Reflections From My Breast Cancer Retreat Pt 3: Zucchini Spaghetti with Asparagus and Shiitake

Vegetable spaghetti 2

Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Serves 4-6

On the breast cancer retreat, one of the dishes we were served was a zucchini spaghetti and I don’t mean noodles made from flour. I’m not a big fan of zucchini but, after having this dish I was dying to see if I could make it myself.

During dinner one of the cooks came out and showed us just how long the zucchini string can be using a vegetable peeler. To me, it looked over a yard! Many of us were mesmerized and amazed at such a delicate string. I don’t usually go for second helpings but, on this retreat I did and certainly for this dish which is a credit to our wonderful cooks.

Our cooks on the retreat!
Our wonderful cooks on the retreat!

The dish was made with spaghetti with meatballs on the retreat but, this recipe that I came up with is simple yet quite filling.


Mandolin slicer or Vegetable Spaghetti Peeler


2 medium zucchini
1 medium yellow squash
25 oz marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Basil Marinara)
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 tbs of coconut oil
1 bunch of asparagus
3/4 lbs of fresh Shiitake mushrooms
Grated parmesan
Fresh cracked pepper

Zucchini and yellow squash spaghetti


Chop the asparagus into 1/2″ pieces. Slice the Shiitake into 1/4″ or less strips. Trim off the ends of the squash. Using either a vegetable spaghetti peeler or a mandolin slicer, make vegetable noodles out of the zucchini and yellow squash–about 4-5 cups.

Sauté the minced garlic with coconut oil until pungent over medium high heat using a large pan or big pot. Toss the asparagus into the pan and add a few pinches of salt and sauté for five minutes. Toss in the shiitake and continue to sauté for another 3-5 minutes. Toss in the vegetable spaghetti and stir for about 2 minutes. Pour the marina into the pot and mix well. Add salt to taste. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the vegetable spaghetti is cooked.

Serve with ParmesanServe with the cracked pepper and parmesan on top. You won’t believe it’s not spaghetti!

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