Spaghetti with Vegetarian Meat Sauce Recipe

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Sometimes, despite your best efforts to be incredibly unique, creative and inspiring in the kitchen, you just make something familiar. Something nostalgic. A dish that brings you back to the uncomplicated, carefree days of your youth. For me? That’s spaghetti and meat sauce.

I could eat this stuff everyday for the rest of my life with absolutely no shame. The beautiful bowl of chunky sauce and soft, delicate noodles may look like the stuff your mamma made you, but, unless she was vegetarian of course, it probably isn’t. Remember how I gushed about this amazing vegetarian sausage I found at the store? Well, it makes yet another appearance on this blog. Except this time it is not wrapped in lettuce, it’s covered in homemade chunky marinara (minus the meat, of course).

This dish just makes me feel good. I’m not worrying about calories or fat grams when I’m eating it. And I’m certainly not racking my brain for ways to make this trendy enough to be on a food blog. No no. When I make this? I just eat it. With a simple glass of wine. No TV. No phone. It sort of transports me back to those days not so long ago when I was just a kid sitting at her family’s dinner table.

Sometimes, a girl just needs that. A simple, healthy and filling dish that reminds her of times when shit wasn’t so complicated, so ridiculous, so exhausting. When the only concern was just how many scoops of ice cream she could have for dessert and whether or not she should bike around the block twice or just once. If you need a break from the computer, your phone and life, make this. Sit at your table in silence and savor every spicy, thick and incredibly flavorful forkful and enjoy that moment. Because really, you never know when you’ll have that again.

Want the recipe? Of course you do, it’s Monday. CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE! Just add your favorite pasta!

Nutritional information per serving (4 ounces pasta & 1/2 cup sauce):

Calories: 224
Fat: 6.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 28.5 grams
Fiber: 3.4 grams
Protein: 11.6 grams
Weight Watchers Points:  6

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  1. Posted by Kelly on
    Monday, July 30th, 2012
    Yummy!  This looks fantastic! :)
  2. Posted by Cassie Laemmli on
    Monday, July 30th, 2012
    Yes! I love this. Vegetarian pasta sauce is my favorite! 
  3. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Monday, July 30th, 2012
    We just had pasta with meat sauce last night! It definitely screams comfort! I love how you veggied this up!
  4. Posted by kjpugs on
    Monday, July 30th, 2012
    That looks awesome! I am trying to go more meatless and just bought some meatless meatballs (I usually start by BUYING before I try making, lol) Love a guiltless take on comfort food like this.
    • Monday, July 30th, 2012
      That looks so delicious, hard to believe it's meatless, from the pictures it totally doesn't look it. I haven't tried any meatless "meat" products yet but might have to give it a try :)
  5. Posted by Baker Street on
    Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
    Wow! This looks amazing! Love your veggie take on this recipe. :) 
  6. Posted by PB and Peppers on
    Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
    Your spaghetti looks so delicious!  Yum!
  7. Posted by Baking Serendipity on
    Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
    Spaghetti is my favorite comfort food too :) Your vegetarian version looks fantastic!