As requested from my twitter page (www.twitter.com/missmarilynTO) I decided to share my recipe for my vegan chickpea Bolognese pasta dish! As many of you know, I’m a vegetarian and love finding new ways to sneak in protein, fibre and vitamins into my everyday meals that I loved ‘pre-vegetarianism.’ It’s a very basic recipe but packed full of protein!
(You’ll notice the base of this is a tomato sauce, I make my own at home in HUGE batches but you can use the plainest store bought tomato sauce and it will be almost the same!)
1 package of pasta such as linguine
3 tbsp of olive oil
1/2 white or yellow onion, chopped
1 rib of celery finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 cup of chopped button mushrooms
1/4 tsp salt
1 clove of garlic , minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp of dried basil
Dash of cayenne pepper
1/2 cup of tomato sauce
1 – 15 oz can of whole chick peas
-Cook pasta according to the package directions.
-In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrot and cook for 5 minutes until they soften and become golden in spots. Add the mushrooms and the salt and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic herbs and cayenne.
-Stir in the tomato paste and sauce.
-Bring to a gentle simmer and then fold in the chickpeas.
Well, there you have it: a totally vegan, totally delicious dinner that's complete within minutes!
I love food; whether it be cooking a classic for myself, something I found in a recipe book and am trying for the first time; but, sometimes I’m lazy, and would rather meet with a friend out somewhere high end where ‘tartar’ is definitely on the menu, or a dive bar where I can get a can of my favourite cider for $5 and our whole meal is under $20. I can do it all, that’s how far my love of food spreads.
I decided to start a little ‘blog’ if you will, to show off a bit more of my personality and to get a little deeper into my cooking skills and tastes. There is a warning with this blog, you will get hungry and possibly aroused by the way I speak about my personal favourite treats for my tongue. Go grab a snack, I’ll wait until you get back….ready? Great, let’s start into Chef Marilyn’s kitchen, I’ll spill some of my secret recipes for you and give you insight on where to find me munching down out on the town.