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bowl of penne pasta with mixed frozen vegetables

Pasta with Frozen Vegetables

  • Author: Jenny Meier | Kitchen Skip blog
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Pasta with frozen vegetables is a fast, easy and affordable dinner. The one-pot pasta cooking method is simple trick that makes the pasta extra-flavorful. 


Units Scale
  • 8 ounces short pasta (such as penne, fusilli, macaroni or small shells)
  • 2 1/4 cups vegetable or chicken broth OR 2 1/4 cups water + 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 cups frozen vegetables



  1. Bring the broth or salted water to a boil.
  2. Add the pasta.
  3. Reduce the heat to a rapid simmer (medium) and cook the pasta for 5 minutes, uncovered. Stir occasionally to make sure the pasta doesn't stick to the pot.
  4. Add the frozen vegetables. Mix well.
  5. Continue to simmer for 5 more minutes. The pasta will start absorbing all of the liquid and you'll notice the texture of water/broth getting thicker and starchier. Stir frequently, making sure the pasta doesn't stick to the pot. Turn down the heat slightly to prevent the pasta from sticking if necessary.
  6. After a total cooking time of 10 minutes, taste the pasta. It should have an al dente texture (firm but tender). All of the liquid should be absorbed and the frozen veggies should be warm and defrosted. 
  7. Turn off the heat. Add salt if needed and grated parmesan or other type of cheese if desired.
  8. If the pasta isn't as soft as you would like, put a lid on the pot and let the pasta and veggies sit for a few minutes before serving.  


Frozen Vegetables

Almost any type of frozen vegetable works well in this recipe. I often use a blend of frozen peas, corn, lima beans and carrots. Frozen peas or green beans also work well and so does frozen broccoli or cauliflower florets. 


  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: 30 Minutes Meals
  • Method: simmer
  • Cuisine: American

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