The Easiest Veggie-Packed Marinara & Pasta

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Want to know the secret to successful meal plans? Rely on meals that are simple, your family loves, and you can make without having to reference a recipe!

I’m not saying to never branch out and make fun, new recipes. Just make sure to include those sparingly in your meal plans, especially if you are new to meal planning and prepping. If you start out with too many labor-intensive, 20 ingredient recipes you will get burnt out FAST!

I encourage everyone to sit down and make a list of their go-to family meals. Meals that are typically on rotation in their house. Make this list without referencing your recipe book, Pinterest, or phone! These are your Aces, keep them in your recipe arsenal to bulk up your weekly meal plans or have ingredients ready so they can be thrown together at the last minute if you have a change of heart about the daily meal planned.

This Veggie-Packed Marinara & Pasta is featured on our meal plan almost every week! I love that it is a failproof way to get my whole family to eat vegetables.

The Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli Pasta from Trader Joe’s is my favorite pasta. It is gluten free, is delicious and has a great texture. It even holds up well when mixed with the sauce and stored in the fridge for a few days!

Veggie-Packed Marinara & Pasta

This pasta is loaded with veggies and customizable to your tastes! It is a simple recipe that is a guaranteed hit for the whole family. 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Kid-Friendly
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup carrots shredded
  • 28 oz. marinara
  • 8 oz gluten free pasta


  • In large skillet brown meat and break apart with wooden spoon until cooked through.
  • In medium saucepan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil and saute vegetables until softened.
  • Add marinara sauce to saucepan with vegetables and heat over medium heat.
  • Cook pasta according to package.
  • Combine everything and enjoy!

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