Easy High Protein Rotini


Remember my high protein meat-less spaghetti? Here's an even simpler version, which only requires three simple ingredients. This pasta is so delicious, packed with plant protein and is kid-friendly, and can feed a large crowd on a budget.


This pasta checks all the boxes, super filling, kid and adult proof, and easy to make!


3 Main Ingredients:

Chickpea Rotini Pasta: You can use your favorite high protein pasta here, but my family's favorite is Barilla's chickpea pasta. It contains 11g of proteins for every 2oz serving.

Meat-Free Protein: I love using impossible ground meat for all my pasta dishes, but every once in a while, I use beyond meat's hot Italian sausage (minced it using a food processor).

Pasta Sauce: You can make your sauce, but for the sake of this easy recipe, I used my family's favorite sauce, and that is Kirkland's Marinara sauce (Costco brand).

OPTIONAL:


Sugar Substitute: I used about one tablespoon of lakanto's monk fruit sugar substitute to balance out the acidity of the tomato sauce.

Basil: I love adding chopped basil leaves to any pasta dish; it gives that fresh aroma before serving.

How to cook rotini noodles


According to the box, it says to bring 4-6 quartz of water to a boil and add salt to taste. Once water is at a boil, add the pasta and cook for 7-9 minutes. I cooked the pasta for 7 minutes and tasted it to test the texture. Then, I turned off the heat and kept the pasta in the water for another 3 minutes. Finally, drain the pasta and set it aside.


How to prep the hot Italian sausage


In a hot skillet, cook the sausage for 1-2 minutes (on each side). Then add the links to the food processor and pulse until you get a crumbly texture. Add it back in the skillet, then add the sauce, bring to a boil and then add the sugar if you do that option.


Best Sides


My family loves garlic bread. Since becoming dairy-free, I make my garlic bread at home using sourdough bread with minced garlic and vegan butter.


My family is not picky with garlic bread when served with pasta—regular Texas toast, garlic bread, cheesy toast, or even garlic knots. All equally loved!






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