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Ciao Pappy! - Vegetarian Meat Sauce Spaghetti Recipe

I've made this recipe a handful of's spicy, easy to throw together and requires minimal ingredients. I've been vegetarian for years, and I'm always throwing random things together to create things that are tasty but without much effort. When Ciao Pappy sent me their Marinara alla Pappy I got inspired to make this vegetarian meat sauce spaghetti. I also made lasagna a few weeks prior so I was on a whole Italian kick. This is how you make my signature "meat" sauce spaghetti that's packed with FLAVOR - and always a great meal to share with loved ones. You can always add garlic bread, and a nice salad. This is for 2 people BUT makes enough for 4 or 5 (we got seconds....and had leftovers for dinner the next day). You can also use any marinara sauce....but let me tell you it's that much more delicious with Ciao Pappy!

How to make my vegetarian "meat" sauce spaghetti

First things first, boil water for your noodles. I used a cheap pack of spaghetti noodles from Trader Joe's but if you want to get real crafty you can make your own. My whole thing is minimal effort and affordable. 

- Boil your water and add noodles (cook accordingly) while the noodles are cooking prepare the ground beef. 

-Prepare the plant based ground beef (I use this frozen one from Gardein Beefless Ground Beef) Trader Joe's used to have one in the fridge section but haven't seen it in a bit and I do prefer this frozen one over that one. It's so versatile, you can make it taste however you want depending on how you season it.

In a large/medium pan (with a lid) add in 2 tbsp or a little more of olive oil) over medium heat. 

-Add the plant based ground beef 

-Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to the ground beef

-I LOVE garlic so I minced 6 cloves of garlic and added to the ground beef. 

-add 2 scoops (this is spicy so you can add accordingly)  - of this Italian Trader Joe's Italian Bomba Hot Pepper Sauce Fermented Crushed Calabrian Chili Peppers it's on amazon and  I ADD IT TO EVERYTHING. 

-Mix in Ciao Pappy or marinara sauce to the plant based ground beef. Make sure to lower the heat and let simmer.

Then serve, I always add fresh parmesan and grated parmesan. 

You can also watch my recipe video on my Tiktok: Vegetarian Meat Sauce Spaghetti Recipe


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