I love the Skinnytaste.com website. There are so many delicious and weight-conscious dishes to make. In the past couple of months, I’ve made the broccoli cheese and potato soup and the pumpkin spice no-bake cheesecake. So. Much. Yum. (Plus, since I’m the type of person who could eat the same things over and over, it’s nice to add in a little variety.)
As I was browsing the other day, I found a recipe for orecchiette pasta with sausage and broccoli (original recipe here). It looked delicious but isn’t something my vegetarian family would be able to eat as is. Luckily, this is a recipe that is SUPER easy to “vegetarianize” and substitute in a meat replacement.
There are a few options out there but I decided (as a first attempt) to use the Field Roast brand Smoked Apple Sage Sausage. It also happens to be vegan, so if you leave out the cheese you can make this meal entirely vegan too!
Here’s the original Skinnytaste recipe with my Field Roast substitution:
The cooking instructions are pretty simple, which makes for a great (and filling) weeknight meal.
Overall, I enjoyed this meal. I definitely see myself making this again in the future and it seems like something that would respond well to substitutions (Brussels sprouts or cauliflower instead of broccoli, for example). My local grocery store only had one brand of orecchiette, so if you can’t find it in your store, a medium shell pasta should do the trick.
Since the meal isn’t heavily seasoned, the yummy flavors of the veggie sausage really stood out. I almost went with the Italian version of the Field Roast, but I’m glad I chose the Smoked Apple Sage instead! So good!
When I warmed up the leftovers the following night, I added a smidge of cream cheese and a garlic tomato spice blend which were a nice complement and made it less dry.