pasta and red sauce

Pasta and Red sauce a weekly staple in our home. My husband is used to me mixing-up the sauce to explore adding veggie that enhance the dish with added protein, vitamins and antioxidants.

This evening…since it’s “Kale”ness Month… I sauteed onions, mushroom, kale along with the Plant-Base meat (Impossible Burger) with the red sauce and it was delicious! Hard to taste the Kale but it added all the vitamins, minerals and ontioxidants to the dish. For added protein and flavors I tried a interesting pasta by Explorer Cuisine (found at Costco)…Black Bean & Sesame Fettuccini!

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Pasta and Red Sauce

A delicious easy to prepare dish. Think of my preparations and modifications as a fortified Spaghetti with Meat Sauce.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine African, All American
Servings 4 Servings


  • 1 8 oz pkg Pasta Of your choice
  • 1 24 oz Jar Organic Tomato Sauce Marinara, or homemade if you have time.
  • 1 pkg Ground Plant-based beef Imposssible, Beyond Beef Brands or Regular ground beef- OR Omit altogether
  • 1 medium Sweet Onion
  • 8 oz Chopped Mushrooms White, Baby Bells, Creminis....your option.
  • 1 cup Chopped Curley Kale Or other varieties if you wish
  • Fresh Garlic Minced or powder
  • Onion powder To taste
  • Oregano To taste
  • Fresh basil chopped
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese Optional (Reg or Plant-based Cheese)


  • Heat up a large pan/skillet on the burner to prep to saute. Separately, begin to boil water for the pasta.
  • Chop/dice onion, mushrooms and kale.
  • Starting with the onions, if they begin to stick add some Vegetable broth. nce they are translucent, add mushrooms and kale. Saute for a few minutes until well blended...
  • Add ground meat of your choice mixing to break up pieces and blending with the sauteed vegetables.
  • Once all blended and meat is no longer pink, add the tomato sauce. Simmer for few minutes until the pasta is done.
  • Drain the pasta, rinsing with cool water to stop the cooking process.
  • Layer Pasta then Red Sauce Mixture...sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese if you wish or garnish with a little more chopped Kale.
  • Serve with a Mixed Green Salad, a piece of whole grain bread (preferably @DavesKillerBread) and a nice glass of Red Wine!


Melissa's Modifications: Pasta & sauce can be adapted to any diet or lifestyle choices. Be creative with what you like and mix it up. Adding veggies and especially kale in your red tomato sauce is a great disguise if you have children not fond of vegetables (or adults for that matter!). If you try this recipe or a deviation, let me know how it turned our. Love to hear from you as well as any adaptations you may have made to the recipe!
Nutritional Values: 1 Serving (Pasta & Sauce*) 509 Calories; Fat 17g; Carbs 21g; Fiber 17g; Protein 41g.
*Removing the meat would reduce the calories, fat and carbs.
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