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Vegetarian Helper
  • 1 pack of plant-based ground meat
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • ½ chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ cup of tomato paste
  • 4 cups of veggie broth
  • 1 1/2 cups of dry uncooked elbow pasta
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese, can be plant-based
  • Cilantro for garnish
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil on medium heat, then add onions and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes until onions are translucent in color. Add ground meat, cook for about 3 minutes (stirring every minute or so).

  2. Toss in spices and tomato paste; cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add vegetable broth and then bring to a boil. Once boiling, add pasta, then cook for 8 minutes or until about half the liquid has evaporated, stirring every minute. If it dries out too quickly, add about ¼ cup of liquid at a time to achieve desired consistency (and ensure pasta cooks through)
  3. Reduce to simmer and stir in cheese. Cook for another 2 minutes until cheese is melted. Top with cilantro. Enjoy!