This pasta skillet looks like the inside of my car.

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Not because the inside of my car is filled with noodles and brown butter and ha – vegetables! – but because the inside of my car is a giant mess.

We’re talking huge.

And the thing is, in all of my type A-ness, regardless of how I want things a certain way or how I want things to be neat and clean or how I want things to be perfectly in place, there are two places where that rule is totally null and void: my car and my bedroom.

Brown Butter Garden Vegetable Pasta Skillet I

I can’t even tell you about my dorm room in college. OMG. It makes me want to barf. Not because it was dirty, but because I would literally pile up clothes to the height of my desk chair before forcing myself to clean the mess. Which was like, such a huge pain because then it took FOR-EV-ER, (Sandlot-style.) Yeah yeah yeah… if I just put my things where they belong after I was done using them, I wouldn’t have had that problem now would I? Whatever. Don’t look at me.

Sometimes I would let my bedroom at home get just as bad. Sometimes I couldn’t even see the floor. And the worst part was that a lot of it had to do with trying on 36 outfits before deciding on one. So the carpet was littered with clean, now completely wrinkled clothing. Oh come on. I know you’ve definitely done the same thing. With five minutes left before leaving for your destination, you decide that you need to change outfits – like your life depends on it – and you frantically rip 8000 things out of your closet and try to put them on at once. And there is no time to pick it all up before you leave. And then you get home really late. And then the next day, you go to work, and you come home and you’re just so tiiiiiired and… you know where this is going. Vicious vicious cycle.

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I’ve sort of let my current bedroom get to this state once or twice, but it usually has to do with traveling and busy weeks. And then I feel bad because it’s not just MY room (though um, I totally have made it MY room since I’ve used every drawer and square inch of closet in the space, forcing my husband to put his clothes somewhere else) and I go through the whole pain-in-the-butt cleanup process.

Will I ever learn? Stop asking.

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But my car?

That’s a whole different ball game. Because in my car it’s usually just me. And only me. My husband’s biggest pet peeve (besides when I vacuum and leave the cord plugged in and unwrapped) is my cluttered car that is filled with… well, my life. You know – purses and yoga mats and hats for workouts and headbands for workouts and snacks in case I get hungry and lipgloss that’s fallen out of my purse and gum wrappers that I forgot to throw away and receipts from the iced coffee that I don’t even like and anything and everything I’ve printed off the computer and never brought into the house and at any given time about 13 water bottles – some empty, some half full.

This… enrages him.

Brown Butter Garden Vegetable Pasta Skillet I

During our first year of marriage, we got in such a big fight about the state of my car (that he never even had to drive) that we didn’t speak for like 36 hours. The we (I really mean he) learned to pick and choose our battles (oh marriage!) and decided to only spend like 16 minutes fighting over the state of my car. And sometimes I will be really nice and make a steak dinner and be like… oh… can you help me clean my car? Which really translates to “I’ll stay up here and clean the kitchen while you clean my car since me being down there with you would be like the equivalent to you standing on top of me in the kitchen while I’m trying to make biscuits.”

And that really translates to me blasting my music as loud as I can in the kitchen so I don’t hear him screaming from the garage “13 water bottles?! Seriously? THIRTEEN WATER BOTTLES? Why can’t you just throw them away? WHYYYY?”

Brown Butter Garden Vegetable Pasta Skillet I

So long story long… this pasta is like the inside of my car: a ton of stuff thrown together to create a mess. Albeit a delicious one.

And guess what? I don’t CARE that there is brown butter or that there is parmesan or that there is provolone because there are freaking vegetables And that’s what matters. Get rid of your summer produce, cover it in brown butter, cover it in cheese, and you have a meal. With vegetables!

This is so simple.

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Brown Butter Garden Vegetable Pasta Bake

Yield: serves 4-6

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


2 cups whole wheat pasta, like rigatoni
1 zucchini, chopped
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
1 small red onion, chopped
2 ears of fresh corn, cut off the cob
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 ounces freshly grated parmesan cheese
4 ounces freshly grated provolone cheese
fresh parsley for garnish


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare water for pasta and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add pasta to cook. Drain when finished.

