Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese – Quorn

I had no idea this was going to happen but, it turns out, I actually like Quorn!

For a long time I was all like no no it’s too processed and I don’t like the taste but the other day it was kind of just staring me in the face at the supermarket and like it had a little devil horn on its head it tempted me to take it home… and I did. Then I ended up making something that looked AND TASTED so much like traditional bolognese that even I had to remind myself it wasn’t real meat.

Here’s my recipe for a super yummy and healthy vegan spaghetti bolognese:

Ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • Half a red onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic (minced/crushed)
  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 packet minced Quorn, 300g
  • 1 zucchini (chopped into small squares)
  • 1 capsicum (chopped into small squares)
  • a handful of button mushrooms (chopped into small squares)
  • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs
  • salt and pepper
  • wholewheat spaghetti

How to:

  1. Boil your pasta in some water with a bit of salt while you’re making your bolognese sauce.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add the onions to the oil and saute until the onions are soft.
  4. Add the minced garlic cloves and the mixed herbs and saute until the oil starts to be infused with the garlic and herbs.
  5. Add the zucchini, capsicum and mushrooms and stir well.
  6. Add one tablespoon of garlic and ginger paste, mix in well with the veggies and saute until the veggies are partly soft.
  7. Once the veggies are partly softened, add the frozen Quorn directly into the mix
  8. Add another spoon of ginger and garlic paste.
  9. Cook for about 10 minutes, then add the tin of tomatoes and about 1/4 cup of boiling water.
  10. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Add about half a teaspoon of salt, a sprinkle of pepper and then taste. Add more salt and pepper as necessary.
  11. If you’ve got some grated vegan cheese you can sprinkle it on top of your bowl of pasta and amazing bolognese sauce and VOILA!

vegan pasta

NB: Quorn, being ‘fake meat’, is still processed food, and not entirely natural, so like all processed foods, should be consumed in moderation. Which is why I made sure to fill this recipe with a bunch of other amazing veggies.

Sit down and enjoy a big bowl of this much-loved comfort food, knowing that it’s made completely cruelty-free and even better for your health than the traditional version. DIG IN!

Love,

Vadz

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