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Easy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe With Zucchini & Carrots

Updated on September 15, 2014

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Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce, With Zucchini & Carrots

One of my favorite easy spaghetti sauce recipes is this vegetarian spaghetti sauce, so simple and easy that an unskilled man in the kitchen, as I was when I first tried it, can end up putting a taste-pleasing and unexpected dish on the table.

You can't mess it up (Promise!) and as a bonus, it comes with a story.

Carrot and Zucchini Sauce over pasta, otherwise known in our house as "birthday pasta" may not seem challenging to anyone with experience, but for me, then a true beginner in the kitchen, learning to make it was like riding a bicycle for the first time - without training wheels.

My wife's first birthday away from her family came six months after our move to New York.

Homesickness was complicated by finding our new life more challenging, expensive and less enjoyable than what we'd come to expect as occasional visitors. So, I wanted to do something special.

My cooking skills were limited. On our first date, I'd served my first ever spinach salad, guided by a chef friend. It may not sound like much now, but it was a triumph for a single guy living alone with a diet featuring hot dogs as a regular staple.

I was so green (not a bad color, actually) I had to ask a helpful shopper in the supermarket what zucchini was just to buy the right ingredients.

Lucky for me, my vegetarian pasta sauce recipe worked out perfectly because it was simple, healthy and delicious - as required. Vegetarian Zucchini and Carrot Sauce over pasta has become a favorite.

The perfect, easy end to any day but especially after the tough ones.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce - The Recipe

Carrot and Zucchini Pasta Sauce

So, there I was in the kitchen, my wife due home soon, a little sad about spending her first birthday without her family. What better way to brighten a nice spring day than with a colorful pasta, one so simple even a beginner like me could cook get it right.

This really is easy, and something you can resort to fast in a pinch.

Here's what I pulled out of my shopping bag.

  • 2 medium zucchini shredded
  • 2 carrots (about roughly equal to the volume of the zucchini), shredded
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil8 oz. box of fusilli or any other pasta with lots of surfaces to hold the sauce
  • 8 oz. curly or corkscrew pasta that will hold the sauce
  • Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated (or vegan substitute.)

If you can do all the shredding in a blender, all at once, it'll help make sure they are well blended.

Preheat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the zucchini, carrots and garlic. Be inventive as you like here. I enjoy garlic, but if you don't go with one. If you like the sweet taste of cooked carrots, tip the balance their way. Zucchini is fairly neutral, so use it as you would a base. Play with it. Sauté the mix until it becomes soft. This usually takes about three minute.

Now, cover and let the sauce sit and get acquainted with its flavors while you cook the pasta and open the white wine (from Italy, of course.) As for the pasta, it's unimportant as long as it's twisty or otherwise provides surfaces to hold a non-fluid sauce. A half-pound of fusilli works as should any other pasta of its kind.

Mix the sauce thoroughly into the pasta in a casserole dish. When done, sprinkle a generous amount of grated Pecorino Romano cheese or your favorite vegetarian alternative over the top, then make more available for individual tastes at the table.

This will feed four people without leftovers.

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For Vegetable Lovers' Kitchens

If you're making homemade pasta sauces, there are tools to help you be more creative.

Other links that make eating vegetarian fun and easy. - Let's explore

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Ease and taste make this vegetarian spaghetti sauce an easy treat for you, your friends and family.

What do you think?

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    • David Stone1 profile imageAUTHOR

      David Stone 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @Gypzeerose: For some, it may be, but I do only easy simple sauces. Success depends on great basic ingredients.Thanks.

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      Delicious sounding, and my experience has been that pasta sauce is much easier than it looks. Pinned to my vegetarian board.

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      7 years ago

      Nice and simple...I'm sure it would be yummy as well :)...btw, here's a link to le classic pasta sauce --->

    • David Stone1 profile imageAUTHOR

      David Stone 

      7 years ago from New York City

      @Runnn: Makes this a good place to start, Runnn. When I didn't know what the hell I was doing, it was the easiest thing I could find. I still had to figure out what a zucchini was and what exactly sauté meant, but I got it right the first time. Led me to more complex stuff, and now, I can make almost anything I have time for.Good luck!

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      7 years ago

      Looks good but cooking is a very challenging task for me. Lolz....

    • David Stone1 profile imageAUTHOR

      David Stone 

      7 years ago from New York City

      @anonymous: Enjoy, Max. It is easy and fast. Keep in mind that I made this first before I knew anything about cooking, and it still came out great. A can't miss recipe.

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      7 years ago

      It sounds great, and looks so easy to make! And a great way to use the abundance of zucchini that we're blessed with in this area. We don't even have to plant it--so many people have piles of it in their front yards with signs saying "Take some--PLEASE!"

    • David Stone1 profile imageAUTHOR

      David Stone 

      7 years ago from New York City

      @Diana Wenzel: You know, I've made this a thousand times over the last twenty years. Always great, and I'm sure you'll love it.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Your recipe sounds really delicious. I have some fresh zucchini just waiting for me to do something interesting with them. I plan to give this a go. What a wonderful birthday pasta and story. Thanks!

    • David Stone1 profile imageAUTHOR

      David Stone 

      7 years ago from New York City

      @Monika Weise: Good luck with it. If you check back, let me know how you made out. The combination of carrot and zucchini is just classic mellow, and they play well together.

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      Monika Weise 

      7 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      My daughter and I love zucchini. Can't wait to try this.

    • David Stone1 profile imageAUTHOR

      David Stone 

      7 years ago from New York City

      @jptanabe: Mmmm, boy, zucchini is great at this time of the year. Let me know how it comes out.

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      Super veggie recipe lens, to be featured on Blessed Pets. I agree with your t-shirt "Fur is for petting"

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I just bought some zucchini so this recipe looks like something I'm ready to try!

    • David Stone1 profile imageAUTHOR

      David Stone 

      7 years ago from New York City

      @sukkran trichy: Let me know how it works for you. I love it. Simple and easy, like most of the best foods are.

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      sukkran trichy 

      7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting recipe. sounds very easy to make. book marked and going to try this one.

    • David Stone1 profile imageAUTHOR

      David Stone 

      7 years ago from New York City

      @ChrisDay LM: Thanks, Chris. I enjoy it fairly frequently. Easy to make and delicious. Especially good in mid-summer to late autumn when the produce is freshest and the flavors swell.

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      I liked this lens first time around - in fact I loved it.

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Your veggie pasta sauce sounds very tasty. I enjoyed the story of your adventure in making it, too. Yum!

    • David Stone1 profile imageAUTHOR

      David Stone 

      8 years ago from New York City

      @hlkljgk: Thank you. As I learn the community a little bit, i appreciate your support and I have added links for some of your lens on mine. The dynamism is impressive.

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      8 years ago from Western Mass

      sounds like a simple and delicious meal. i so love moosewood cookbooks. v:)


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