Spanish Spaghetti

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I must clean out fridge before we leave for the trip!


Presenting… Spanish Spaghetti:


So easy to make, and packed with veggies + vegetarian protein!




  • Whole wheat spaghetti
  • Pasta sauce
  • Black beans, drained
  • Corn on the cob, removed from cob
  • Green pepper
  • Onion
  • Raw spinach


I cooked the pasta as I normally would, but added the raw spinach to the boiling water when I had 3 minutes to go.  I also grilled the corn, green pepper, and onion on the George Foreman.  After draining the water from the pasta and spinach, I combined it with the veggies, black beans, and sauce.  Voila!


I’m having a little bowl of vanilla ice cream for dessert, and then I’m going to FORCE myself to go to sleep early – I’m trying to prevent jet lag in advance!



  • Erica December 22, 2009, 8:04 pm

    The pasta looks fabulous. Love veggies and noodles 🙂 Have fun on your trip!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) December 22, 2009, 8:07 pm

    I love getting creative in the kitchen; enjoy your trip 🙂

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 22, 2009, 8:09 pm

    YUM. I love the flavor mix.

    Jet lag is NO fun.. enjoy your ice cream & get some shut eye 🙂

  • Evan Thomas December 22, 2009, 8:12 pm

    I hate needing to clean out the fridge. I always end up trying the worst food combos

  • Jenna December 22, 2009, 8:13 pm

    sounds like a great din!

  • Rachel December 22, 2009, 8:13 pm

    This looks so good, and what a great way to clean out the fridge. I have a feeling I’ll be taking this recipe for a spin Thursday night! Have to get rid of all the veggies before roadtrippin’ on Friday.

  • Karla December 22, 2009, 8:24 pm

    Yum! This looks good! I’m not a huge fan of spaghetti but I might try this with spaghetti squash!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises December 22, 2009, 8:38 pm

    Yum. I made a veggie chili tonight with lots of the same ingredients. I can’t wait to hear all about your trip!

  • Jess December 22, 2009, 8:42 pm

    We actually eat a similar meal often – just swap salsa for the pasta sauce! I’ve never made my version with spinach, but I think it would be okay. We add some cheese on top – yummy!

  • Kailey December 22, 2009, 8:43 pm

    I love your mexican kick to a traditional italian meal 🙂
    pasta goes with just about everything!!

  • Jess (What's Normal, Anyways?) December 22, 2009, 8:45 pm

    That looks yummy! I do a similar dish with black beans, pasta, salsa, spinach and yogurt…so tasty!

    Enjoy your journey as much as the destination; I can’t wait to read all about your adventures in England with the Hubby!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 22, 2009, 8:45 pm

    That is one awesome looking pasta dinner :)Hve fun om your travels!!!

  • Carol December 22, 2009, 8:58 pm

    The pasta looked really good, and I don’t even like corn. About the jet lag…a friend of mine (who works for an airline) said to set your watch to the time of where you are going as soon as you get on the plane. That way, every time you look at your watch, your brain is already thinking about the new time. Works for me. And stick to your normal routine as much as possible. After I landed in Australia at 7am, having lost an entire day (left on a Monday, landed on a Wednesday), my friends made sure I stayed up (and awake!) until 10:30 that night. Woke up fine the next day.
    Have fun!

  • Little Aspects December 22, 2009, 9:02 pm

    That pasta looks delicious! I’m going to steal it to cook this week as I have all of those ingredients on hand. Enjoy your holidays 🙂

  • Marisa (Loser for Life) December 22, 2009, 9:21 pm

    Yum! I love that you put black beans in there!

    You are going to have the best time on your trip! Enjoy!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 22, 2009, 9:38 pm

    I love that you always eat corn on the cob. I wish we could get it here in the winter!

  • Emily December 22, 2009, 9:47 pm

    Spanish spaghetti sounds really good. You are super creative, Caitlin! Hope you have a great trip!

  • Nicole, MS, RD, LD December 22, 2009, 10:04 pm

    Looks easy, delicious, and like you said, balanced!

  • Adi ( December 22, 2009, 10:07 pm

    That’s a creative way to use up veggies! Looks really yummy.

    Happy travels!

  • Susan December 22, 2009, 10:07 pm

    That looks restaurant-worthy!

  • Erin December 22, 2009, 10:39 pm

    Try to follow normal sleep schedules on the plane and when you get there — no naps or you’ll never get over jet lag! 😉

  • RhodeyGirl December 22, 2009, 10:49 pm

    I am not sure when you are leaving but not sure I’ll be around again before you leave so I will say it now!


  • Carolyn December 22, 2009, 10:51 pm

    Food looks good!! BTW, I think you meant “Voila!” A viola is an instrument I used to play in high school, LOL. 🙂 I hate those pesky typos that are real words so spell check doesn’t catch. 🙂

  • Kristine December 22, 2009, 10:54 pm

    yum i love spaghetti!

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) December 22, 2009, 11:08 pm

    Verrry interesting. I never thought of making spaghetti spanish!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 22, 2009, 11:11 pm

    what a lovely way to clean out the fridge — looks delish!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) December 22, 2009, 11:38 pm

    have a safe flight! AIRBORNE YOURSELF!

  • Penny December 23, 2009, 12:54 am

    That looks awesome!!! I have been on the lookout for vegetarian recipes lately, and that one will certainly be tried out very soon.

  • Jolene ( December 23, 2009, 1:56 am

    Very cool spaghetti!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) December 23, 2009, 7:55 am

    Good call on getting a ton of sleep! That will help keep the plane germies away, too.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie December 23, 2009, 8:58 am

    I’ve been craving spaghetti lately. I should totally make this. hehe

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen December 23, 2009, 10:58 am

    What a great recipe! Definitely something I would make and the husband would love too 🙂

  • Kelly December 23, 2009, 1:39 pm

    That looks AWESOME!!!

  • Little Aspects December 23, 2009, 4:33 pm

    Ok, steal this recipe I did (we had it last night) and it was delicous! Thanks Caitlin!

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