Protein enriched vegan pasta

I have been wanting to go vegan (again) since early this year. I was vegan for almost 2 years before I fell off the wagon on an overseas trip to my home country, India. If you are an Indian then you probably can relate to me. Anyway, since I’m back in OZ and am surrounded with very loving vegan friends at work and Instagram I’m quite inspired to go vegan again. Note though I haven’t touched meat at all in the last 3 years. Yay to our animal friends. 

Being a hard core foodie one thing was clear that I cannot survive on leaves and fruits alone (we Indians call it ghaas-phoos, lol). Raw food diet is great, don’t get me wrong; I admire people who can do it. But that’s not me. So to keep me satiated I am constantly in search of dairy substitutes and vegan protein sources. 

As a result of all that googling, I came up with my own recipe for a vey yummy vegan pasta. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pasta
  • 2 tablespoons Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 cup of soy granules 
  • 1 cup of any regular pasta sauce (without cream)
  • 5 tablespoons Tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons hummus 
  • 2 tablespoons Nutritional yeast (cheese substitute)
  • Herbs of your choice 
  • Paprika as per preferred taste 
  • Oil
  • Salt and pepper as per taste
  • 1 tsp Sugar (optional) 

The main protein sources for this dish are the soy granules and the hummus. The soy granules end up tasting a lot like minced meat and the hummus makes sure the pasta doesn’t run too dry. You could also add mashed avocado to the sauce. 

Method:

  1. Boil the pasta with some salt and follow instructions on the packet. Drain it when done and leave aside. 
  2. Soak soy granules in boiling water and leave it aside for 5-10 mins. Drain and leave aside. 
  3. Heat oil in a wok and add the ginger garlic paste. 
  4. Then add chopped onion and sauté till light brown. 
  5. Now add the drained soy granules. Let it sauté till color changes to darker brown. 
  6. Next add the pasta sauce, tomato sauce, hummus, and herbs of your choice. I used pizza topper and Italian herbs for flavour. 
  7. Then add the nutritional yeast for that cheesy taste. Add salt and pepper as desired. You can add some sugar and paprika if desired. It’s optional. 
  8. Add the boiled pasta to the sauce. 
  9. Mix well and serve.

Yumm! Give it a try coz it’s so good. High in protein and fibre. Tastes great and above all #noanimalswereharmed. 

Enjoy the meal guilt free. Let me know how you go by posting comments below. 

Xoxo

Som