While pasta is cooking, heat a large oven-safe skillet oven medium-low heat. Add in olive oil, then add in onions, zucchini, corn and tomatoes with salt and pepper, stirring to coat. Cook for 10-15 minutes, tossing occasionally, while softened.

While pasta and vegetables are cooking, heat a small saucepan oven medium heat. Add in butter and whisk constantly, stirring until bubbly and brown bits appear on the bottom, about 5-6 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Turn off heat under vegetables and add in pasta. Drizzle in brown butter and add in parmesan, stirring well to coat. Top with provolone, the place in the oven and cook for 10 minutes, just until cheese is melty. Remove and serve immediately, garnishing with parsley and extra cheese if desired.

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Now if cleaning my car was just that simple. Oh wait. I bet it is. Stop it.

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127 Responses to “Brown Butter Garden Vegetable Pasta Skillet.”

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — September 6, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    My room is constantly filled with tall tall TALL piles of clothes! And my dinners are always messy too…. I see a trend here, and I don’t think it’s changin’ any time soon!


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    Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet — September 6, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    Looks delicious!


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    Michelle {LiveLoudly} — September 6, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    hahahaha my god you sound like my BF and I. I’ve told him so many times that my car is MY space! It’s my mobile closet. I’m constantly harrased by him to clean it up. Like you, everything else in my life is organized and A-Type (you should see my notebooks lol) but my car and walk in closet – A MESS! I’m glad I’m not the only one out there :)
    This recipe looks amazing! I think I’m going to try it with a gluten free pasta. Thanks!
    -Michelle {LiveLoudly}


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    Amy — September 6, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    It is SO nice to see there are others like me out there as well. I love your blog! Thank you!


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    what katie's baking — September 6, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    i about died when i saw this on instagram. now i am dying! this look so delicious


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    Carolina — September 6, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    That looks delicious!!! AND it’s vegetarian friendly!!! I think I have all of that in my fridge….


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    meg — September 6, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    Did I mention I love your new blog look! It’s fabulous! Your marriage makes me laugh because it reminds me of mine. When my husband bought me a new car he told me if I didn’t keep it clean, he’d sell it and make me drive an old beater! (Yikes, don’t let your husband see this and get ideas!)


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    Alicia — September 6, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    I subscribe via google reader and had to click through to tell you that this post was hilarious. I really really enjoy your writing style.

    Thanks for the entertainment AND dinner!!


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    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — September 6, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    Bwahahahaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! Sometimes I flipping swear we are the same person! My room (which is really my room b/c my hubs and I are back living w/ my folks for a month before we move out of state, so it’s still tooootally MY room and not his) has always been the same way! I try on 517 outfits before deciding and then I leave everything on the floor…for days…and then I’ll finally get a hankering to clean, and then I’ll take the clean clothes off the floor that have miraculously become dirty just by being on the vacuumed floor, and I will put them in the laundry pile…where they’ll sit for a couple more days…and then my husband will get fed up and *finally* do the laundry because he has like two pairs of boxers and 2 pairs of pants compared to my 7,000 of each so he can’t wait months before laundry gets done, and then he’ll fold everything and put away all the clothes but mine…and then they’ll sit there for at least another week before I fiiiiiiiinally put them back where they belong. Sheesh, I have no clue how he deals with me ;)


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    Kiki — September 6, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

    Ohemgee. Are we twins??? Room + Car = messy. Everything else…super orderly. Especially books and the kitchen.


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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — September 6, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    This I love and can’t wait to try. Your car sounds like how my husband’s used to be. I hated it! :)


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    Sues — September 6, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    Having everything in your car makes it so comfortable because it feels like home. Just like this pasta. I want everything in it.


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    Tracy @ Commit to Fit — September 6, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    You are reminding me, yet again, why I need to run and go brown some butter!


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    Cindy — September 6, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    This looks delicious and your room sounds just like my room…just can’t help myself, life is too short to worry about neat, clean rooms!!


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    Caitlin — September 6, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    I happened to have all these ingredients in my fridge, and it was the perfect meal for a late summer evening. The double threat of corn and pasta together…brilliant!


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    Riley — September 6, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    Hah! My car is the same way, but I eventually get so annoyed I HAVE to clean. It out! The pasta looks wonderful, I love brown butter!


