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Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Vegan Sausage Pasta

Need a quick dinner idea that’s vegetarian? The recipe below was something that came together really quick and went over well with the non-vegetarians in the house too.

Here’s what you will need:

1/2 pound pasta
4 teaspoons olive oil
11 ounces spicy Italian sausage-less sausage (available at Trader Joes)
5/8 onion, chopped
2-3/4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red bell pepper (cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
5/8 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
5/8 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach

Directions: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and add the pasta. I used whole wheat angel hair pasta, but any pasta will do. Cook the pasta for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente and then drain and reserve for the other ingredients.

In a large skillet, heat oil and the faux sausage, but don’t over-cook it, it’s done when it’s slightly brown. During the last few minutes of cooking though, add onion and garlic to the skillet. Add the bell pepper, basil and tomatoes with the liquid as well.

Cook all of this over medium heat for a minute, add the chopped spinach and then cover skillet and simmer on reduced heat until spinach is tender.

Add the pasta to skillet and mix together, and then it’s ready to serve.

For more meal ideas, and veggie tips, check out my book, “The Beginners Guide to Becoming a Vegetarian,” on Amazon.

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