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Vegetarian Spaghetti with Wine Sauce (30 Minutes)

Seasonal vegetables get front-row attention in this vegetarian spaghetti with wine sauce. A versatile, vegetarian weeknight meal in 30 minutes with grilled or roasted veggies that you can make ahead.

If you’re looking for a meatless meal, this is a good one to try. It’s rich and substantial and totally flexible to what you have on hand.

spaghetti with grilled veggies in wine sauce in skillet.

It’s best to use vegetables that grill or roast well together at the same time. Red onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, asparagus, and eggplant are my favorites.

My preference is to grill the veggies in a grill basket. It’s quicker than roasting. If you don’t have a grill basket, you can cut your vegetables into larger pieces, grill them and chop them up after. Roasting the veggies is fine too. Especially in the colder seasons. Instructions for both methods are in the recipe.

I use a quick and easy white wine sauce from Epicurious in this vegetable pasta dish.  The butter and Parmesan make it pretty rich, but you can cut those down if you like or eliminate the Parmesan in the dish and let people add their own.

Ingredients – tailored to your taste

wine, spaghetti, chopped veggies, butter, parmesan, parsley, garlic, oil, salt and pepper, thyme.

Spaghetti: Use any type of spaghetti such as spaghettini, capellini, standard spaghetti, gluten-free spaghetti, or vegetable spaghetti.

  • Other pasta options: Instead of spaghetti, try a short pasta like fusilli, penne or any kind of pasta you have on hand.

Vegetables: Use the veggies you like as long as they will cook at more or less the same time. Onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, asparagus and eggplant are good choices. Different colored peppers and a green vegetable add gorgeous color.

  • Optional protein add-ins: Top the pasta with shrimp, chicken or tofu.

Sauce: The sauce includes dry white wine, butter, parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast), and seasonings. You can also add a little fresh lemon juice to brighten up the flavors.

  • Wine and substitutes: Any dry white wine will work – good options for a pasta white wine sauce are Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or a Chardonnay. You can also skip the wine and use vegetable broth or stock instead. For a non-vegetarian option, use a little chicken stock or broth.
  • Vegan version: Use vegan butter instead of regular butter.
  • Lower calorie version: To cut calories, reduce the butter and Parmesan cheese.

Garnish options: Rinsed capers, chopped green onions, chopped chives or other fresh herbs such as fresh basil, thyme, parsley, cilantro and fresh oregano.

Step-by-step instructions

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Chop and place vegetables in a grill basket. Drizzle with a little bit of oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly.
grilled diced veggies in grill basket.
Grill veggies until they are slightly charred and tender. 
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In a large pot of water, boil pasta until al dente, drain and reserve a bit of pasta water to thin the sauce to the consistency you like.
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 Make the sauce in a large skillet or saucepan while the pasta cooks.
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 Add veggies to the cooked pasta noodles and toss.

Sauce Tip

If using Parmesan in the wine sauce, you will need to add some additional liquid to thin it out. Reserving 1/2 cup/118 ml of pasta water is a good option. If you forget to reserve it, just add extra water or broth.

Shortcut

  • Instead of chopping the veggies, buy pre-chopped veggies from the grocery store.
  • You can chop the vegetables in day before and store them in a freezer bag in the fridge.

Make Ahead

Here are some make-ahead options. Option 1 and/or option 2 are best (but leftovers from the fridge are good too!)

  1. Feel free to prepare the grilled vegetables ahead of time (like earlier in the day) and warm them for a minute in the microwave before adding them to the final dish.
  2. You can also make the white wine sauce recipe ahead not including the Parmesan (if using). Reheat to a boil, turn off the heat, then add Parmesan, parsley and grilled veggies. If you can, make the pasta right before serving.
  3. Alternatively, make the complete pasta dish and warm it on the stove over medium heat or in the microwave before serving with additional water or broth to get the consistency you like.

Recipe FAQs

How long does this dish last in the fridge?

The vegetable pasta recipe will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 days.

