|Chunky Red & Green Sauce on Miracle Noodles|
Recipe by Robin
In the spring, when our CSA farm share was full of green garlic and several kinds of onions, I created a recipe for Pasta with Onion-Garlic Red Sauce and Veggie Crumbles. It was one of my more popular blog posts. Seasons change and summer has its own bounty, and I found myself short of onions when making this dish today. So I added a bunch of chopped spinach to make an early summer variation, and substituted fresh herbs from the garden for the dried herbs.
As noted before, the MorningStar Farms “Meal Starter Recipe Crumbles” are largely textured vegetable protein (TVP), a combination of soy protein and wheat gluten. They also contain small amounts of egg whites and skim milk, so they’re not vegan. MorningStar makes only vegetarian meat substitutes. Even though they’re a subsidiary of Kellogg’s, a major corporation, the products contain no preservatives and the ingredient list looks like real food. Kudos, Kelloggs.
My husband and I, both for health reasons and to conserve environmental resources, are on a mission to reduce meat consumption. Even though we’re not vegetarians, we’re always on the lookout for veggie-based proteins, and recommend the taste and texture of the Crumbles to meat-eaters who want to get healthier. One package of Crumbles in this recipe will give you the same amount of pasta sauce as 1 lb. ground meat.
Feel free to play around with the quantities and herbs in this recipe. If you discover something really tasty, please post it!
Early Summer Pasta with Red & Green Sauce
serves 6 - 8
3 stalks semi-dry green garlic (with large bulbs and no green tops)
2 medium spring onions (no green tops)
1 bunch large scallions (with large bulbs, about 3)
1 large bunch of spinach
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 package MorningStar Farms “Meal Starters Recipe Crumbles”
1 large can (1 lb. 2 oz.) fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
1 small can (14.5 oz.) fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped
1 tsp. fresh oregano, finely chopped
½ tsp. salt or to taste
a few grinds of pepper
Fettucini Miracle Noodles or wholegrain pasta
|Cook Spinach Until Just Wilted|
Wash and trim scallions. Chop bulbs and cut greens into ½” lengths.
Wash spinach and trim off roots and tough stems. Chop leaves and tender stems.
Boil water for pasta. Cook pasta according to directions. If using Miracle Noodles, they only take about 5 minutes total, so wait till sauce is almost cooked to add them to the boiling water.
|Electric Frying Pan = Good Place to Cook Sauce|
Serve over pasta, or on wholegrain burger buns for “Sloppy Fauxs” (like Sloppy Joes but vegetarian!).