Recipe by Sarah Ottino (@veganrecipesandvibes)
Yield: 6 servings | Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes | Total time: 15 minutes
Can you guys tell I’ve been experimenting a lot with hummus lately? No that was not a typo, this recipe actually has hummus in it! It’s super creamy and even tastes a bit like vodka-sauce. Hummus is my secret ingredient for making jarred red sauce actually taste good. Its fast, easy, and doesn’t even need cheese!
1 pound (16oz) penne pasta
1 container (10oz) grape tomatoes
1/2 of a small white onion
2 cups of vegan chicken (optional)
Fresh basil for topping (optional)
1/3 cup plain hummus
1 ½ cups tomato sauce (any brand is fine)
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp garlic powder
A few sprinkles of crushed red pepper
4 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional but recommended)
Salt & pepper to taste
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box.
Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan or sauce pan on medium heat.
Chop your onion, grape tomatoes, and vegan chicken. Add all to the pan and cook. ○ You shouldn't need to add any oil to the pan here since the tomatoes contain a lot of water. If things start to stick, try adding a small splash of water. A good non-stick pan helps too!
Cook for 5-8 minutes until tomatoes are soft, onions are translucent, and vegan chicken is warmed.
Add all the ingredients under the "tomato sauce" list to the pan.
Stir gently to combine.
Taste and add any additional spices or seasonings you'd like.
Once the sauce is warmed through, toss it with the penne in the larger pot. ○ If it looks like there's not enough sauce on your pasta, add a splash more of the jarred tomato sauce and a spoonful of hummus. Mix gently to combine. It should look a little bit like a chunky vodka sauce.
Dish up and top with fresh basil.
Tips and Tricks:
If you use store-bought hummus, it most likely will contain some oil. If you would like this recipe to be totally oil-free, try using some homemade hummus instead! There are lots of oil-free recipes out there, and I will be experimenting with some next week.
Nutrition & Servings: (calculated by MyFitnessPal)
^ Nutrition facts include the ingredients listed above, including 1/2 of a bag of the Gardein meatless chick'n strips, and the Newman's Own tomato & basil pasta sauce. Nutrition facts may change slightly if additional ingredients are added.