Cooking Green Goodness: Penne With Roasted Zucchini, Sweet Corn and Fresh Herbs

Dig into the succulent zucchini that is part of this dish! Penne with seasoned and roasted zucchini, sweet corn, cherry tomatoes and ‪fresh herbs such as basil and oregano. The vegetables in this dish are roasted until caramelized, livening up a savoury bowl of pasta.

Penne with Roasted Zucchini, Sweet Corn and Fresh Herbs

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A lively bowl of pasta!


  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 large zucchinis, halved lengthwise then sliced crosswise
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kernels from 2 ears of corn
  • 2 cups penne, preferably whole wheat
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Walnuts, crushed (use as desired; you can also substitute with Parmesan)


Preheat oven to 450°F.

In a large bowl, mix together zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and stir until vegetables are evenly coated. Transfer to baking sheet and spread in an even layer.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Stir in the corn and bake for another 12 – 15 minutes, until the vegetables are sweet and golden brown. Stir minimally while baking in order to allow for the vegetables to caramelize.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted boiling water to boil over high heat. Stir in the pasta, then adjust heat to maintain a low boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender. Drain and return pasta to pot.

Add the caramelized vegetables, along with 1 tbsp of olive oil, stir gently and combine. Gently stir in the basil and oregano. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve topped with walnuts and enjoy.

Look no further than zucchini if you want a vegetable that’s versatile. Zucchini can be eaten raw or cooked and one of the best ways to bring out the flavour is to roast it seasoned and with sweet peppers or onions coated with a bit olive oil.

Also see: Zucchini Pizza Bites

It is important to follow the clear instructions outlined in order to keep this amazing dish fresh and flavourful.

See more: Cooking Green Goodness

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