Thursday, 25 August 2011

Jennie Makes: Vegetarian Pasta.

My favourite food is pasta & I would quite happily eat it every single day if I could. Simple sauces are the ones I love the most, this one is my favourite and it only uses 5 ingredients & a touch of oil! There's always the opportunity to be more adventurous, I love adding lots of extras too like mushrooms, red peppers and butter beans. Be creative & experiment! Being a vegetarian isn't all (in my opinion) yucky vegetables like pumpkin and swede & you're not destined for a life of lentil soup, honest!

Start by dicing two medium sized onions & peeling as many garlic cloves as you like. I only chop my onions roughly so it’s over quicker – my eyes stream SO much when I’m doing this, they’re even watering a bit just thinking about it! I'm pretty sure pre-chopped onions are the best thing ever, I don't know why I never buy them!

Pop a bit of oil into a pan and fry the onions over a high heat and add in some crushed garlic. I used 3 quite large cloves because I love love love garlic! After leaving those to cook for about 5 minutes until they start to soften slightly I added about half a packet of Quorn mince. Keep the pan over a high heat so the onions sizzle nicely & the Quorn mince starts taking on some of the flavour.

When the onions & mince have started to get a bit of colour on them I add 2 tins of chopped tomatos – one with herbs and one without. I’m not a big herb fan at all so I don’t add any extra fresh herbs but you absolutely could if you want to!

Then I added 1 tin of red kidney beans & would have popped in some butter beans too but I didn’t have any – bad times! After giving the sauce a stir I turn the heat right down and let it simmer with a lid on the pan for around 40-50 minutes.
Et voila! It's super simple to make, 10 minutes preparation time and then you can let it simmer away on its own while you're catching up on your favourite show maybe giving it a good stir every so often. If you've got left overs then you can make a pasta bake later in the week or it's even a good accompaniment to a baked potato!
What's your absolute favourite food? 
xoxo

26 comments:

  1. I love Pasta too, yummy!!

    Sadie x

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  2. Oohh that looks yummy! I'm not a vegetarian but I don't really like meat much and I don't eat beef at all so this is perfect, might have to give it a go! xx

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  3. It looks so delicious! I wish I could eat pasta so much but it basically makes my belly balloon out :( x

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  4. I love pasta, but not spaghetti. Weird, right? Anyway, great recipe. xxx

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  5. mmm this looks yummy, I also adore pasta but my absolute favourite food is Mexican!

    Louisejoyb xo | Bits&Bobs

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  6. I love pasta too and this meal looks very yummy! :) xx

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  7. I love pasta so much and was really worried that I'd have to give it up altogether when I went gluten free but thankfully I've found some really good gluten free pastas so I can eat it all I like. Yay!

    This looks yummy btw.

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  8. I might try this - being a vegetarian and all ;) xx

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  9. I really do love reading your posts - this looks very yummy!
    xxx

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  10. Ooh love this recipe Jennie! I'm a vegatarian too and I love cooking. Infact I just made tangy chickpea curry with raita yoghurt dip and apricot and mint couscous - was lovely! Thanks for this recipe! xo

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  11. In the US, this is called "Cincinnati Chili". It's where the sauce resembles more of a chili than a traditional meat-based pasta sauce.

    Where spaghetti is concerned, I'll only eat it two ways: with a spicy red clam or crab sauce or aglio olio (with garlic and olive oil and sometimes a dash of crushed red pepper). If you've never tried aglio olio, give it a shot. If you're a garlic lover, it's delicious!

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  12. Im a vegetarian but unfortunately I am allergic to Quorn :( Which believe me -sucks.
    Could you maybe do another post like this for a vegetarian meal without pasta?
    xxxxxxx

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  13. Looks sooo yummy, I've made similar stuff but will defo try this!
    xx

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  14. Mmmm, this looks so goooood! I love garlic too!

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  15. Yummy yum, I'm not a fan of mince so even though I'm no longer vegetarian I tend to use quorn in most things. Looks delish!

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  16. looks delish!! yum :)

    natalie
    http://lucyandtherunaways.blogspot.com

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  17. That looks gooooood! I'm not a fan of beans, but I think I'll try this!

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  18. Yummers, this looks delicious! x

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  19. That looks so yummy :D Your post has made me super hungry now! xx

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  20. I love pasta too!
    I tried to be a veggie but I'm not a lover of quorn products, plus it was hard as I was the only veggie person in the house!!

    Jules @ A Bit of Jules

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  21. my favourite food is pasta too Jennie, and I'll try this sauce as soon as possible it looks so yummy! x

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  22. Hey, what'd wrong with pumpkin? Pumpkin, sweet potato and butternut squash are my faves!

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  23. wow, that looks really good.
    my sister and i are the only vegetarians in the house, and she makes meals with that quorn mince stuff all the time and i really can't stand it- but i'm definitely going to try this recipe. it looks like it might change my mind about it! xx

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  24. I live on pasta, this looks gorgeous! I'm starving, waiting for the boy to get off work with dinner x

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