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    Cheryl — September 6, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

    OMG I thought I was the only one who did those things. To help me keep my car more tidy (well a little bit anyways) is to keep a small waste basket (lined with a trash bag so you can just pull it out when it’s full) I your car. I keep it behind the passenger seat so I can easily toss stuff in there.

    Seriously too funny. Good to know I am not alone!!

    Thanks for making me laugh!



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    Anna @ hiddenponies — September 6, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

    I love it – my car is the one place I can’t seem to get under control either, or even care about the cleanliness of :) This skillet looks perfect – what better way to eat vegetables (or anything!) than covered in cheese and butter??


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    Jen @ ConcreteNCoffee — September 6, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    LOVE the new site and how user-friendly it is now for bookmarking and printing recipes!

    PS, I am the EXACT same way with my car and room. We can never get through washing, folding and putting away laundry so the bedroom is a wreck. My car pains my hubby to look at because he’s a motorhead who shines his wheels when meeting up with other drivers for weekend drives.


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    diane stanley — September 7, 2012 @ 12:20 am

    I had a chair in my room in high school. When you could no longer see the chair it was time to do laundry and clean up.


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    Mindy Grant — September 7, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    Are we like long lost sisters or something?? Seriously?? My car is always a mess! It has been ever since I got my first car when I was 18… and right now, I probably have 13 half empty bottles of water in there too. That’s pretty much a standard for my car. Let’s not forget the crumpled up receipts, the chapsticks that have fallen under my seat, the loose change I get back after going through the drive-thru, the 4 pairs of flip flops, an umbrella in case it rains, and a whole bunch of random crap that makes its way in there, yet never leaves! My boyfriend has cleaned my car out for me a handful of times, and I TRY so hard to keep it clean, and it always last about a week MAX. I feel bad, but I just can’t help it! Oh, and I haven’t seen my bedroom floor in a while. It’s covered with clean, wrinkled clothes too!

    This recipe looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!! :)


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    Melissa in NJ — September 7, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    You crack me up!! My answer to the car: a garbage bag hung over a seat, and bins. The pasta looks really delicious, esp w the fresh corn. I am slightly messy everywhere. ‘Course, just don’t look into my office I mean dining room….


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    Melissa — September 7, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    O.M.G. Had this for dinner last night and it was SO good! My uber picky 7 year old even ate a bite of zucchini. Hubby thought I was trying to make him a vegetarian but still enjoyed it.


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    Cathy — September 7, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    “For-ev-er (Sandlot Style)” – totally going to use that! I find myself looking at these recipes more for the stories than the food. (don’t get me wrong – I’m drooling as I’m reading and laughing as well) ;)

    If you haven’t already, pretty sure you need to write a book. Just sayin’.

    Thx for the smiles.


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    Amanda — September 7, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    I enjoy that at least once a week the words `brown butter`show up in my email lol you really love that stuff :P


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    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — September 7, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    Oh my, I´m your bottles-in-the-car twin! I just dump them in the back floor and they start rolling to the front because there are so many! Men just have a hard time understanding about certain things…
    I have versions of this pasta all the time, you should call it Clean Your Fridge Pasta, because it works with everything. The brown butter is perfect!


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    Melissa — September 7, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

    I’ve read your blog a lot but have never commented until now. Your recipes all look AMAZING! I pin a ton of them so I remember to try them all. And I love the way you write – cracks me up!


  28. #
    Liwen — September 8, 2012 @ 4:36 am

    Looks so yumms! definitely my kind of comfort food!


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    Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut — September 8, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

    I’m having guests over next weekend and have been stressing about something “easy” and tasty I can make. Thank you for solving my problem. YUM! PS. Is it OK if I take the credit?? ;)


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    KelseyLynn — September 8, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    I just made the pizza version of this but I added Hatch Chiles. Sooo good. I can’t wait to try it with pasta. I’m so not ready for summer to end!


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    Aoife.D — September 9, 2012 @ 3:42 am

    This made me laugh out loud! It sounds so like my life. The pasta looks just fab too!


  32. #
    Danielle — September 9, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    this looks so good!!! must make!!


