The Best Pasta You’ll Ever Taste…You’ll Never Guess What’s In It

The Best Pasta You’ll Ever Taste…You’ll Never Guess What’s In It
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There are so many great things about pasta that it’s hard to narrow down my absolute all-time favorite kind–until now that is! Spaghetti bolognese is amazing on its own, but the reason THIS spaghetti bolognese is the best is because instead of ground beef, it’s made with Beyond Meat burger patties–it’s perfect for Meatless Monday’s! This recipe is so versatile because it can be adapted to your mood; You can make the sauce from scratch, or you can use your favorite premade pasta sauce. This dish is completely 100% vegetarian and can easily be changed to become vegan.

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It’s so warm, filling, and deliciously savory, that you won’t even know it’s vegan. The key to pulling off this bolognese is the Beyond Meat patty because it gives it the depth of flavor that you would only expect from meat, but it’s 100% plant-based, giving you a healthier and cruelty-free meat substitute. Not only is it packed with flavor, but it contains way less cholesterol and more protein per serving than traditional ground beef. Although the fat contents appear to be about equivalent, however, the fats are 100% plant-based and thus easier for your body to digest and burn.  PSA: I think it’s important to note, we are not being sponsored by Beyond Meat, thus I like to think I am an unbias source (as much as an ex-meat eater can be).

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In fact, many people who try it, meat eaters and vegans alike, love it and use the recipe again and again. That being said, substituting ground beef for Beyond Meat also helps decrease your carbon footprint and does wonders for the environment.  OK enough of the health and environment talk, let’s talk about how delicious it is and the two ways you can make it. The first way takes a little bit of TLC but you won’t be disappointed–it’s totally worth the effort, and the second way takes less time because it involves premade pasta sauce. Personally, I like making it the first way on the weekend when I have more time to enjoy the cooking process and I stick to the second way during the week when I’m running short on time.

The First Way: Cook Time 50 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pack of Beyond Meat burger patty
  • ½ cup (125 ml) dry red wine (or sub with water or veg broth)
  • 2 veg bouillon cubes, crumbled
  • 28oz / 800g can crushed tomato (or tomato passata)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste/puree
  • 2 – 3 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme (or ¼ tsp dried thyme or ½ tsp dried oregano)
  • Salt and pepper
  • dried or fresh spaghetti noodles

The best way to start this dish is to add olive oil to a medium saucepan, toss in onion and cook on MEDIUM heat for about 5-7 MINUTES or until onions are translucent. Turn the heat up to HIGH and add the Beyond Meat patties (you can either defrost them in the fridge/microwave or use them frozen), and break it apart into small chunks just like you would with ground beef. Cook for roughly 10 minutes or until browned. (This is way longer than the package suggests, but just trust me here) There is going to be significantly less oil than cooking with ground beef so there is no need to drain anything. Add in the garlic and cook it lightly until fragrant making sure it doesn’t burn.

Add the red wine and scrape all the delicious chunks from the bottom of the saucepan, then let it simmer for roughly 2 MINUTES or until the alcohol smell is gone. Add in the rest of the ingredients and bring them all to a simmer, then turn down the heat to MEDIUM  and let it cook for another 20-30 minutes. While you’re waiting for all the ingredients to come together and create the final product, boil a large pot of water and follow directions on the package of whatever spaghetti you prefer. When the pasta is al dente, drain and toss it in the sauce. To garnish you can add some parsley and either vegan or traditional parmesan cheese if desired.

The Second Way: Cook Time 25 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 Pack of Beyond Meat burger patty
  • your favorite jar of pasta sauce
  • dried or fresh spaghetti noodles

In a medium saucepan add olive oil and onions and cook on MEDIUM for roughly 5 MINUTES, or until onions are translucent. Turn the heat up to HIGH and add Beyond Meat burgers and break them apart just as you would with ground beef. Cook for roughly 10 MINUTES or until browned. There is going to be significantly less oil than cooking with ground beef so there is no need to drain anything. Add in the garlic and cook it lightly until fragrant making sure it doesn’t burn.

While this is all happening, get some water boiling for your noodles, and follow the instructions on the package, cooking them until they’re al dente. Add in the jar of sauce to the Beyond Meat and onion mixture and let simmer for about 5 minutes or until warmed and combined. Toss noodles and sauce together and serve with parsley and either vegan or traditional parmesan cheese.

 

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