Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

This recipe is quick and easy to prepare, it's loved by everyone I've yet to feed it to. I first saw this recipe on tv in 1993, it was a quick filler for the real show, like a commercial. I however removed several items and added others, the basic preparation and olive oil are all that really remains of the first recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. NOTE: if using fresh basil add it at the end to get better flavor.
  2. Pre cut all vegetables and garlic.
  3. In a large pot bring water with a pinch of salt to a boil, then add the spaghetti.
  4. Heat frying pan, making sure to cover the bottom with olive oil.
  5. Add garlic, dried basil, onions, celery and hot sauce (if desired) to the frying pan.
  6. Cook on medium heat for 5 min, then add the salt and pepper.
  7. Add zucchini to the frying pan just before draining the cooked pasta.
  8. Add the drained spaghetti and tomatoes to pan. If using fresh basil add this now, also add any additional olive oil if the dish is dry. Continue to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  9. Season with additional salt & pepper if desired, then serve hot.


Most Helpful

To me there seemed to be too many noodles, I had to add pasta sauce then it was much better.

Isuale October 16, 2007

I used rotini pasta and omited the dried basil (the fresh basil is rather strong). I thought that it was a bit bland at first, but much better with pecarino romano cheese on top. It was fast to cook and it was colorful.

kwright March 29, 2004

A very nice quick easy meal when you are in a hurry and you need something nutritious. Enjoyed by everyone.

Missy Wombat February 18, 2004

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