A hearty, vegan, "meaty" pasta... without the meat! This 30 minute Tempeh Mushroom Pasta is an easy, satisfying weeknight meal with lots of plant protein..
This is a hearty, vegan, "meaty" pasta without the meat. It is similar to a tempeh bolognese sauce.
Tempeh (which is made from fermented soybeans) is a great healthy substitute for ground turkey and beef. It is filled with protein and fiber, and a variety of other nutrients.
The crumbled tempeh and mushrooms gives this sauce a hearty texture and leaves us feeling pleasantly satisfied.
Plus it is so easy to simmer up on a skillet for an easy weeknight meal filled with plant-based protein.
Ingredients for Tempeh Pasta
For this recipe you will need:
- Pasta of choice: I enjoy gluten-free fusilli made with brown rice & quinoa. But you could use spaghetti, penne, or other noodles of choice.
- Tempeh: This typically comes in an 8 oz. patty. Some are multi-grain and include wheat products, so if you need gluten-free be sure to check the ingredients and find one that is 100% soy-based.
- Mushrooms: I like cremini, but use your own favorite, or a combination.
- Jarred pasta sauce: This meal comes together quick and easy thanks to jarred pasta sauce, but feel free to use your own homemade sauce if desired. (Such as this oil-free marinara sauce.) Jarred pasta sauce typically contains olive oil, so be sure to find an oil-free one if desired.
Variations and Additions
Veggies: Zucchini, yellow onion, bell pepper, fresh diced tomatoes, grated carrot, and spinach are great flavors to include as well.
Herbs + spices: Or stir in other spices to taste such as a teaspoon of dried oregano, Italian seasonings, etc.
Garnish: Top your bowl with fresh herbs such as a tablespoon of fresh basil or parsley before serving for added flavor.
We find the leftovers are great simply reheated in the microwave.
Tempeh Mushroom Pasta
- 12 oz. pasta of choice (gluten-free if desired)
- 8 oz. tempeh*
- 10 oz. mushrooms (I use cremini)
- 26 oz. jarred pasta sauce
- Onion, garlic, spinach, bell pepper, zucchini, or fresh herbs for serving
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water before draining.
- Meanwhile, crumble tempeh and slice mushrooms.
- In a large pan over medium heat, sauté tempeh and mushrooms about 8 minutes or until mushrooms soften. (I use 3 Tbsp. water/veggie broth for no-oil sauté method, adding more as needed.)
- Reduce heat to medium-low. Pour in pasta sauce and 1 cup pasta water.
- Stir occasionally until sauce is heated through, about 10 minutes. Stir in spinach during last couple minutes (if using).
- Spoon sauce mixture over cooked pasta. Serve warm and garnish with fresh basil or parsley if desired.
Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)
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