I’ve mentioned before that my family and I have committed to eating the majority of our meals meatless. It’s started with water. When my oldest son and I found out how much water it takes to get a single portion of beef to the table, we were astounded. That pretty much crosses the board with meats and animal products in general. We’ve given up traditional farming for the cheaper factory farm style which requires more water, antibiotics, hormones and a myriad of other “things” that I’d rather not eat. Thusly came our family decision to only eat responsibly sourced meat and to eat less of it. Meat from viable and responsible sources is more expensive, we’ve been able to offset that cost by lessening our frequency and instead eating meals like this one. My “Whole Garden Spaghetti” is not lacking anything. It’s completely satisfying even with the absence of meat. Hearty and delicious, your family won’t bat an eye!
You will need the following:
- 1 box spaghetti or any other pasta you choose. Bucatini, penne, farfalle etc.
- 2 16oz cans crushed or diced tomatoes. I LOVE the San Marzano brand. It’s got a really fresh taste.
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, diced (red or yellow, whatever you’ve got)
- 1 small can whole olives
- 1 bell pepper, any color
- 6-10 button mushrooms, sliced
- 3 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced
- 2 tbsp fresh or 1 tbsp dried oregano or Italian seasoning.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook according to package instructions.
- Saute onion and bell pepper in a bit of oil until it’s fragrant and the onion begins to look transparent. Add garlic and saute a minute more.
- Throw in the mushrooms and cook until they release their water.
- Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer covered for 15 minutes.
- Drain pasta and toss with the sauce. Serve immediately.
I can’t think of a more satisfying way to consume all of these veggies at once! If you dislike something, leave it out. Also, try different additions… Cauliflower, shredded carrots, scallions… sky’s the limit! Swearing Mom out.