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    Rebecca — September 10, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    I neve thought of adding brown butter. I made it tonight..yum.. Gruyere on top was delicious, plus some portabellos.


  34. #
    Maura — September 10, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    Just made this for dinner–so good! Even my parents (who typically balk at vegetarian recipes…) sang this recipe’s praises :) Thanks!


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    Nicole — September 10, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    I made this tonight for me and my hubby who is an executive chef at a country club and he is raving about it! I also made your thai beef tacos which he also loved! I’ll definitely be making these two dishes again!


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    Astrid — September 17, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    This is becoming my go to blog for cooking while I am studying in denmark! made this w/ my friends the other night. very popular. didn’t stand a chance against 4 hungry girls. love the addition of the corn!


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    Sara — September 17, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    KLSADJFADLKSF jesus Christ I just made this and it’s the best thing in the world. OMG i’m going to have to stop myself from eating the rest of the skillet…..


  38. #
    Courtney — September 18, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    I am pretty sure we are the same person and our significant others are the same person. I get so annoyed with drive-thru-beverage-order-receipts. Like come on. But seriously…coffee mugs, water bottles, shoes, purses, headbands, sweaters, coats, mason jars, two yoga mats, protein bars. You just never know when you might need those oh-so-important things.


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    Melissa — September 20, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    I have already commented once but I had to comment again because we had it again last night and it is so, so yummy. I have renamed it “Cheesy Goodness in a Bowl”. I’ve decided that browned butter is one of the best smells there is. My hubby thinks I’m crazy as I stand there sniffing then saying this smells soooo good over and over. Now that I know how fab browned butter is, I’ll have to make some of your other b.b. recipes!


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    Kim — September 25, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    Made this the other night and it.was.BOMB. The keys are the brown butter (new favorite ingredient to pasta) and the fresh corn– creates a delicious sweet/buttery combo. Made a great meatless meal for my fiancee who is hard to please. Highly recommend it!!


  41. #
    Krysten @ Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen — September 27, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    Those brown butter flecks…I die.


  42. #
    Dasha — November 30, 2012 @ 5:33 am

    i truthfully love all your poinstg style, very helpful,don’t give up and also keep penning seeing that it just that is worth to follow it,excited to browse through much of your current well written articles, kind regards!


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    Shawnta Guerrero — May 2, 2013 @ 12:46 am

    Anyone who spends quite a few hours glued to chair would know how restless one gets due to backaches and fatigue. If you are some who spends most of waking hours at the desk you must agree to buy a desk chair that cares for your physical health so that you work in peace. It is actually very detrimental for work productivity if one is constantly haunted by pains in various regions of body. Since, a chair is a serves as home for all the people at work, one must try quite a few chairs before making a purchase. A chair does much more than providing a place to sit. Ideally, a chair must take care of the health of the person who sits over it for more than usual hours. Human body is curvilinear so how can a stiff straight chair adjust to its demands at first place? A chair that does not care for the contours of human body is definitely not an appropriate one.”,

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  44. #
    Adrien — July 13, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    Did you cook the corn first? (btw sorry if repeat question)

    Great Blog!


  45. #
    Maggie M — July 14, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    I made this tonight for dinner. It was beyond wonderful, and super great for summer =] Definitely adding it to the dinner rotation.


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    Natalie Norris — July 17, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

    Made this pasta tonight, but added chicken and lots of garlic. I also put in under the broiler for 5 minutes before serving. Delicious! I can’t wait to make it again… or even just the veggie mix.


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    Kim — July 25, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    I made this tonight, and while I didn’t have any onions (I added garlic and basil), it was totally delicious! Will be making it again.


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    Christopher — October 6, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    I’ll tell you, all that bantering about your car and ‘personality type-A’ did a good job of putting me off your recipe for the pasta skillet. That’s a good thing– I won’t get fat (now that I know it exists) lol


  49. #
    Christopher — October 6, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Also, I’m glad you put fresh cheese on for the presentation…


  50. #
    Ashley — December 31, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    I totally read the first few sentences of this post with ear replacing the word car (I’m on my phone and it’s got baking stuff all over the screen) and was very concerned. Haha!



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