5 Unique Recipes to Celebrate National Spaghetti Day

Unique Recipes for National Spaghetti Day

Celebrate National Spaghetti Day and stick to your healthy resolutions with five new recipes including pasta alternatives from Explore Cuisine! On January 4th, you can discover that spaghetti can come in a variety of flavors. In fact, so many that you can add an endless number of meals to your meal plans! 


Simple Vegan Chickpea Spaghetti

Simple Vegan Chickpea Spaghetti

Mix up traditional spaghetti with Chickpea Spaghetti and a delicious sauce!

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  • 1 box Explore Cuisine Chickpea Spaghetti
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 cup organic pasta sauce
  1. Cook the spaghetti until soft according to the packet directions.

  2. Drain the water from the pasta, and stir in the pasta sauce.

  3. Add more if you like more sauce. 

  4. Serve in bowls and then sprinkle the nutritional yeast on each one.

  5. Season with salt and extra nutritional yeast if desired.

Roasted Vegetables with Pasta

Roasted Vegetables with Pasta

Delicious spaghetti with Edamame Spaghetti and roasted veggies!

  • 1 box Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti
  • 1 cup yellow squash (½" diced pieces)
  • 1 cup zucchini squash (½" diced pieces)
  • 1 cup red onion (½" diced pieces)
  • 1 cup red bell pepper (deseeded, ½" diced pieces)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • lemon
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Toss your veggies (excluding parsley) with olive oil and your choice of either garlic salt or salt/pepper.

  3. Put your veggies into an oven safe roasting pan. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

  4. While your veggies are cooking, prepare your pasta per the directions on the box.

  5. When pasta is cooked, drain and set aside.

  6. When veggies are cooked, toss with pasta. Top mixture with the juice from one lemon half.

  7. Top with parsley and serve!

Southwestern Black Bean Spaghetti

Southwestern Black Bean Spaghetti

A delicious Southwestern Black Bean Spaghetti that is full flavor!

  • ¼ box Explore Cuisine Black Bean Spaghetti
  • ½ zucchini (spiralized into "noodles")
  • ¼ Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 handfuls Baby Spinach
  • ¼ cup cucumber
  • ¼ cup corn
  • ¼ avocado mashed with fresh organic lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp vegan cheese
  • pumpkin seeds
  • dill (garnish)
  1. Start by boiling a big pot of water for your black bean spaghetti. Once boiled, add the spaghetti and let cook for 6 minutes.

  2. Once done, remove from heat, rinse under cool water and set aside.

  3. Prep your veggies! Finely dice your cucumber, bell pepper, mash your avocado, spiralize your zucchini.

  4. Next, add a spicy adobo chipotle sauce to your noodles and zucchini noodles. 

  5. Combine the ancho and guajillo chiles in a large bowl and add plenty of cold water to cover. Let them soak until soft, about 30 minutes. 

  6. Place the soaked chiles in a blender along with the ginger, cumin, salt, and pepper. 

  7. Blend until very smooth. Stop the motor a few times to scrape down the sides with a spatula and give things a stir, just to make sure everything’s getting puréed. Don’t be tempted to add liquid—you want the final sauce to be thick. 

  8. Scrape the purée into a small bowl if you plan to use it soon, or into a jar with a tight fitting lid if you want to save it for later. It’ll keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for 3 months.

  9. Add a few handfuls of baby spinach to a big ‘ol bowl. Add some noodles, guac, then add cucumber, red bell pepper, vegan cheese, pumpkin seeds, and freshly chopped dill!

  10. Enjoy!

Roasted Cauliflower Alfredo Edamame Spaghetti

Roasted Cauliflower Alfredo Edamame Spaghetti

Try a Roasted Cauliflower Alfredo Edamame Spaghetti – sure to be a family favorite!

  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (vegan)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • garlic cloves (optional)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 box Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti
  • fresh parsley (garnish)
  1. Toss cauliflower with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes.

  2. In a blender combine roasted cauliflower, vegan cream cheese, smoked paprika, garlic (optional) and vegetable broth. Blend until smooth.

  3. Warm sauce in sauce pan on stove.

  4. Prepare spaghetti per directions on box.

  5. Combine sauce and spaghetti. Gently toss to coat.

  6. When ready to serve, place spaghetti onto plates, top with more smoked paprika and fresh parsley.

  7. Enjoy!

Pesto Spaghetti with Seared Tuna

Pesto Spaghetti with Seared Tuna

Pesto Spaghetti with Seared Tuna

Seared Tuna

  • 1 lb center cut ahi tuna
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp mildly spicy red pepper (or black pepper)
  • 1 Dash vegetable oil
  • salt (to taste)

Kale-Walnut Pesto

  • 2 cups baby kale
  • ½ cup basil
  • ¼ cup walnut
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 pinch mildly spicy red pepper (or black pepper)
  • salt (to taste)


  • ½ large carrot (peeled)
  • ½ hot red pepper (thinly sliced)
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 10 small basil leaves
  • Flaky sea salt
  • mildly spicy red pepper
  • olive oil


  1. Place kale, basil, nuts and garlic into food processor. 

  2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper liberally. 

  3. Pour ¼ cup over the greens. 

  4. Blend by pouring the rest of olive oil in a slow stream, until pesto is nice and chunky. 

  5. Squeeze lemon on top, taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.


  1. Pat tuna dry with paper towels. Season tuna with salt, red pepper and coriander.

  2. Drizzle with olive oil on top and rub spices with oil into its flesh.

  3. Heat medium size stainless steel sauté pan until very hot.

  4. Pour just a dash of oil and place tuna in the pan.

  5. Cook on all sides for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, until it releases easy and all sides have a crust.

  6. Slice tuna against the grain into ¼ of an inch slices with a sharp knife.

  7. Slice carrot into ribbons with vegetable peeler, and then make thin long strips with a sharp knife and set aside.

  8. Cut hot red pepper into thin slices.

  9. Cook Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti according to packaging instructions, transfer to large bowl.

  10. Add ribbons of carrot, hot pepper slices and 5-6 tablespoons of pesto to the pasta and toss to combine.

  11. Drizzle more olive oil if pasta looks too dry.

  12. To plate, divide pasta between bowls by twisting it with a folk

  13. Drizzle lightly with good quality olive oil, sprinkle with salt and red pepper.

  14. Top with 3-4 tuna slices, sprinkle with salt and red pepper again.

  15. Scatter some lemon zest and tiny basil leaves over each bowl. 

  16. Serve at room temperature.

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