This simple meal is perfect for summer days when vegetables are in abundance. Plus your family will love this simple Vegetable Pasta since they probably won’t mind their veggies when they are in noodle form!
Simple Vegetable Pasta
This summer we dealt with an over-abundance of squash and zucchini and for the first time in my life I was actually still picking zucchini through the end of October. Luckily our family loves zucchini in just about any recipe or form so we enjoyed every moment of the garden until we finally had our first freeze.
This simple dish was one of our favorites that we enjoyed this summer and I’m sharing it now so you can tuck it away until next year or you can make it with your zucchini if you enjoy a garden in a different season than our family does up here in the north. We love making zucchini noodles, however I never found them to be hearty enough for our hungry family on their own so I make it work by tossing it with gluten-free noodles and a jar of heary spaghetti sauce!
Simple Vegetable Pasta
What You Need:
- 1 large Zucchini
- 8 ounces uncooked Spaghetti Noodles (I used gluten free)
- 1 jar Pasta Sauce
- Other vegetables as desired (you could also make pasta with yellow squash, carrots, or similar vegetables)
You will need some kind of spiralizer or something to make “noodles” out of your vegetables for this recipe. I personally have a large Spiralizer because I can use it with the big zucchini in the summer. I’ve tried the smaller hand held kind and they didn’t work very well for that, although they do work good for smaller produce like carrots. Start by creating noodles out of your veggies.
Start the water for your pasta and add the pasta. Cook until it is al dente. Drain.
At the same time, cook your veggies for your pasta. I like to do this by placing an inch of water in the bottom of a pan and adding in the vegetable noodles. Place the lid on the saucepan and steam for a few minutes until the noodles are softened but not soggy. With zucchini I cook them just until they’ve reached a nice shade of bright green (about 3 minutes). Remove from the stove and drain.
Heat up your jar pasta sauce on the stovetop. You can use store bought if you have some of use home canned for the best flavor.
Toss your veggies noodles with your regular noodles.
Mix the noodle mixture with the pasta sauce. Serve warm and enjoy!
You could sprinkle a bit of cheese on the top of your plate. You could also make this dish more hearty by adding a little bit of browned hamburger or sausage to the sauce when you are heating it on the stove. Yum!