Paccheri Pasta with Summer Vegetables

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This Paccheri Pasta recipe uses the vibrant flavors of fresh summer vegetables and Cantadina Tomato Sauce.

This recipe is sponsored by Cantadina.

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When I last visited the Amalfi Coast in Italy last year, I was enamored with the vibrant flavors which came through in simple foods. Back home, I found myself watching Under the Tuscan Sun and was reminded of my time, during a scene along the Amalfi Coast. Hey, I remember that drive and watching the sunset!

Back home in Sacramento, I wanted to recreate some of the food I enjoyed, using ingredients found in my garden, and anything else thoughtfully sourced. Despite growing my own tomatoes, I prefer to use canned tomato sauce and paste – the consistency and deep flavors are something I’ve never been able to achieve on my own. That, and the nostalgia of my own Italian grandmother using the same @Contadina product years ago.

Paccheri Pasta with Summer Vegetables Recipe

Paccheri Pasta Recipe:

Paccheri Pasta with Summer Vegetables Recipe

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta, vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Author: Michael Kahn
Cost: $30


  • 4 Quart Pan
  • 1 Quart Pan
  • Sautee pan
  • Chef's knife
  • Cutting board
  • Strainer
  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Serving dish


  • 16 oz Paccheri Pasta This is the standard amount in a bag or box.
  • 2 cans Contadina Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can Contadina Tomato Paste
  • 1 Yellow Croockneck Squash
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1/4 Yellow Onion Medium sized.
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 handfuls Cherry Tomatoes Mix of red, yellow, and other cherry heirloom tomatoes.
  • 3 sprigs Oregano
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • In a 1 quart pan, pour a few dashes of olive oil in the pan over medium heat.
  • Add in chopped yellow onion and minced garlic. Simmer until translucent.
  • Add in Contadina Tomato Sauce and Contadina Tomato Paste. Stir the ingredients gently.
  • Strip oregano leaves from the stem and sprinkle over the top of the tomato sauce into the shape of a heart.
  • Bring to a simmer, stirring to keep bottom from burning and big bubbles from bursting.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • After about 30 minutes, stirring occasionaly, remove from heat.
  • In a saute pan with a dash of olive oil, slightly brown sliced squash and zucchini. Place the vegetables in bowl away from the heat.
  • Braise cherry tomatoes in the saute pan until slightly wrinkled. Set aside.
  • In the 4 quart pan, fill 2/3 full and bring water to a rolling boil. Follow the Paccheri pasta cooking instructions. Usually around 10-12 minutes.
  • Drain the Paccheri pasta, put back into the 4 quart pan, and add in enough sauce to lightly coat the pasta.
  • Add in the zucchini, squash, and cherry tomatoes. Add additional tomato sauce to taste or personal preference. Gently stir to thoroughly coat. You will have some leftover tomato sauce.
  • Place the Paccheri pasta with vegetables and tomato sauce into your serving dish. Sprinkle with fresh oregano leaves and parmesan to taste.
  • Present extra tomato sauce for guests to add as much as their heart desires.


If Paccheri pasta isn’t available, rigatoni pasta is a safe substitute.

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