Recipe: Easy Pasta with Veggies and Meat Sauce

We may earn a commission on purchases made after clicking links on this page.

Pin It by Robin

Two years ago, if someone told me that I would be sharing my recipes on the web I would have scoffed, "Yeah.  Right.".  You see, I am a Registered Dietitian and cooking is a big part of the teaching I do.  This includes cooking demos, which I found ironic, to say the least.  You see, I would not have described myself as a "Cook".  Never would I have said I was a "Good Cook".  But a conversation shifted my confidence in my cooking.  And this extremely simple recipe cemented my attitude.

My cherished co-worker, Jane and I were getting ready for a group program we worked on together.  For the most part, Jane did all the recipe planning and cooking demonstrations.  I did most of the teaching and a mess of other stuff, but avoided the cooking like the plague (well, avoiding it like plaque might be a better analogy).  As I helped her chop some carrots to get ready we chatted about what we'd demo the next week.  I wasn't teaching the health component that week, we had a guest speaker planned, so I admitted that I should probably do the demo and give her a break.  Here's a transcript:

Me: "I really should do next weeks cooking demo, but...I am just not a great cook.  I have a few things that I make, but everything I do is so slap-dash." (yeah - I really use phrases like that)

Jane: "What do you mean?"

Me: "Well, all my recipes are ones I make really quickly.  I usually only have the time or patience to spend about 15 minutes cooking.  I use a few (carefully chosen) convenience items to save time.  Yeah, I use mostly healthy ingredients, but my cooking is really simple.  Usually it's only about 4 or 5 ingredients tops.  And I try to keep our spending low, so my recipes are really cheap."

Jane: stopping chopping and looking at me sideways, her tone was not condescending (but it could have been; I was being daft.) "Robin...that's exactly the kind of recipe people want and need to know."

Robin: "Really?" (duh)

So this is the recipe I demo'd the next week.  Jane said she was going to make it at home which pleased me to no end, because she really is a Good Cook.  I have gained a lot more confidence in my cooking since this epiphany and since then I've been experimenting and creating new recipes of my own, as you may have noticed on this here blog.   Here you'll find recipes that are:
  • simple
  • quick
  • use some carefully chosen convenience foods
  • healthy and
  • tasty.   

I firmly believe that your cooking doesn't have to be fancy or completely from scratch to be tasty and nutritious.

Easy Pasta with Veggies and Meat Sauce
Serves 6

approx 1lb     LGB Helper  (see our previous post)
1 pkg (375g) Whole wheat rotini pasta (or any other shape your family likes)
1/2 can          Pasta Sauce (the lower the sodium the better)
1/2 package  Arctic Gardens Spaghetti Vegetable Mix (frozen)
Sprinkle        Parmesan cheese, grated

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Boil pasta according to package directions (usually about 10 minutes).
  3. Add LGB Helper to another pot. 
  4. Add frozen vegetable mix and pasta sauce.  Warm over medium heat.  Stir well.
  5. When noodles are cooked, mix with sauce.
  6. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Enjoy!

 Click here for the free Printable/Tablet Friendly recipe:

This recipe is one of the meals on our Meal Plan Master List.  Check it out here.

I am always on the lookout for simple, healthy, tasty recipes.  What are yours?  Please leave a comment below.


  1. I remember this conversation well. Ever since, this product has been on hand and recipe in my head. Before working full time, I made my own pasta sauce (plant tomato plants, pick tomatoes...)and then reality hit me square in the head. Enter, Robin's pasta sauce. Not only easy and tasty, it relieved my guilt (remember I am a Dietitian too). Lots of nutrition in no time. An epiphany Robin brought on for me.

    1. My goal with sharing this ultra simple recipe was to show that it doesn't have to be complex to be healthy. Your comment hits that point outta the park. Thanks, Jane! :) Robin


We love hearing from you! If you have a moment, leaving a comment would make our day.

© Frugal Family Times. Design by FCD.