Tuesday, June 29, 2010

QUORN Product review - Meat free Soy Free Mince

My 2nd post on QUORN products, stars a frozen packet of Mince. And my special vegetarian pasta recipe, that I've made time and time again, without fail, with whatever vegies i have on hand :)

I usually make a huge pot of this, and have it for lunch at work for a week. It's very healthy, full of vegetables, lots of garlic (i love my garlic!) and is definitely a satisfying meal for a vegetarian. So with the mince in the freezer i thought i'd add this in.

The product itself, does not look very appetizing (i wish i had taken a photo of it but its a bit hard when you're doing all the cooking!), its a dark grey brown colour and frozen into a big ball, i placed it in after the sauce was made, and crushed it up so that it could thaw and cook in the sauce.

The result? My yummy pasta sauce, with mince, that i would say... would be an 80% pass for a meat style pasta sauce. I think if i had added in two packets, it would've been nicer.

Chop up:
1-2 carrots
1-2 bulbs of garlic
2 white onions
small jar of sundried tomatoes
2 green capsicums
800g mushrooms
4 tomatoes

these can all vary, depending on what you have at home, or what vegetables you like more. I like to add in a small jar of olives as well if i have any :)

one packet of QUORN mince

adjust this to two packets if you can.

1 large jar dolmio sauce 'extra garlic'
1 large can whole peeled/crushed tomatoes

one packet of pasta

I'd never noticed this curly fettacine so decided to try it out, i think it gives the pasta a bit of a funky twist with all the curls :O)


1. Add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil into a pot, when heated up stir through the garlic and onion, with half a tablespoon of salt (so that the onions dont brown).

2. Add mushrooms and stir through till they have softened slightly, and have released some juices into the pan.

3. Stir through the canned tomatoes, and jar of sauce, crushing the whole tomatoes, while the sauce heats up.

4. Add the carrots, capsicum, chopped tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, and stir through.

5. Over medium heat, stirring every 5 minutes, let the sauce simmer until the vegies are cooked.

*tip: microwave the carrot in a dish with half a cup of water, so that they don't take too long to cook in the pot.*

Bon Apetit!


Mark @ Cafe Campana said...

This looks very good. I would enjoy eating this as left overs all week long.

Phil said...

Did your sister pass this off as meat too? :D

Kristy Sayer said...

Looks good Betty! I agree with you on the curly fettucine :P

A cupcake or two said...

I am so curious about Quorn. I love meat but I would totally try a meat free product.

Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! said...

Mmm can't go wrong with pasta wether it has meat or not. Oh I love garlic too! Yay! =D

Tina said...

OOh - I haven't seen curly fettucine before - how cute!

Maria said...

Betty, this looks so colourful and yummy! :)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Betty, is this better than TVP? Cos that can be pretty strange at times depending on the type that you get :)