This recipe ticks all the boxes for this stage of my life: nutritious, easy, filling. Back in the day, I might have preferred to make the tomato sauce from scratch and use a wider variety of vegetables, but these days, when there are two kids wanting attention, I’m all about shortcuts that don’t affect the end result. At the end of the day, this recipe contains three different vegetables…that’s more than enough for dinner! It contains carbs, fats and protein. It’s a great, crowd-pleasing almost-one-pot-meal (does the pot used for boiling the pasta count?). Thanks to my friend Anna (@easyanimalfree) for introducing me to this type of spaghetti recipe a few years back!
For the plant-based sausage, my favourite, most authentic option on the market are those by Beyond Meat. They are fatty, rich and flavourful. If you’re cooking for a vegan skeptic, definitely choose these! They’re available in the freezer section of many grocery stores (like Choices, Urban Fare, Stong’s). I also like the Apple Sage Sausages by Field Roast and the Spinach Pesto Sausages from Tofurkey.
Lastly, this recipe contains two jars of marinara sauce. This makes up for a big portion of the recipe! That means that the deliciousness of the recipe kind of depends on the sauce. Our favourite is Mezzetta (any of the vegan options), but Rao (quite a bit more expensive) is also really tasty (not at all sponsored, by the way).
This recipe is extremely versatile. You really can’t go wrong! And don’t feel like you have to stick too closely to the recipe. Every time I make this dish I do it a bit differently. Make it your own. Mix up the veg. Mix up the garnish. Add olives. Hope you enjoy and that it becomes a part of your regular cooking repertoire.