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Hearty Garden Spaghetti

My husband and I wanted a pleasing dish that didn’t leave a ton of leftovers. My spaghetti with beef and fresh veggies is perfectly filling for four. —Wanda Quist, Loveland, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces uncooked multigrain spaghetti
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  • In a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, cook beef, onion and red pepper over medium-high heat 5-7 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain.
  • Add zucchini and mushrooms; cook 3-5 minutes longer or until tender. Stir in tomato sauce and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  • Serve spaghetti with sauce and, if desired, cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups sauce with 1 cup spaghetti: 432 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 649mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 36g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 2 vegetable.

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  • greatwithoutgluten
    Oct 8, 2017

    Great flavor and easy!

  • annrms
    Jun 30, 2016

    Delicious!!! I, too, added some garlic. I chopped the veggies in the food processor. I had some leftover sauce and used it to top a meat pie!!!

  • NH-rescue
    Jun 13, 2016

    We get tired of the same old spaghetti with meat sauce, so this recipe was a great find. We added garlic (a personal favorite) and used a can of pizza sauce (15 oz.)for a thick, rich sauce.

  • curlylis85
    May 1, 2016

    I love all of the veggies in here! I'd like a little more flavor, but it was very, very good with some leftover fresh basil I had in the fridge.

  • Sunshine1984
    Apr 21, 2016

    Love this spaghetti recipe! Gets my kids eating their veggies, and economical because it stretches one pound of ground beef so much farther. I added a summer squash, and also replaced the tomato sauce with a jar of Ragu. Delicious!

  • adela_cooper
    Mar 11, 2016

    Is there a misprint in the directions? Should that be a larger size can of tomato sauce? I followed the directions explicitly, but it was far too dry. I'll try this recipe again but the next time I'll add more tomato sauce. The recipe is tasty and easy to make. Perhaps on the encore it will rate more stars.