Fresh and Easy Veggie Spaghetti

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Quick and easy veggie spaghetti that tastes so good you don’t even realize it’s packed with nutritious veggies. This vegan pasta recipe contains over 1 ½ pounds of veggies. This spaghetti is so good you could eat it every day. Switch to the spaghetti recipe with fresh vegetables


How to make the best vegetable spaghetti

Consider this a versatile vegetarian pasta recipe that works great with a variety of veggies, so you can use whatever you have in the fridge. I like to think it’s a great way to use up leftover veggies in the vegetable drawer.


You can even substitute other pasta shapes and types for spaghetti. Whole grain and even gluten-free pasta work wonders.

To me preferThe special thing about this vegetarian pasta is that it is 100% homemade. so you know every ingredient that goes into the pan.

If you’re looking for a low carb pasta recipe, try ours Guilt-free zucchini noodles. Replace the noodles with zucchini noodles. Check out how we do it with a spiralizer, or check out our tips on using a mandoline or vegetable peeler if you don’t have one.

What you need to make vegetable spaghetti

Let’s go through the ingredients really quickly:

pasta – Any type of pasta will do, and you can switch to your preferred gluten-free or whole wheat pasta if you wish.

vegetables – The type of veggies is up to you, but we like zucchini, yellow squash, roasted peppers, leafy greens, peas, corn, and cabbage. The possibilities are endless here.

Onion, garlic and tomato paste — These provide a base flavor for the simple sauce.

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whole canned tomatoes — You can use diced or mashed tomatoes, but we love the texture of whole tomatoes for this recipe. Once they’re in the pot, we’ll mash them up a bit with a spoon so they dissolve in a thick sauce. You can also use freshly blanched and peeled tomatoes.

herbs and spices — When we have it in the kitchen, we add fresh basil. Other herbs work as well (parsley and mint add a different flavor, but they’re great). Dried herbs like oregano and crushed red pepper flakes also make the sauce delicious.

mushroom powder – Okay, this is optional now, but for the best and most delicious vegetarian pasta, we recommend using mushroom powder. It adds a rich umami flavor to the sauce and is our secret weapon when preparing meatless recipes. We have already used it in our recipes (see our sauce recipe). You can make it yourself (here’s how) or buy it. Trader Joe’s has even started selling its own version. We have provided some alternatives in the Notes section below.

This veggie-laden pasta is easy to make and better yet, it’s quick!


Making vegan pasta from scratch

Here are the basic steps you need to follow (full recipe below):

  1. Sauté the chopped onions in olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic, spices and tomato paste.
  3. Add the vegetables and cook until tender.
  4. Add the canned whole tomatoes and break them up a little with a spoon. You want the sauce to be thick.
  5. Season, then simmer the sauce until slightly reduced, 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. While the sauce is simmering, cook the noodles.
  7. Top up the pasta with the sauce and serve.

I love serving spaghetti with a generous amount of Parmesan cheese, but if you’re vegan try sprinkling some nutritional yeast on top.


More vegetarian recipes

If you like this easy vegetable noodle recipe, You should check out some of our other heavy veg recipes:

  Easy 20 Minute Oven Baked Trout

Our Fresh and Easy Vegetable Lasagna is one of our most popular recipes!

Our meatless baked noodles will appeal to vegetarians and meat lovers alike.

Taking just 15 minutes to set, our Easy Baked Ziti with spinach, artichokes and a layer of creamy pesto is perfect for busy weeknights.

We love veggies here and decided to create the ultimate veggie veggie burger! These delicious veggie burgers are high in fiber (5 grams) and just over 200 calories per burger.

Another healthy dinner recipe, these easy roasted veg tacos are packed with spiced roasted veggies and black beans for a little protein.

We love this creamy and flavorful Vegetable Coconut Ginger Curry.

For a meat-based spaghetti recipe, try our Easy Weeknight Spaghetti with Meat Sauce.

Fresh and easy vegetable spaghetti

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Quick and easy veggie spaghetti completely remade with lots of veggies and a simple tomato sauce. For vegan spaghetti, leave out the cheese and serve with some nutritional yeast spread. The sauce can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Makes 4-6 servings (about 6 cups of sauce)

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will need

12 ounces of spaghetti or pasta of your choice

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup (140 grams) chopped onion

2 medium zucchini, chopped (1/2 pound)

2 medium yellow squash, chopped (1/2 pound)

3 garlic cloves, chopped (1 tablespoon)

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes

1 jar (12 ounces) roasted red peppers, drained and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1 heaping cup)

2-3 teaspoons mushroom powder, optional, see notes

5 cups (1/2 pound) spinach leaves

A handful of fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast for serving


  • make sauce
  • Heat olive oil in a large rimmed skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent; 3 to 5 minutes.

    Add the zucchini, yellow squash, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and a generous pinch of salt, then cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but still crispy. 5 to 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook for another minute. (We typically use between 1 and 1 1/2 teaspoons of fine sea salt when making this sauce.)

    Add roasted peppers, tomatoes and mushroom powder. Bring to a simmer and cook until liquid has thickened and reduced by half; About 10 minutes. While the sauce is cooking, use a spoon to break up the whole tomatoes into small pieces to create a thick sauce.

Advice from Adam and Joanne

  • Mushroom Powder: You can buy it online or make it yourself, here is our mushroom powder recipe!
  • Alternatives to Mushroom Powder: Mushroom powder adds a rich umami flavor to the sauce. If you don’t have any and your pasta sauce needs a little more, try adding some soy sauce. If you’re up for it, fish sauce is also a great flavor enhancer. You can also chop the mushrooms and add them to the pan with the onions.
  • Nutritional Information: The nutritional information below is an estimate. We use the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutritional value per serving: Part 1/6 of the recipe (2 ounces of pasta) / calories 372 / total fat 11.4g / Saturated Fatty Acids 1.6g / cholesterol 0 mg / sodium 798.2mg / carbohydrates 56.9g / fiber 8.9g / total sugar 7g / protein 14.5g

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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