September 17, 2012

Tempeh & Mushroom Pasta

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This is a hearty, vegan, "meaty" pasta... without the meat! Tempeh, made from soybeans, is a great healthy substitute for ground turkey/beef. It's loaded with protein and fiber, along with many other nutrients. (Check out the World's Healthiest Foods page for more info.) I really love how quick and easy this meal comes together thanks to the help of jarred pasta sauce, but feel free to use your own homemade sauce. You could easily add tempeh and mushrooms to this homemade marinara if you'd like. The tempeh/mushroom combo gives the sauce such great texture and leaves us feeling satisfied. Zucchini is an awesome addition as well! If you've never cooked with tempeh before... this is the recipe to try! We love it.

Vegan, gluten-free (with gluten-free pasta)

Ingredients
8 oz. tempeh (I use organic 3 grain from Trader Joe's)
10 oz. sliced mushrooms
2 lb. jar pasta sauce
14 oz. pasta
Optional add-ins: onion, garlic, bell pepper, zucchini, fresh herbs

Directions
Steam tempeh for 10 minutes (this helps remove the "bitter" taste). Let cool enough to touch, then crumble.
Cook pasta according to package directions.
In a large pan over medium heat, saute the crumbled tempeh and mushrooms about 8 minutes or until mushrooms soften.
Reduce heat to med-low and pour in pasta sauce.
Stir occasionally until sauce is heated through, about 10 minutes.
Spoon mixture over cooked pasta.

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5 comments:

  1. i have never cooked with tempeh but this makes me want to try!

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  2. I made this tonight and it was delicious! I always steam/saute tempeh before I cook with it, it is the only way it tastes good to me.

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    1. Hi Maggie! So glad you liked it! It's always such an easy, satisfying meal for us. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. How do you steam the tempeh? In the microwave? I do not own a steamer. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Katie! You could either steam it on the stove in a covered saucepan with about a cup of water, or in the microwave. Just use a microwave safe bowl with a lid, moisten the tempeh, and heat for about 5 minutes. Enjoy!!

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