Linguine with Vegan Sausage and Creamy Tomato Sauce

“There will always be someone smarter, richer and better-looking than you.” 

This has been my mom’s go-to piece of advice since I was about 5 years old. I’ve heard it a million times, and I’ve never been completely convinced of its value. It seems more like a bleak observation on life than actual advice. Or that it’s perhaps incomplete, and a second, more uplifting part of the sentence was supposed to follow but got lost along the way.  
 
Whatever the case may be, I can’t help but think about it all the time since moving to New York. Pretty much everyone I meet owns their own company/just published a novel/rules a small country in their spare time. Sometimes this motivates me, and other times I just spiral into a state of panic at the fact that I’m 26 and haven’t done anything amazing yet.
 
And then I eat 3 plates of pasta while crying. 

 Vegan Sausage Pasta

Just kidding about the pasta, but probably only because I don’t love pasta in the first place. I love pasta sauce, and I love ordering pasta and then picking out the vegetables and olives, but I’ve never been a fan of the actual spaghetti. I’m definitely in the minority when it comes to noodle-hating, and this recipe earned top marks with non-vegan taste testers, so I’m excited to share this dish with you regardless.
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Vegan Sausage Pasta

 This is actually a veganized version of one of my boss and his wife’s favorite recipes, originally made with real sausage and heavy cream. After watching Forks Over Knives, they’ve switched to a more plant-based diet and decided to modify their favorite dish into a vegan version, and here it is.  

Vegan Sausage Pasta

I don’t normally describe my meals as “creamy and meaty,” but there’s no other description for this tomato sauce. It’s a tiny bit spicy and has that homemade taste that pasta from a jar, no matter how good it is, never quite has. It’s definitely a dish I would  recommend to non-vegans or new vegans who feel most comfortable eating modified versions of the dishes they already know and love. Or just people who love Italian food in general. 
 
As you can see below, this is a super simple recipe that will take you under 30 minutes and just a few easy steps. But the coolest part is that it further demonstrates the shift away from meat products and towards plant-based diets. More and more of my friends and acquaintances are making the switch or just incorporating more vegan meals into their routines. It’s a conscious and collective effort that’s gaining momentum, and while I might always be in the minority when it comes to hating noodles, I don’t think I will be for long when it comes to veganism. Check back in ten years.
 
Vegan Sausage Pasta
 
 Vegan Sausage Pasta
 
Linguine with Creamy Tomato Sauce and Vegan Sausage
Serves 6
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 3 shallots, chopped
  3. 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  4. 1 pound vegan sausages -- http://fieldroast.com/product/sausage-links/
  5. 1 cup original almond-coconut milk blend
  6. 2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes in juice with Italian seasonings
  7. 1 tablespoon dried sage
  8. 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  9. 3/4 pound linguine
Instructions
  1. Sautee garlic and shallots in oil over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes.
  2. Crumble vegan sausages with hand and add to pan. Cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn heat to low and add almond milk. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes with juices and spices and let simmer for about 15 minutes, until sauce thickens.
  5. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and save 1/2 cup of pasta water.
  6. Combine pasta and sauce over low heat, making sure pasta is fully coated. Add additional pasta water if mixture is dry.
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Vegan Sausage Pasta

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