Quick & Easy Veggie Spaghetti Recipe

This quick and easy veggie spaghetti recipe is my “healthy” version of spaghetti night. Whole wheat spaghetti, kale, and Roma tomatoes seasoned with olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, and red pepper flakes and topped with parmesan cheese. If you weren’t already, this pasta dish will turn you into a kale lover! YES…it is that good!

Quick & Easy Veggie Spaghetti Recipe

Who, besides me, is a pasta LOVER? I know that I am not the only one who searches the internet and tries new pasta recipes like my life depends on it. After a long winter of making way too many comfort foods, I decided to lighten up my spaghetti night.

One hot May afternoon I decided to make a new recipe. I wanted pasta but I wanted it to be light and have some nutritional value. So I went into my kitchen and gathered ingredients that I thought would taste perfect together.

I started with the spaghetti, if I don’t have spaghetti squash on hand then I prefer to use whole wheat spaghetti. I used a nickel sized amount dry which makes around 1  cup of cooked spaghetti. (This was only being made for one. So double, triple, or quadruple depending on how many mouths you are feeding.)

While my spaghetti is cooking, I diced  2 Roma tomatoes and chopped 2 cups of kale. Then I drained my spaghetti, threw it back into the pan, drizzled it with around 2 tablespoons of olive oil and added my tomatoes and kale.

Here comes my favorite part, the seasonings. I always have way too many dried seasoning in my pantry. What can I say I love to switch up my food flavor profiles.

Any whoo…

I love Simply Organics Italian Seasoning or if you have a Hy-vee near you, their That’s Smart! Italian Seasoning is pretty AMAZING! I add around 2 tablespoons of whichever one I have on hand. Then I add a little garlic powder, around a 1/4 teaspoon. Yes, I should use fresh but I have become accustomed to having dried garlic in my home.  Throw in a pinch of salt, around a 1/4 teaspoon. Now here’s the thing with this next ingredient, if you like heat like me add it in, if not forget it. I am talking red pepper flakes and I LOVE to add them for a little kick. All you need is a pinch.

With your stove on medium heat, stir the pasts dish until you cook the kale and tomatoes to your liking. I don’t love mushy tomatoes or kale so I just cook to make sure everything is hot and nicely seasoned.

After cooking everything to your liking,  add even more flavor by topping it off with a little parmesan cheese. But most importantly ENJOY the easy and tasty dish that you just created.

Thank you to everyone who helped me name this dish! I loved hearing all of your ideas.

Quick & Easy Veggie Spaghetti Recipe

Yield: 1 Serving

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked Spaghetti or around a nickel sized dry
  • 2 cups kale
  • 2 Roma Tomatos
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • **Any of these seasonings can be lessoned or added to. Season to you taste **
  • Optional- Chicken

Instructions

  1. If your spaghetti is not cooked, cook according to the package instructions. I prefer al dente pasta but you should cook it to your liking.
  2. While you pasta is cooking dice your tomatoes and chop up your kale.
  3. Drain your pasta and place it back into the pan. Add your tomatoes and kale.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle in your seasonings.
  5. With your stove on medium heat, stir the pasts dish until you cook the kale and tomatoes to your liking. I don't love mushy tomatoes or kale so I just cook to make sure everything is hot and nicely seasoned.
  6. After cooking everything to your liking, add even more flavor by topping it off with a little parmesan cheese. But most importantly ENJOY the easy and tasty dish that you just created.
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This quick and easy veggie spaghetti recipe is my "healthy" version of spaghetti night. Whole wheat spaghetti, kale, and Roma tomatoes seasoned with olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, and red pepper flakes and topped with parmesan cheese. If you weren't already, this pasta dish will turn you into a kale lover! YES...it is that good!

102 Comments

  1. This looks so colorful and delicious!! I’m not sure why I never add veggies to pasta, but I am definitely going to start!

  2. I ACTUALLY LOOOOOVE PASTA AND RECENTLY I BEEN TRYING TO CHANGE MY EATING HABITS INTO HEALTHY EATING HABITS. I’M GOING TO TRY THIS.

  3. I’m definitely a pasta lover but healthier pasta alternatives have definitely come a long way and they are just as tasty. This looks great!

  4. This looks so delicious and easy to make!! I’m not sure why I don’t add veggies to pasta, but I will try it now!

  5. Yum, yum, YUM!!!! I’m 100% pinning this! Ps – I love that you asked your IG followers for help with naming the recipe!

