- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup finely chopped white or yellow onion
- 1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Several pinches of freshly ground black pepper
- One link meatless chorizo (I recommend Yves Veggie Chorizo)
- Pasta of your choice (we used one whole box of DeBoles Gluten-Free Angel Hair Pasta)
- As much nutritional yeast as you want (a cheesy substitute for parmesan)
- Preheat a saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Add the extra virgin olive oil.
- Sweat 1 cup of finely chopped white or yellow onion for about 15 minutes (to sweat, keep the heat low and cover, stirring every few minutes - the onions SHOULD NOT brown).
- Uncover and cook for 15 more minutes at higher heat, until browned and caramelized.
- Sauté 1 cup of thinly sliced mushrooms.
- Add the garlic and sauté for about a minute, until fragrant (DO NOT let the garlic burn)
- Add the remaining ingredients (tomatoes, thyme, oregano, salt, cayenne, black pepper), cover, and raise the heat a bit to bring to a simmer.
- Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While the sauce is simmering, boil a large pot of water, add a pinch of salt, and add the pasta, and cook to al dente (firm but not hard - there should be some resistance in the center).
- Slice chorizo into thin rounds and and add to sauce with about 5 minutes left to simmer (the Yves Chorizo is already cooked so it only needs some heating up).
- Strain pasta and add it to saucepan.
- Mix well until the pasta is completely covered.
- Sprinkle some Nutritional Yeast on top for your Parmesan cheese substitute (optional).
- EAT UP!
That's it! The recipe takes about 45 minutes of your life to prepare and leaves you happy all night. It may look like a few more steps than you are accustomed but believe me, if I can do it, you can do it. The pasta is light, but filling. The sauce is perfectly spiced with a little bit of a kick from the garlic, cayenne, and chorizo. It is slightly sweet from the caramelized onions but not nearly as sweet as the store-bought brands that are filled with sugar. If you crave pasta from time to time (I can totally empathize), then this meal is a delicious, healthy way to satisfy your craving. As with all recipes, feel free to improvise. Add some broccoli or spinach to give yourself some greens or get rid of the mushrooms if you aren't into them. It's all good!
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