This dish is an easy way to turn grilled vegetables into a satisfying meal, thanks to hearty whole-grain pasta and a quick homemade pesto.

Sara Haas, R.D.N., L.D.N.
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Summer 2020


Recipe Summary

45 mins
45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to medium-high. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Combine basil, Parmesan, walnuts, garlic, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Slowly pour 1/4 cup oil through the feed tube; continue processing until the mixture is smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.

  • Combine portobellos, bell peppers, squash, scallions, and the remaining 2 Tbsp. oil, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper in a large bowl; toss to coat.

  • Oil the grill grates (see Tip). Grill the vegetables until tender and lightly charred, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and coarsely chop.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Add zucchini "noodles" to the pasta during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water before draining. Drain the pasta and zoodles and place in a large bowl.

  • Whisk 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water into the pesto. Pour over the pasta and toss to coat, adding more reserved pasta water if needed to loosen the sauce. Add the grilled vegetables and beans; toss to coat well.


Tip: To oil grill grates: Rub an oil-soaked paper towel over the grill grates. Use tongs to hold the paper towel. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition Facts

434 calories; protein 12g; carbohydrates 37g; dietary fiber 8g; sugars 8g; fat 29g; saturated fat 4g; cholesterol 4mg; potassium 926mg; sodium 411mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Have made this myself without this recipe but almost the same many times for years. I do not usually use walnuts, sometimes I use store bought pesto, especially if made by store. Sometimes add grilled eggplant, or use sweet onion instead if I have that. Will use leftover grilled veges if I had those the night before. Can add small cut up or tiny balls of mozzarella, especially if you don't have beans, add when ready to serve. May skip beans if using a high fiber high protein pasta instead of zucchini "pasta". Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Chopped and grilled a bunch of veggies using a mesh grill pan. Made the pesto & boiled the noodles. Put it all together and wow, delish! Definitely will be making again! Read More