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Vegan Smoky BBQ Farfalle

Coming up with quick, easy, repeatable weeknight meals that don’t contain meat or dairy can be a massive ballache. It’s a large contributer to why I haven’t taken the plunge into actual proper vegan yet.

Therefore, whenever I happen upon one, I’ll do my level best to share it with you. This vegan cheesy pasta from back in January is dinner for me at least twice a week, so be sure to bookmark that one too if you share in my plant based dinner inspiration struggles.

This recipe yields enough for one portion for you for dinner tonight and three portions boxed up in tupperware for work – all for well under a fiver. One of the major positives to chilling out on the meat and dairy front.

Notes on ingredients:

If you’ve never used Old El Paso fajitas mix outside of its meal kit context before, you haven’t lived. That stuff is like gold dust, and deserves its own place in the kitchen cupboard alongside your other staple spices.

The best vegan mince I’ve tried to date is ASDA’s own brand soya mince, found in the freezer section next to the Quorn stuff (which, for the record, is not vegan.. last I checked).

Serves 4

300g farfalle
1/2 bag (or about 200g) vegan mince
3 peppers
2 onions
1 sachet Old El Paso smoky BBQ spice mix
1 tub salsa

  1. Boil pasta according to pack instructions, reserving a cup of pasta water just before draining. Set aside.
  2. Roughly chop the peppers and onions and cook in olive oil until beginning to brown.
  3. Add the mince and cook until defrosted, add the BBQ spice mix sachet.
  4. Finally, pour in the pasta water and salsa and stir to combine, then throw in the pasta and mix until each pasta shape is coated.

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