I’ve got a really quick meal prep for you guys this week! I haven’t done a lot of cooking the last few days because I got braces on Tuesday and for a minute, even the thought of eating was painful. But just as soon as I started to get back on track I cooked up this really simple Spaghetti and Roasted Vegetable Meal Prep to get me through the rest of the week. While this isn’t the most stunning meal prep to look at, this is definitely my favorite type of meal prep. I paired the spaghetti and meat sauce, which are total comfort food, with a generous serving of roasted vegetables to keep things balanced. It’s the best of both worlds, and totally easy. Because easy is what meal prep is all about.
I only photographed one prepared container this week because to make this work for me with my compromised chewing ability, I actually had to mince up the vegetables and cut the spaghetti into small pieces. And, well, that’s just even less photogenic. So, this is what your packed lunch will look like. In reality mine looked a little like baby food. 😅
For more information about meal prepping, how it works, and why I do it, check out Meal Prep 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Prepping and Portioning Meals, or check out my entire Budget-Friendly Meal Prep Archive.
Spaghetti and Roasted Vegetable Meal Prep
This Meal Prep Includes:
The Best Weeknight Pasta Sauce: $4.35
8 oz. Spaghetti: $0.50
Roasted Summer Vegetables: $4.85
Total Cost: $9.70
Cost per serving (4 servings): $2.43
Leftovers: 1/2 lb. pasta (shelf stable, can be used in another recipe later, yay!)
- Want to add more? Parmesan actually goes great on both the roasted vegetables AND the pasta.
- You don’t have to use this exact mix of roasted vegetables. Take advantage of what is on sale in your area at the time.
- Want a vegetarian pasta sauce option? Try this 5-Ingredient Butter Tomato Sauce (bonus recipe for toasted bread crumb topping included).
- Try swapping regular pasta for a high fiber or high protein version for an even more diet-friendly meal prep!
- Homemade garlic bread is never a bad idea. ;)
I’m so sorry if I’ve completely missed this above! If I was to make this ahead of time for say five days worth could I store this in the refrigerator or freezer and reheat?
These recipes are quite inspiring btw! :)
Yep! It’s good to keep refrigerated for about 4-5 days, but the amount of time you get can vary depending on a lot of factors (freshness of ingredients, conditions inside your fridge, etc.).
I feel dumb…. not sure where the actual recipe is on this page or if I just have to figure it out on my own. Help please I really want to make this recipe!
Not to worry Corrinne, we’ve got you! You can find the Roasted Vegetables here. Then the spaghetti sauce is just the pasta plus The Best Weeknight Pasta Sauce Enjoy!
Another FANTASTIC meal prep! I’m not usually a fan of red sauce, but that 5 ingredient butter sauce sure is a winner :)
Thank you for making this website, super helpful!
I love your recipes but cab you please include calorie counts.
Get a myfitnesspal account and use the link to create a recipe on their website. They’ll do the breakdown for you.
Just got gifted 2 beautiful eggplants I had no idea what to do with, and have pasta sauce I’ve been meaning to defrost…now I know they can go together in a meal! A very timely meal prep post, thank you Beth.