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September 13, 2021

Plant-Based Garlic Mushroom Red Sauce

Plant-Based Garlic Mushroom Red Sauce is a great way to add some extra protein and vegetables to your pasta night. Filled with classic tomato sauce flavors, this is an easy weeknight pasta dish.

Plant-Based Garlic Mushroom Red Sauce

I'm going to be honest: red sauce isn't my favorite food. I like eating pasta with tomato sauce, but I don't love an overwhelming amount of sauce. Call me crazy.

That said, this red sauce has a few additions that make it a delicious and nutritious sauce for tomato sauce lovers and crazy people like me.

I've taken a traditional pasta sauce recipe and added some veggies - mushrooms, and some protein rich tempeh. Mushrooms and tempeh add some extra bulk to the sauce, turning it from a nutritionally basic recipe to a well-balanced meal!

Recipe Features

  • Dietary needs — this recipe is dairy-free, plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free
  • Nutrient dense — with a high protein content and hidden veggies this plant-based garlic mushroom red sauce is super healthy
  • Weeknight meal — this sauce comes together in just 25 minutes, whip up some pasta and you've got a quick and easy weeknight meal

Plant-Based Garlic Mushroom Red Sauce

Ingredients

  • White Onion:  White onion has a fairly neutral onion flavor, but you can also use a yellow or red onion.
  • Tomato Paste: I used tomato paste for intense tomato flavor.
  • Diced Tomatoes: To make this recipe super prep-friendly I used canned tomatoes. Be sure to buy tomatoes that don't have added sugar or preservatives.
  • Mushrooms: I like to buy pre-sliced mushrooms to save on prep time.
  • Garlic: For a kick of umami flavor.
  • Herbs & Spices: Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Dried Oregano, Dried Basil, Dried Thyme - classic red sauce spices.
  • Tempeh: Tempeh is made from fermented soy beans - not only is it gut friendly, it's also high in protein. Head over to the vegan section of the grocery store to pick up a package.

Plant-Based Garlic Mushroom Red Sauce

How to Make Plant-Based Garlic Mushroom Red Sauce

Step 1. Add the onion to a pan and sauté 2-3 minutes, until they start to get soft and brown. Watch for sticking.

Step 2. Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, and spices to the pan. Bring to a boil then simmer 10 minutes.

Step 3. When the sauce has thickened add the tempeh. Cook 3-5 minutes more until the tempeh is warm.

Step 4. Serve with your favorite pasta and enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for this meal. Watch over us as we eat. Amen.

Plant-Based Garlic Mushroom Red Sauce

Related Recipes

Want other pasta recipes? Check out this Spinach Mushroom Pasta or this Plant-Based Pad Thai recipe next!

Plant-Based Garlic Mushroom Red Sauce

Plant-Based Garlic Mushroom Red Sauce is a great way to add some extra protein and vegetables to your pasta night. Filled with classic tomato sauce flavors, this is an easy weeknight pasta dish.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

4

Prep:

5

min

cook:

20

min

total:

25

min

Ingredients

  • 1 White Onion, diced
  • 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 28oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 8 Ounces Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1 Head Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 8oz. Block Tempeh, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Add the onion to a pan and sauté 2-3 minutes, until they start to get soft and brown. Watch for sticking.
  2. Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, and spices to the pan. Bring to a boil then simmer 10 minutes.
  3. When the sauce has thickened add the tempeh. Cook 3-5 minutes more until the tempeh is warm.
  4. Serve with your favorite pasta and enjoy!
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August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography