Spicy Vegetable Marinara

My roommate Erin and I were both in the mood for vegetable marinara so we whipped up this dish. I love making my own marinara and this recipe is extra healthy since it is loaded with veggies.

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{This is a great “cleaning out the fridge” recipe because you can basically throw in any vegetables that you have lying around the kitchen. We used squash, zucchini, bell pepper, carrots, and fresh tomato}


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{Start by chopping the veggies}

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{Heat the pan and roast a tablespoon of garlic in olive oil at a medium heat (about 5 minutes, or until brown and fragrant). Throw in the rest of the veggies and cook until tender}

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{We added the squash and zucchini last since it cooks quickly. Erin’s Secret Tip: Place the new ingredients in the middle of the pan, in the center of the heat}

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{Add a large can of tomatoes, the chopped, fresh tomatoes, and spices, then let the sauce simmer}

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{Toss with pasta. We used multigrain spaghetti. Finally, add a finishing touch. I sprinkled some feta cheese and red pepper flakes on mine. Erin does not appreciate red pepper flakes as much as I do, so she opted for just cheese}

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Serves 4


1 yellow squash and 1 zucchini, chopped in crescent moon shapes

1 bell pepper, chopped

1/2 onion, diced

3/4 cup carrot, chopped

2 tomatoes

1 large can diced tomatoes

1 tbsp. garlic, diced

1/4 cup white wine (optional)

1 tsp. oregano

2 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

salt/pepper to taste

1/4 cup feta cheese

1 package multigrain spaghetti, cooked according to package

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total cook time: about 30 minutes

Directions: Heat oil in a large pan. Sauté garlic on a medium heat until brown (about 3-5 minutes). Add onion, carrots, and bell pepper. Sauté until tender. Add squash and zucchini (in the center of the pan). Cook vegetables for 3 additional minutes. Add fresh and canned tomatoes and spices. For additional flavor add 1/4 cup of white wine (we used Riesling for a sweeter flavor). Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Toss with pasta and serve with cheese (and red pepper flakes if desired).

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