Pan-Roasted Garlic Penne with Quorn
Reducing red wine is a quick way to achieve intense flavor in a vegetarian sauce.
What to buy: Quorn is a meat-free food made from mycoprotein. (Mycoprotein is a fungus that contains high-quality protein.) Look for it in health food stores.
- 1/2 pound penne
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 large cloves garlic, peeled and halved lengthwise
- 1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
- 3/4 cup dry red wine
- 1/2 cup oil-cured olives, such as kalamata, pitted and halved
- 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
- 1 cup coarsely chopped arugula or spinach
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- 6 ounces Quorn or Boca crumbles
- Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for grating
1Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick sauté pan over high heat, heat olive oil for a few seconds until it’s hot. Add garlic cloves to oil. Add onion, carrot, and rosemary and stir. When vegetables are sizzling, reduce heat to medium or medium low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes. Garlic should be almost tender when pierced with a knife. Add wine and olives, raise heat to high, and bring mixture to a boil. Boil until wine is reduced by half to a syrup, about 4 minutes.
2Add tomatoes, arugula, and red pepper flakes and simmer until sauce is thick and arugula is wilted. Add Quorn and stir, cooking until it’s heated through. Add salt to taste.
3Cook penne according to the package directions, about 10 minutes. Drain well, then add to the hot sauce in the sauté pan. Stir over high heat until sauce coats and penetrates pasta, about 1 minute.
4Grate some Parmesan cheese on top of each plate, and serve immediately.
Beverage pairing: Teruzzi & Puthod Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Italy. Simple pasta with a fresh-tasting sauce of vegetables and protein doesn’t need a complex wine, just something lively, clean, and delicious. Vernaccia from the town of San Gimignano is just the thing. It is light, citrusy, and bright—perfect for the sharp flavors of olives, arugula, and rosemary.
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