I have a fun little secret for you guys. This amazing pasta is actually…vegetarian! ?
Ok, well actually, it can be or it doesn’t have to be. If you’re a fan of traditional Italian sausage or chicken sausage, you can totally stick with that. But…as a new member of the My-Fiancé-Is-A-Vegetarian Club, I thought I’d let you guys in today on one of my favorite ingredients for plant-based cooking that my vegetarian and non-vegetarian friends alike all rave about. Like, truly. I’ve been swapping this stuff into recipes in place of traditional Italian sausage for years and years — especially when I know that we have vegetarians or vegans at a gathering — and everyone not only comments on the amazing flavor, but almost always asks for the brand and where they can find it. (Oh, and they rarely guess that it’s meat-free.)
So if you’re a vegetarian or vegan looking for a hearty, delicious, Italian sausage alternative — or, like me, just trying to eat less meat in general, or cooking for a vegetarian — I genuinely recommend tracking down a package to try.
Have any of you guys tried it before?
I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been a fan of 95% of the meatless Italian “sausages” that I’ve tried over the years. (And believe me, I’ve tried quite a few, since I tend to get a little iffy about everything that goes into traditional sausages.) But some of my vegan friends in Kansas City introduced me to this brand about five years ago, back when they were available at Costco. And I immediately got hooked…and haven’t looked back since. And now Barclay is totally hooked on them as well.
We love them because…
(Oh, and just to be clear, this isn’t a sponsored post at all. Just a friendly PSA from your food blogger, who genuinely recommends the stuff. ?)
Anyway, we use Field Roast to make a simple pasta or stir-fry at least once or twice a month, usually just adding in whatever leftover ingredients I have on hand. But today’s recipe is one of our favorites — Pasta with Italian Sausage, Kale (or some sort of greens), Mushrooms (or whatever other veggies are around), with lots and lots of garlic and Parmesan.
Just cook the pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile, sauté the Italian sausage until it’s nice and browned and crispy. Then transfer it to a separate plate, and sauté the mushrooms and kale until they’re softened and cooked through. Add lots and lots of fragrant garlic. Maybe a splash of white wine. And then…
…voila! A huge and delicious pot of pasta will be yours to enjoy!!
Again, feel totally free to stick with traditional Italian sausage if that’s your thing. But as someone who’s trying to eat less and less meat — and now has extra motivation to do so cooking for this handsome vegetarian all of the time — I just wanted you to know about this product! And this awesome pasta recipe. ;)
This delicious Pasta with Italian Sausage, Kale and Mushrooms is full of big savory flavors, it’s easy to prepare, and can be made vegetarian if you’d like!
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!