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Quick and Easy Vegetarian Pasta

This recipe is an incredibly simple and cheap meal to make that is also easily adaptable to meet your food preferences.


Pasta (quantity depending on how many people you are cooking for)

One can of tomatoes (preferably chopped)

One onion

One celery stick

One cucumber or courgette (it is up to you to decide how much you would like to use in the recipe – I tend to use about half)

One pepper

Ingredient tip: I tend to buy a pack of frozen vegetables (the Tesco and Waitrose range of Mediterranean and grilled vegetables work perfectly in this recipe). It is a great money-saver as only a handful is needed for this recipe, so there is enough to last for plenty of meals and you don’t have to worry about it going off!

For any carnivores out there you also have the option to add any meat you like to the meal should you wish (bacon or chicken works best!).



  • Bring a pan of water to the boil.
  • Add the pasta when ready and leave it to simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Once cooked, drain the pasta and leave it to cool before serving.



  • Peel and chop the onion, and chop the peppers and celery.
  • Add a small amount of cooking oil to your frying pan and leave it on a low heat.
  • Add the onion, celery and peppers (if you are using a pack of frozen vegetables add these at the same time).
  • Once this has cooked to a good degree add the can of tomatoes, together with the cucumber/ courgette.
  • Leave the sauce to simmer on a low heat. The sauce should be lightly bubbling.
  • Once done mix together with the pasta and voila!

Recipe inspired by Tiffany Goodall’s recipe ‘Vegetarian Pasta Heaven’ on p. 94 of her book ‘From Pasta to Pancakes: The Ultimate Student Cookbook’.



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