Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggies (5-Ingredients!) is such an easy, delicious dish that utilizes some of summer’s best gifts. Roast the veggies, cook the pasta, and then toss everything together and serve. 

For more easy 5-Ingredient recipes, check out this Garlicky Shrimp Pasta, these Stuffed Sausage Peppers, and this Chicken Piccata.

Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggies (5-Ingredients!)

If I can find a dish that’s healthy, packed with summer produce, has a little bit of protein for the hubs, copious amounts of pesto for me, and PASTA for all of us, well, I’m all in.

And I am ALL in on this Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggies.

Kind of a mouthful? And also, admittedly, kind of a lie. But just a little white lie. Because at the end of the day, this recipe is six ingredients.

  • olive oil
  • zucchini
  • eggplant
  • chicken sausage
  • whole-wheat penne
  • pesto

In the winter, I’m all about a store-bought pesto, obviously. But this time of year, my garden is overflowing with basil, so I always have homemade pesto on hand. If you’re lucky like me, then trust me, and skip the store-bought pesto for this recipe, and make this easy fool-proof pesto. I know it’s an extra few ingredients, but it’s SO easy, and packed with just a little bit more lemon and parmesan than your typical basil pesto, which I love here. If you do use store-bought, this is my favorite brand! 

How to make Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggies

  • Toss chopped zucchini, eggplant, and chicken sausage with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast until golden brown and soft. 
  • Cook whole-wheat pasta until aldente. Save 1/2 cup of starchy pasta water. 
  • Add cooked pasta, cooked veggies, pesto, and pasta water to a bowl. Toss until combined. Add more pasta water if necessary. Add more cheese, because we both know you want to. :) 
  • Serve with fresh basil. Done! 

How to roast veggies

  • Make sure the veggies are spread on an even layer. You don’t want to crowd the pan or they will steam. If necessary, use two pans.
  • Use plenty of olive oil to coat the veggies.
  • Season with plenty of salt and pepper.
  • Roast at a hight temperature, I usually like to go with 400 degrees.
  • Use a spatula to flip about 3/4 of the way through cooking to make sure both sides get an even color. .

Substitutions and Tips and Tricks for Recipe Success

  • Adding everything together when it’s very hot is key, you want the pasta to soak up as much of the sauce as possible.
  • I like my pesto heavy on the parmesan, so if you’re using store-bought, you may want to add more parm to your pasta. If you do, be sure to have extra starchy pasta water on hand.
  • Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggies is all about using what you’ve got. Swap out any of the veggies for what’s in season. Corn, tomatoes, yellow squash, or Brussels sprouts would all be lovely. Butternut or acorn squash in the winter would be delicious.
  • Same goes for the chicken sausage. If you want to use Italian sausage, go for it. If you want to cut up pieces of chicken breast, that will work too. 

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Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggies (5-Ingredients!)

Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggies (5-Ingredients!) is an easy, healthy way to use up all of those summer veggies! Comes together in 30 minutes!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pesto pasta, summer pasta, roasted vegetables, roasted zucchini
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
NA 0 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 333 kcal


  • 2 cups chopped eggpland
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 2 italian chicken sausage links, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lb whole-wheat penne
  • 1/4 cup pesto


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling bowl. Season liberally salt.

  2. Add veggies and sausage to a medium bowl. Drizzle in olive oil, toss until coated. Sprinkle in salt, a little bit of pepper and toss until coated. Spread on a large baking sheet and roast for 10-15 minutes, use a spatual to flip the veggies and sausage and cook another 5 minutes until softened and caramelized. If nedded, spread veggies on to two pan to avoid crowding.

  3. Cook pasta until aldente. Rerserve 1/2 cup of pasta water and then drain pasta. Add pasta back to the pot along with veggies, sausage, pesto and pasta water. Toss until coated. Season with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

Recipe inspired by Pinch of Yum. 

Nutrition Facts
Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Veggies (5-Ingredients!)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 155mg7%
Potassium 256mg7%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 436IU9%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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