Is the alcohol cooked off completely during the sauce preparation?

While simmering the wine will cook off a significant amount of alcohol, it may not be completely eliminated. The longer it simmers the more the alcohol cooks off.

What to serve with vegetarian pasta

If using this pasta as a side dish, try serving it with baked butterflied shrimp, cedar plank chicken, marinated grilled chicken or roasted salmon stuffed with herbs.

As a main dish, I like it with warm crusty bread, a simple citrus salad or a cold soup starter (in summer) like sweet corn soup with herbs and buttermilk.

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Vegetarian Spaghetti with Wine Sauce (30 Minutes)

Seasonal vegetables get front-row attention in this vegetarian spaghetti with wine sauce. A versatile, vegetarian weeknight meal in 30 minutes with grilled or roasted veggies that you can make ahead.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • Grill basket is great but not essential

Ingredients

Vegetables

  • 6 cups vegetables,, diced into 1/2 inch/1.3 cm pieces Note 1
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and black pepper

Pasta

  • 6 ounces dry spaghetti, Note 1

Wine Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon garlic, minced about 2 small garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (medium spicy) optional
  • 1/2 cup white wine e.g. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay
  • 3 tablespoon butter (or vegan butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt start with less if using Parmesan and salted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Additions

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, Optional
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • HEAT GRILL to Medium-high to High heat (about 475-500F/246-260C). Spray grill basket with oil. Note 2 for option with no grill or grill basket.
  • GRILL VEGETABLES (see Note 2 to roast veggies): Place chopped vegetables in grill basket. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly. Place basket directly on grill for 9-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until veggies are slightly charred and tender the way you like them. I find if your basket is on the smaller side, the vegetables may take a bit longer to cook. Set aside.
  • BOIL PASTA: Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain AND reserve 1/2 cup/188 ml pasta water to thin it to the consistency you like, especially if you are adding Parmesan. TIP: Try to time cooking the pasta to be ready when sauce is ready. If not, set aside and keep warm.
  • MAKE SAUCE: While pasta is boiling and veggies are grilling, heat oil on medium-high in a large pan or skillet. Add garlic and chili flakes and stir for a minute. Add the 1/2 cup of wine (118 ml), salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat. Add butter in pieces and stir just until melted.
  • ASSEMBLE AND SERVE: Add pasta and toss. Add Parmesan cheese if using (reserving a little for passing if desired). Use reserved pasta water to thin it out if needed. Add parsley and grilled vegetables. Toss all together. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve.

Recipe Notes

  1. Vegetables: use any combination of peppers, mushrooms, red/white onion, asparagus, zucchini, eggplant or others that will cook at the same time.
  2. Don’t have a grill basket or grill?
    • Instead of a grill basket, you can cut your vegetables into larger pieces, grill them and chop them up after. 
    • If you don’t have a grill, roast vegetables on a pan, lined with foil and sprayed with oil (or parchment) at 425F/218C for 20 minutes – or until starting to caramelize – stirring once. 
  3. Make Ahead:
    • You can prepare the vegetables ahead of time (like earlier in the day) and warm them for a minute in the microwave before adding them to the final dish. 
    • You can also make the wine sauce ahead not including the Parmesan (if using). Reheat to a boil, turn off the heat, then add Parmesan, parsley and grilled veggies. If you can, make the pasta right before serving.
    • Alternatively, make the complete dish and warm it on the stove or in the microwave before serving it with additional water or broth to get the consistency you like. The vegetable pasta recipe will keep well in the fridge for 2 days. 
 
Nutrition value estimates do not include optional Parmesan cheese. Calories and fat can be lowered by using less butter. 

Nutrition

Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 506mg | Potassium: 742mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 14798IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. 4 stars
    I needed a quick but healthy recipe idea for my mother in law and I since my husband was not hungry. Not only was this delicious but when I laid it out on a platter, it looked very pretty.
    I will make this again

    Thanks for this winner.