Vegan Spaghetti

Spaghetti was a comfort food while I was growing up.  Saturday night was always Spaghetti dinner night!!  My dad was a big tomato fan and loved tomato based dishes — and I inherited his love of tomatoes!

When I became a Gluten Free Vegan, I began experimenting with different ways to make one of my favorite dishes.  Much to my surprise, I found all kinds of way to make Vegan Spaghetti — most of my recipes taste better to me than my childhood memories!!

So here is my favorite Vegan Spaghetti Recipe:

Vegan Spaghetti Recipe

1 – 28 to 32 oz. jar of your favorite Marina sauce
1 – 16 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1 to 1 1/2 cups finely chopped mushrooms
1/2 to full can of finely chopped black olives
1/2 cup finely chopped zucchini
1/2 cup chopped spinach or swiss chard
Onion and/or garlic, chopped finely, to taste
Oregano and/or Italian seasoning

Quinoa or rice spaghetti noodles, cooked

Directions

Add the Marina and tomatoes in large fry pan and cook on medium.  Add mushrooms, olives, zucchini, onions and/or garlic and seasoning.  Once the mixture starts to bubble, turn down to low and simmer for 20 minutes.  Add the spinach or swiss chard and cook and additional 10 minutes.  Serve over noodles.

The recipe is not exact.  We often add more mushrooms, depending on how many we have at the time.  Sometimes we leave out the zucchini.  I have occasionally added finely chopped celery.  And I use my food processor to chopped the veggies — just to make it quicker and easier!

If you more adventurous, here is another Vegan Spaghetti recipe using the zucchini as the noodles!!

Vegan Zucchini Spaghetti

Picture donated by Karen Borga

 

Use the same sauce listed above only omit the zucchini and the cooked noodles.

While you sauce is cooking, take one large or two small zucchini and spiralize them for your noddles.  If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can always shred them using a box grater or a madolin — but it is not as cool as spiralizing them!!

Spoon the sauce over the zucchini noodles and serve.  Or if you want them warm, toss them with the sauce.  No need to cook separately!

If you are interesting is buying a Spiralizer, check out the two recommended ones below.  Personally, we have one of each style and love using them!

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