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Savor the Simple: Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Penne

Discover the Joy of Wholesome Eating with Our Grilled Vegetable Penne Recipe!

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Servings: 4


  • 8 oz penne pasta (whole wheat for a healthier option)
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced into rounds
  • 1 small eggplant, sliced into rounds
  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional or use a vegan alternative)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions until al dente, drain, and set aside.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Brush the zucchini, eggplant, and bell peppers with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill the vegetables in batches, turning occasionally until they have nice char marks and are tender, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  4. At the same time, steam the broccoli florets until they are bright green and just tender, about 3 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the grilled vegetables, steamed broccoli, and cooked penne. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and toss to coat.
  6. Tear the basil leaves by hand and add them to the pasta. Toss gently to distribute.
  7. You may choose to sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese, and garnish with additional basil leaves.
  8. Enjoy your colorful and nutrient-packed meal!

Nutritional Highlight: This dish is a feast for the eyes and the body. It’s packed with fiber from the vegetables and whole grain pasta, antioxidants from the colorful veggies, and healthy fats from the olive oil. It’s a simple yet delicious way to enjoy a range of vitamins and minerals. Plus, it’s a flexible dish – swap in your favorite seasonal veggies to keep it fresh all year round!

Roughly, per serving:

  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Proteins: 13 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60 g
  • Fats: 10g
  • Fiber: 8g

This estimate assumes the use of whole wheat pasta and a moderate amount of olive oil for grilling the vegetables. The addition of Parmesan cheese is not included in this estimate. These numbers can vary depending on the exact portion sizes and specific ingredients used.