Protein & Veggie-Filled Pasta 

Lunch / Dinner

May 3, 2024

Struggling to get enough veggies and protein in your diet? Look no further! This protein and veggie-filled pasta dish is a delicious solution. Enjoy this delicious, high fiber and nutritious protein and veggie-filled pasta dish as a satisfying meal that’s sure to please your taste buds!

Yields: 2-3 servings


  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3-5 garlic cloves
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 basil leaves
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2-3 servings of Banza pasta (adjust depending on serving size)
  • Your choice of protein (e.g., chicken, tofu, shrimp)
  • Salt, nutritional yeast, red pepper flakes (to taste)


  1. Cook the Pasta: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add Banza pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Vegetables: While the pasta is cooking, chop the zucchini, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, and garlic cloves into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Sauté the Veggies: In a large skillet, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic to the skillet. Sauté until fragrant and the onion becomes translucent.
  4. Cook the Veggies: Add the chopped zucchini, tomatoes, and bell pepper to the skillet with the sautéed onion and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are tender but still crisp.
  5. Season the Dish: Season the vegetables with salt, nutritional yeast, and red pepper flakes to taste. Stir well to combine.
  6. Combine Pasta and Veggies: Add the cooked Banza pasta to the skillet with the cooked vegetables. Mix everything together until the pasta is evenly coated with the vegetable mixture.
  7. Add Protein: If desired, add your choice of protein (e.g., cooked chicken, tofu, or shrimp) to the skillet. Stir until the protein is heated through and well incorporated.
  8. Finish with Cottage Cheese: Stir in the cottage cheese until it’s evenly distributed throughout the pasta and veggies. This adds a creamy texture and additional protein to the dish.
  9. Garnish and Serve: Tear the basil leaves and sprinkle them over the pasta. Give everything a final toss, then serve hot.