    – Kaitlin
    kedgotwed.com

  6. Now with the Farmers’ Market back in season, I can grab all the fresh fruits and veggies to make something like this! Thanks for the awesome recipe 🙂

  7. This looks and sounds so yummy! I am definitely a pasta lover, I’ll be pinning this to make soon!
    Lianne | Makes, Bakes and Decor

  8. I’m a pasta lover! Hubby and I love experimenting when cooking, thank you for sharing your recipe!

    Pammy -joyfulsource.com

  9. I’m a pasta lover! Hubby and I love experimenting when cooking, thank you for sharing your recipe!

    Pammy -joyfulsource.com

  10. I love pasta! I am going to pin this right now as it looks amazing! Great photos too, they really make you think, “wow I want that right now!”

  11. Yep, definitely a pasta lover, and spaghetti in particular. I love this recipe, partly because I eat mostly vegetarian meals, and partly because it has all the flavours in it that I love!

    Enjoy the journey!

  12. I love all of the textures in this dish! It looks yummy. I’m always looking for something new to try cooking, so I love when I can get a new recipe in my hands!

  13. Alexandra

    We lived in Dubuque for 8 years and I miss HY-VEE! It’s all Kroger in Louisville. Anyway, this looks delicious and I pinned it before I got writing this comment and forgot. ?

  14. This looks super yum and I can totally veganise it using vegan parmesan! I’ve been wanting to summer-up my pasta dishes (as I am also a fellow pasta lover!) so this is the perfect dish… Thank you ?

  15. I saw this on pinterest the other day, I love pasta recipes and man does it look good. I’m going to make it this week for dinner 😀

  16. Such a perfect switch up to the more traditional spaghetti recipe I would make in the colder months. As the weather starts to warm up I’m always looking for lighter options when it comes to pasta. This would definitely go well with the spaghetti squash you mentioned, or now I’m even thinking about zucchini noodles. Yum! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  17. Jen

    You had me at quick and easy! I love a colorful plate and this is definitely a dish I’ll look forward to making for the family!

  18. Hannah

    This may sound so dumb, but I’ve never added veggies to pasta! But now I’m thinking I totally should because it looks delicious. It’s definitely a way to make it a bit more exciting because for me a bowl of only pasta feels a little lacking. Love this!

  19. Quick and easy=love it! Working full-time, trying to do everything else in life while maintaining my blog is next to impossible. I love a dishes packed with veggies. I will for sure be adding this to my meal plan!

  20. Quick and easy meals are the BEST! I know what you mean about trying to find time to maintain your blog. It is a full time job witching its self
    Thanks for checking out my blog.
    Jenn

  21. That you! I hope that you enjoy it! And this dish can easily become vegan. I think I need to try vegan parmesan. I am trying to cut back on dairy.
    Jenn

  22. This recipe contains some of my favorite ingredients – kale, tomatoes, and pasta! I pretty much exclusively cook quick & easy recipes during the week, so this will be a great recipe to try out one day this week. I LOVE adding red pepper flakes as well, I add a pinch to so many things to kick it up a notch. High five for this winner!!

  23. I LOVE pasta! I’ve been searching for a healthier alternative and this seems like it would be awesome. My husband is so anti healthy eating that its pitiful but I think he would actually enjoy this. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Sounds SO good! I love pasta and I also love veggies! Especially kale. One of those people I guess – I just freaking love it in everything! Will definitely be trying this soon!

  25. I am Italian so that means I LOVE to eat and I LOVE pasta. This looks absolutely delicious. Great photos and looks like a pretty simple recipe. I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks!

  26. Emma

    This looks delicious. I’m all for easy weeknight meals and this is a great one that the whole family will love.

  27. I try not to eat much pasta or carbs. But, I love that this recipes sneaks in so many veggies. This is perfect for summer when everything is fresh from the garden.

  28. This looks phenomenal! I’ve been looking for new ways to include veggies into our meals that are fun and kid friendly. My little one is a bit picky. Looking forward to giving this a try!

  29. this looks delish!
    my family and i try and incorporate “meatless mondays” or just a meatless meal once a week for reduce our carbon footprint and to be a little healthier. totally adding this in the mix!

  30. Wow, I never thought of putting kale with pasta! With the tomatoes it sounds so tasty! Thank you for sharing I am definitely going to try this out soon!

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