Vegan Sausage Pasta Bake

Vegan Sausage Pasta Bake

Recently, a local market had a sudden influx of plant-based options—Lightlife Smoky Bacon Tempeh, Plant-Based Bratwurst, and Gardein sliced Italian saus’ge. This shop has constantly revolving inventory, so I knew I had to stock up, and stock up I did! I found that the “bacon” was quite tasty on its own (I love tempeh) and the bratwurst went beautifully with some simple broccoli. The Italian saus’ge slices reminded me of meatball pizza (which I had to make, of course). But that led to a bit of an Italian food streak, including a vegan sausage pasta bake.

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Now, I’m a big fan of pasta. I eat some sort of it at least once a week. More realistically, it’s far more often. Usually, it’s simple pasta with sauce, and maybe some Earth Grown (Aldi) or Gardein meatballs. Sometimes it’s my go-to vegan alfredo recipe. Now, it just might be this vegan sausage pasta bake!

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Besides eating far too much of it, my favourite experience with this pasta bake actually has to do with my non-vegan sister. I made a dish of this pasta for the first time and sat it on the stove to cool a bit before diving in. I left the room and my sister went into the kitchen for something. When she saw the casserole dish of warm pasta, she thought it was something our mom had made. She had no idea it was vegan, and even commented on how good it looked! My family doesn’t quite “get” my veganism, so this was a huge win. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that it taste pretty great.

Vegan Sausage Pasta Bake

I recently tried some new-to-me plant-based foods, including Gardein's sliced Italian sausage, which led to this easy vegan sausage pasta bake!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Casserole Dish, greased

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces pasta prepared
  • 24 ounces tomato sauce
  • 12 ounces non-dairy milk
  • 6-8 ounces vegan mozzarella
  • 4 ounces Gardein plant-based sliced italian saus'ge lightly browned
  • to taste oregano

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Add tomato sauce, milk, cooked pasta, and oregano to greased casserole dish and stir to coat.
  • Add sausage slices and cheese to taste (saving some cheese for topping) and stir to combine.
  • Top with cheese and extra oregano, if desired.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is brown and melted.
  • Serve & enjoy!

Notes

  1. I like to pour the non-dairy milk directly into the tomato sauce jar & shake to get the remnants in there!
  2. I typically use Earth Grown mozzarella shreds. But remember, some vegan cheese won't melt as well as their non-vegan counterparts—but they'll be delicious nevertheless! 
  3. Can substitute Italian seasoning blend in place of oregano, if preferred. 
Keyword Baked, Pasta


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salad stuffed shells

Salad Stuffed Shells

I love pasta salad.  But I also love veggies and recognise their importance. So, when I saw an image of salad stuffed shells on Pinterest (are you following us yet?), I knew I had to try it.  I got a few strange looks from my family—I won’t deny it, it does seem strange—but it was so delicious that I didn’t care.

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I kept the toppings separate so we could mix and match, but you could easily combine them all initially to make the “filling.”  Here, I just used some simple cherry tomatoes alongside the lettuce.

I used Italian dressing here, but feel free to grab your favourite!  I’m sure a creamy dressing would go beautifully with the pasta shells. Try it for yourself and see!

Really, the beauty of this recipe is in its versatility. Use your favourite greens and whatever you’d grab off a salad bar. Croutons, shredded carrots, or even diced red beets would add colour, flavour, and texture! However you fill them, these salad stuffed shells are a tasty, if unconventional, dish.

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Salad Stuffed Shells

These salad stuffed shells are a great way to satisfy pasta cravings while getting your veggies in!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large head lettuce
  • 1 12 oz. box jumbo shell pasta
  • salad toppings (tomato, cucumber, or whatever you like best!
  • your favourite salad dressing

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta according to directions on box.  Once cooked, drain pasta and allow it to cool.  
  • Meanwhile, chop/shred lettuce and prepare toppings as desired.
  • Add salad mixture to cooled shells individually. Top with dressing to taste.  
  • Serve & enjoy!

Super simple, and great for a hot summer day! Let us know in the comments if you try these salad stuffed shells for yourself, or tag us at @anideallifeblog.