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:
- 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
- Boil your pasta in some water with a bit of salt while you’re making your bolognese sauce.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the onions to the oil and saute until the onions are soft.
- Add the minced garlic cloves and the mixed herbs and saute until the oil starts to be infused with the garlic and herbs.
- Add the zucchini, capsicum and mushrooms and stir well.
- Add one tablespoon of garlic and ginger paste, mix in well with the veggies and saute until the veggies are partly soft.
- Once the veggies are partly softened, add the frozen Quorn directly into the mix
- Add another spoon of ginger and garlic paste.
- Cook for about 10 minutes, then add the tin of tomatoes and about 1/4 cup of boiling water.
- 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.
- 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!
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!