YES, IT REALLY IS VEGAN! And, trust me - there are no sacrifices on taste or flavor! With just 3 main ingredients, you have the perfect combo for a delicious meal with minimal effort or culinary expertise needed. The ingredients define this recipe!
What are vegan sausages?
Vegan sausages are amongst the numerous, plant-based meat products that are popping up in the markets. Thanks to the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger (not sure which came first?), plant-based meat options have now become mainstream in most markets and even restaurant menus.
There are numerous brands of plant-based sausages to choose from ranging in flavors such as Italian, Mexican, Cajun and German. They vary in textures, casings (or none), and how well they hold up to different cooking techniques. I am writing about this newcomer to the market because it did incredibly well in all areas of taste, texture and stability.
While researching deeper into the "No Evil" brand of plant based meats, I became an even bigger fan. Their care for the people, planet and animals is at the core of their business - it's not just for profit! All the way down to the packaging, which is fully home compostable!
A little excerpt from the "No Evil" website sharing their mission section:
No Evil exists to empower people to make positive changes for themselves, the environment, and the welfare of animals through awesome food. Do No Evil is the crux of what we do and the center from which all good emanates. We’re family founded, majority women-led, human centered, and purpose-powered, and we’re determined to bring people closer to the origins of their food while addressing issues like food insecurity, economic justice, and climate change. At The Axis, No Evil Foods’ homebase, we cut through the noise, speak our truth, and attempt to change the world one bite at a time.
SIMPLY PUT, OUR MISSION IS PEOPLE, PLANET, AND ANIMALS
So , what's not to love about these sausages ... awesome taste with a positive impact on our planet!
What is Romanesco Broccoli?
Another unique ingredient in this sauté is Romanesco Broccoli - also referred to as Broccoflower or Roman Cauliflower. As you can probably tell by its appearance, it is a hybrid between broccoli and cauliflower but has a beautiful chartreuse color and a "fractal" form. Each bud is composed of a series of smaller buds, all arranged in yet another logarithmic spiral. The self-similar pattern continues into several smaller levels until reaches a peak and ends.
The taste is most similar to broccoli with a bit of an earthier profile and nutty taste. It is a pricier than broccoli and cauliflower but it is worth every penny. Just think how impressed your guests will be if served Romanesco in a salad, crudité or as a side dish. Another beautiful gift from the earth!
When and where can I buy Romanesco Broccoli?
Romanesco broccoli is available in most markets beginning in the fall and through the winter months. Don't hesitate to buy romanesco as there are numerous ways to use it in recipes or as a side dish. You can substitute it in place of cauliflower or broccoli in recipes. Or simply eat it raw! It's great as a crunchy snack, dipped in hummus.
What pasta do you recommend?
Any pasta will work with this recipe but I highly recommend Mung Bean Gluten-Free Fusilli. . It isn't "gummy" or "mushy" like many gluten-free pastas. And, the flavor of the mung beans really stand out in this pasta and complement the other ingredients in this dish.
Just in case your wondering, I will only share products on my blog that I have experience cooking with and that I approve for use in my kitchen!
This is an incredibly easy one pan sauté that is defined by its unique and flavorful ingredients - vegan sausage, romanesco and mung bean pasta!
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 head of Romanesco Broccoli, separated into bite size pieces
1 package No-Evil "The Stallion" Italian sausage (Vegan)
26 oz container chopped tomatoes
8 oz Mung Bean Fusilli (Gluten-Free)
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
- Heat a pot of water for the pasta and cook according to directions.
- Prepare the ingredients for the sauté. Remove outer casing from the sausages and slice crosswise or on a diagonal.
- Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a heated non-stick pan. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and sliced sausages and cook until heated thru approximately 6 minutes.
- Add the romanesco brocolli. Cover and cook for an additional 5 - 7 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cook until flavors are blended. Add salt to taste.
- Separate the pasta into bowls, spoon in the sauté mixture and top with chopped basil.
Keywords: vegan sausage recipes, mung bean pasta, romanesco broccoli