Spiced Veggie Spaghetti

  • Prep: 20 minutes
  • Vegetarian friendly! - Vegan friendly if you don't add the parmesan topping

Pasta is always my go-to option when I have a very active afternoon ahead and I have no time to cook lunch.
Contrary to popular belief, pasta is a great product to use as a base of a meal, especially for lunch. As it is a carb, it's gives you healthy sugar that will power up your body. The bad thing of carbs is that they metabolise quickly, so that an hour after eating your pasta dish you'll feel hungry again. That's why I always try to buy myself whole meal pasta. Maybe you're not aware of this range but  you can find the whole meal alternative in any supermarket. Your stomach will find it more difficult to digest this kind of pasta and, as a matter fact, you'll feel sate longer.

I try to combine the pasta with homemade sauces because the pot ones have lots of refined sugars and other unhealthy substances in order to preserve them longer. It's not so difficult to cook the sauce on your own: whereas the pasta is in the boiling pot, you can cook it concurrently.

Today I'll explain you how I combine pasta with an assortment of veggies that you can find in the supermarket in any month of the year. You can either cook this in winter and eat it hot, or cook it in summer and eat it lukewarm as a pasta salad.

For 2 servings you'll need:
- 160 gr. of whole meal spaghetti
- 1 leek
- 2 carrots
- 1 tomato
- Chilli pepper
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt
- Pepper
- Paprika
- Laminated parmesan cheese (animal-free rennet)

This is how it turns out! Today I had an spaghetti craving but of course you can use any type of pasta for this recipe
Fill a medium pot with water and add 2 pinches of salt, and put it on the stove into high heat. Don't throw the pasta into the pot until it's boiling in order to make it be perfectly cooked. I think veggies demand the pasta to be al dente - which means it's not chewy. Make sure you don't overcook the pasta: read the instructions of the back side of your packaging - usually it takes 15 minutes approximately.
In the meantime, chop the tomato and the leek, and grate the carrots and the chilli. Take a medium pan and put it on the stove on medium hit. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and wait until it's hot, and then pour in all the veggies. Keep stirring so that they don't stick to the pan. Now you can add a pinch of salt, paprika and pepper - and many other spices to suit your taste! Once all the veggies are soft and cooked, turn off the stove and let the sauce chill on the pan.
By that time your pasta should be cooked. Strain the spaghettis and toss them into the pan. Then mix the pasta and the veggies together and serve them!!! If you find it difficult to mix them,  add more olive oil (little by little! If you get too excited you'll end up eating an oil soup!!!).
Now you can sprinkle a bit of parmesan cheese on top. I used laminated parmesan because it's the one I have in the fridge right now hehe nothing fancy. You can add grated parmesan or other kind of cheeses. In this recipe I would recommend you to add dry cheeses rather than soft ones (such as mozzarella or cheddar). Again, because of the combo veggie + non chewy products.

Hope you give it a try!



NĂ©stor Quesada PingarrĂ³n said...

I know someone who has changed their eating habits in order to share his food *bling bling*

Mellie Michelle said...

This looks really good! I'm not a fan of leeks so I'll probably Opt that out for myself. But pasta is sooo good! It's so quick & easy to make. Especially when working long hours. You don't wanna whip up a 4 course meal lol! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I'll be sure to create it :)

– Mellie Michelle
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Patricia Algernon said...

That looks really good! Yum. My mouth is watering ALREADY! And my stomach is growling just by looking at the pic of the pasta! And I ate breakfast!

Jennifer Schmidt said...

I am always looking for new pasta recipes! This looks amazing!

Amanda Rose said...

This looks so yummy! I normally would never try a totally veggie dish but this does sound very filling. Thanks for sharing the recipe will let you know how my cooking goes lol

Jeanette said...

It looks so tasty. Thanks for this recipe :)

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