I know, it’s been a while…But this was worth the wait, I promise! This recipe is founded on a dish my Mum used to make, which was a family staple in the house – Sausage Pasta Bake. She would use English Pork Sausages and crumble them into a Tomato sauce, baked with Macaroni and covered with melted Cheese. It was absolutely delicious and I’ve dreamt of it many times since I’ve become Vegan…and now I’ve finally attempted to make my own version & it came out really well! I’ve spent the last few months in LA (Vegan capital of the world!), and have therefore been taking advantage of the abundance of faux meat & dairy products. The Soy Chorizo I used in this recipe is one of my favourite finds, but you could easily use any other Vegan Sausage and just crumble it – the only difference is that this one adds a nice spice to the dish. This bake can be whipped up in about 30 minutes flat, but comes out tasting & looking like you’ve spent a good couple of hours slaving away in the kitchen…
1 large clove of Garlic, minced
1/2 small Red Onion, diced
1 cup Mushrooms, chopped
1/2 medium Red Pepper, diced
splash of Red Wine
1 cup crumbled Soy Chorizo, or other Veg Sausage/Mince (I use Trader Joes)
handful of chopped Black Olives
tin of Fire Roasted Tomatoes (optional: with green Chillies)
dash of dried Basil & Oregano
bag of Fusilli or Macaroni Pasta (I use Brown Rice Pasta)
1 cup of grated Vegan Cheddar Cheese of choice (I used Daiya)
– Boil a pot of water for the Pasta, and cook until al dente and rinse. Preheat oven to 430F.
– Heat Oil in a medium sized saucepan and sauté Onions until browned. Add Mushrooms, Garlic and Red Peppers and continue to sauté, adding a dash of Red Wine. Add minced Chorizo, Olives and Herbs and cook a few minutes more. Then add the tinned Tomatoes, with a little water if needed, and allow to simmer for a few minutes.
– Add bolognaise sauce to cooked Pasta, mix in a handful of the grated Cheese, then pour into a square baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining Cheese to cover the whole dish, and place in the oven for about 10-15 mins. or until Cheese has melted.
*Serve with a Spinach Salad and dig in…