How to Make Pan-Roasted Garlic Penne with Quorn
Quorn is a popular meat substitute that’s used by people in many parts of UK, Ireland, Sweden, the United States and several other countries. Quorn essentially replicates the taste and the texture of meat. The main ingredient is mycoprotein, and according to the company, the carbon footprint of the product is at least 80% less than that of beef. Quorn is available as a cooking ingredient or as a series of different ready to eat meals. It is available in many health food stores throughout the UK.
You can use Quorn in a variety of dishes as a cooking ingredient. It doesn’t matter if you are a meat-eater or a vegetarian, using Quorn is a great way to enhance the flavour of your food. If you like pasta, one of the best dishes that you can try is pan-roasted garlic penne with Quorn. It’s relatively easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of time and effort either. Here’s what you will need:
- 1/2 lb. penne pasta
- 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- A medium carrot, chopped
- 8 large garlic cloves
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
- 3/4 cup dry red wine
- A pinch of red pepper flakes
- 15 oz diced tomatoes, with juice
- ½ cup oil cured olives
- Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
- 1 cup arugula or spinach
- 6 oz of Quorn crumbles
Once you have assembled all the ingredients, it is time to start cooking. Boil a pot of water for the pasta. While the water is boiling, put a large non-stick sauté pan with olive oil on the stove and set it to high heat. Wait until the oil begins to sizzle in the pan then add the garlic cloves. When the garlic begins to sizzle, you should reduce the heat to medium or medium-low. Stir occasionally for around 7 minutes and let the vegetables simmer. In a short while, the garlic will be tender. Try testing it by using a knife to pierce through. Add a bit of wine and olives into the mixture and cook on high heat.
Let the mixture boil for at least 4 minutes. Once the wine is reduced by half, you can then add tomatoes, arugula and red pepper flakes. Wait until the sauce thickens before adding Quorn to the fray and then stir until it’s properly cooked. Follow the instructions on the package in order to cook the pasta and then add salt as per your requirements. Once that is done, drain the pasta carefully before adding the hot sauce to the sauté pan. Grate some cheese on top of the dish and then serve it hot. You can also add just a bit of spinach or oregano in order to really bring out the flavour!