Three Ingredient Pasta Bolognese
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Yield: 1 serving
  • 1 cup dry rotini
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup vegetarian ground "meat"*
  • ½ cup pasta sauce**
  1. If making this in the microwave, combine the dry rotini, water, and a pinch of salt in the biggest microwave-safe bowl you have. If you're not making this in the microwave (congrats on having access to an actual stove), then boil the pasta as directed on the box and skip directly to step 4.
  2. Microwave on high power for 2 minutes, then stir. Keep an eye on it to see if the water bubbles the side of the bowl, then stir sooner if needed. If you need to stir it, use oven mitts or a kitchen towel so you don’t burn yourself!
  3. Continue microwaving in 2-minute intervals until the pasta is cooked. Stir between each interval and continue microwaving until the pasta is soft and cooked through. This should take 4 to 8 minutes total, depending on your microwave strength. If the pasta absorbs all the water before the pasta is cooked, add another 2 tablespoons of water. Remove the bowl from the microwave (using oven mitts or a kitchen towel).
  4. If making this in the stovetop, heat a small greased skillet over medium hight heat. Add in the meatless meat (or regular meat) and cook, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly warmed and starting to brown, about 4 minutes. If you're using real meat and are starting with raw ground beef, then obviously cook longer and make sure you cook it through. (No raw meat please! Be safe!) Stir in the sauce and cook for 2-3 more minutes until cooked through.
  5. If making in the microwave, add the meatless meat to a microwave safe bowl and microwave, covered, for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir in pasta sauce. Microwave covered for 45 seconds. Stir and microwave for another 15 seconds. Add pasta and stir gently to combine. Devour.
*I use the beef-less crumbles from my beloved Trader Joe's. I've also used their soyrizo in this and it was surprisingly amazing. But feel free to use pretty much any meat substitute you want. I feel like chopped tempeh would be amazing! Of course, you can also use regular ol' meat if you're not a vegetarian.
**Jarred or homemade, make sure to use a high-quality sauce that you love, because it will determine the flavor of the sauce.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: the whole recipe! Calories: 220 Net Carbs: 16g Protein: 24g
Recipe by Foodie Fiasco at