Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Gluten Free Spaghetti & Tofurkey Italian Sausage(Sausage is not GF) - Plant Based!

I love pasta! This has been quite an uphill battle since I have developed a gluten intolerance. Finding a good gluten free pasta has not been easy. I think I found a winner though! Heartland Gluten Free pasta is actually really good. The other gluten free pastas I tried were very starchy and did not hold together well. Heartland is a corn and rice based pasta and holds up when being cooked with a nice flavor too.

I had been on my plant based diet for a week and the craving for meat I have to say was getting to me. I almost caved a couple times. One night I was shopping at Wal-Mart looking for inspiration for dinner when I saw Tofurky Italian sausage links. Prior to the my only tofu experience was at a friends house for dinner and he served tofu sausage links. It was not until we were done that he let us know that it was actually tofu. I knew the texture was off but the flavor was really good. With this memory in mind I found my inspiration!

I grabbed some veggies found the gluten free pasta bought some pasta sauce and headed home. I would normally make a sauce but it was getting late and I was tired so I cheated. I found a good sauce though, Newman's Own. Newman's has a wide variety and it is a non-profit company so I did not feel as bad for cheating. So enough of my short story, lets get cooking!


Here is what you'll need:
Gluten free pasta
1/2 zucchini diced
1/4 red bell pepper cut into strips
1/4 green bell pepper cut into strips
1 small carrot cut into rounds
1/2 sweet onion cut into strips
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic minced
1 Tofurkey Italian sausage link
2 cups of your favorite pasta sauce
 a few leaves of basil chopped with some reserved for garnish

Cooking Instructions:
  1. Bring about 6 cups of water to boil in a pot
  2. While waiting for water to boil add olive oil to a pan and saute all of your veggies. You can cook the sausage link in the same pan at the same time. Add the garlic and basil towards the end of the cooking process. Be sure not to over cook the veggies.
  3. By now you should be adding the pasta to the water. 
  4. Reduce heat on your pan of veggies and add your sauce. Heating the sauce with the veggies and sausage will allow all the flavors to combine. Cover with a lid and bring up to a simmer.
  5. When the pasta is done drain and toss into your vegetable sauce. Plate and serve!
There you go! A quick easy and healthy plant based meal. If  your in a rush this is the perfect meal.
It may have been my craving for meat but the Tofurkey sausage really hit the spot. The Heartland pasta was a refreshing change to the other horrible gluten free pastas I have tried. If you cook this up for yourself let me know how it turns out. As always feel free to let your creativity flow by adding what ever veggies you like. Thanks for dropping by the blog and I hope you will come back soon and see what else I have cooking up! 



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