s favorite recipes from the blog! See the full list of 15 of my kid friendly vegan recipes that she loves.
If you’re thinking that just pasta and tomatoes in this recipe won’t provide you with enough protein, you need not worry: whole-grain pasta tends to have plenty of protein, plus you can experiment with other types of pasta of your choice. (See my post on the optimal amounts of protein we need.)
Still not enough? Top bruschetta pasta with some cannellini beans after you ladle it into a bowl (avoid mixing the beans with the sauce while it’s still in the pan – it all might just turn into an unsightly mush).
More vegan pasta recipes from the blog:
- Soy curl bolognese pasta
- Veggie-loaded balsamic pasta
- The best stuffed shells with homemade cashew-almond ricotta
- Classic lasagna with vegetable and tofu filling
If you’ve tried this recipe, I’d love to hear how it turned out! Give it a star rating below, pin it to Pinterest, tag @vegan_runner_eats on Instagram, or leave a comment.
Question: Do you have any vegan recipes that are quick to make on a busy night?
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