I never used to like spaghetti bolognese because I never liked meat. Period. I remember one time when my granny tried to feed me sausages and it took me a solid five minutes to chew one tiny piece of sausage. I believe I spat it out, after all, so she put me through that ordeal for nothing.
All of that to say: the last thing I imagined myself making now that I’ve been living the kind life for over a year and half is pasta and fake mince in tomato sauce. Because that’s basically what it is, right? Well somehow, it tastes damned good, and the cherry on the cake is it’s super simple to make. It makes a great packed lunch for those days when you simply don’t feel like having a wrap or a sandwich.
I’ve half a mind to make an all-veg version of this; all natural, no fake meat. Scratch that, I’ll put it on the foodie bucket list. (Yes, there is such a thing.)
Without further ado, a recipe so simple I hardly dare call it one:
150g spaghetti, preferably wholewheat
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1/2 finely chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic, minced
a pinch of basil
100-150g of faux minced meat (I always eyeball this, adding more or less depending on how hungry I am)
salt and pepper, to taste
your favourite vegetables, to add some healthy stuff! My personal favourite is peas or roasted butternut squash.
Cook the pasta according to package instructions. In a saucepan, heat the chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil and faux mince, seasoning according to taste. Stir in the pasta when it’s ready and serve hot with your favourite vegetables.
Easy peasy lemon squeasy!