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Vegan Single Serve Chili Cheese Pasta

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Sit back and read along because I’m going to take you into a new era of dairy-free vegan cooking. This Vegan Single Serve Chilli Cheese Pasta is the first step into your new life. A life where you don’t have to put any more thought into your dinner than the bare minimum. BUT you can still enjoy the great flavours and tastes you loved. Spend as little time preparing dinner as possible, and have time to truly appreciate every bite! If that all sounds great to you, then you’re in the right spot! Enjoy this cheesy, bean-free chilli flavoured single serve pasta and even double up the recipe for the perfect October date night in!

This Vegan Single Serve Chilli Cheese Pasta is loaded with my wife Liv’s famous soy-free and bean-free fall chilli, vegan cheese and penne pasta for the perfect fall meal! Adding the bean-free chili will add fiber, even without the red kidney beans, black beans or pinto beans that are normally found in vegan chili recipes.

Why Single Serve Pasta Is So Great

Here’s the thing about single serve dishes. Aside from the obvious – that they serve just one rather than a huge amount that you’ll never be able to finish on your own. They’re also super easy to make! I remember a time when I wasn’t accustomed to halving recipes or leaving out certain ingredients from recipes that I saw online. I had SO MUCH extra food all the time. Of course I love leftovers, who doesn’t! But the fact remains that a huge majority of recipes out there are big enough to feed an entire family. No matter how good your intentions are, that leaves a lot of wasted food at the end of the week. I’m a big supporter of cooking from home as often as humanly possible, so single serve dishes like this Vegan Single Serve Chilli Cheese Pasta are great for all the singles and couples out there!

As mentioned above, single serve dishes like this Vegan Single Serve Chilli Cheese Pasta are super easy to double up if you have someone else you want to cook for. They are also great for someone who simply wants one days worth of leftovers for the next day! That said, this cheesy chilli pasta is the perfect dish for those October nights to keep you warm all day long.

What can I add to macaroni for flavor?

This blog runs by a few simple rules, and naturally, most of them have to do with flavor! Here are 3 of my all-time favourite taste enhancers when it comes to levelling up your dinner and make your vegan Macaroni and cheese better!

Onion

When it comes to flavour, it can’t be denied that Onion or onion powder is one of the most popular. In fact, all of these flavour enhancers on this list are of some of the post popular – and for good reason! Next time, give a pinch of onion powder a try after boiling and adding the wet ingredients or vegan cheese sauce to the macaroni. Then stir it in!

Garlic

This may be the most important take-away you’ll get from this post! I wholeheartedly agree that there is a place in the kitchen for garlic powder. However, I don’t know that I will ever be convinced otherwise that fresh minced garlic will always reign supreme in the spice and aromatic department. Many people have intolerances or simply do not like the aroma of garlic, but if you’re not one of those people, make sure you add some fresh garlic to your next pot of Macaroni and cheese!

Oregano

I personally go through a lot of oregano in this household. Most people I’ve come across do not have any particular problem with oregano, and a lot of the time it goes unnoticed as an unidentifiable flavour in some of your favourite dishes. add in a bit of oregano and salt to your next vegan pasta night to take it to the next level.

Olive Oil

To put it simply – Olive oil  was the biggest lesson I learned while traveling over seas to the south of France and Italy. I had no idea what a difference a healthy fat like olive oil could make to just about anything. A dash of this liquid gold on top of any home-cooked vegan pasta or one pot vegan chili mac will never be a bad idea. But take it one step further by adding it to any of your favourite vegetables, or comfort foods too!

And Vegan Chili!

This goes without saying, but if the chili flavours are what you’re looking for – this is the blog post for you! In this Single Serve Chili Cheese Pasta you will find all the flavours from the vegetable broth, vegan ground beef, carrots, vegan cheddar cheese and spices like cumin, cayenne pepper,  paprika, pepper chili powder.

How To Make Vegan Single Serve Chili Cheese Pasta

When we’re talking single serve dishes like this Vegan Single Serve Chilli Cheese Pasta, you don’t need to break the bank on ingredients. The most difficult part here will be finding a vegan chilli you love and adding it to the mix.

What other chili recipes can I use?

Of course, I wouldn’t leave you high and dry in that department. For the best vegan chilli recipes, try this Bean-Free Vegan Chilli or this Smoky Sage Pumpkin Stove-top Chili recipe. Alternatively, feel free to simply add some store bought marinara if you don’t feel like meal prepping a large pot of chilli!

Follow these instructions on how it’d done!

…First, add all the ingredients into a small bake-safe dish. Mix the ingredients until combined and then add the pasta of choice, or gluten-free pasta. For this step, choose whichever short pasta you love most! I chose penne fort his one, but fusili is also a favourite of mine.

… Then all there is to do is top it with extra cheese for that golden brown top, cover with tinfoil and bake for about an hour. NO NEED TO BOIL or simmer on the stove! Take then time waiting to do other things on your checklist like I did and just like that you’ll have a productive day filled with great food!

How can I store my pasta?

I think this one goes without saying – BUT I will say it anyway! This single serve chili cheese pasta will likely not need to be stored as it is likely only to last one meal! That said if the serving size is too big for you, feel free to store In the fridge for up to three days and store in the freezer up to three months.

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As always, don’t forget to review this Vegan Single Serve Chilli Cheese Pasta and comment what you think below! Head over to instagram and follow us on @gregsvegangourmet and @itslivb to show us your creations, we love to see them!

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Vegan Single Serve Chilli Cheese Pasta


  • Author: Gregs Vegan Gourmet
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Total Time: 1:00
  • Yield: 1 1x

Description

This Vegan Single Serve Chilli Cheese Pasta is loaded with my wife Liv’s famous bean-free fall chilli, vegan cheese and penne pasta for the perfect fall meal!


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Ingredients

The Chili

  • 1 vegan sausage (I use Beyond Meat)
  • 2 vegan burger patties (I use Beyond Meat)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 28 oz (796 mL) no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup dry red lentils
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp chipotle chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

Single Serve Pasta

  • 1/2 cup Vegan Chilli (alternatively you can use marinara sauce)
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk, vegan cream OR just more water
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • 2/3 cup short pasta like penne, rotini, fusilli, macaroni etc
  • 1/2 cup vegan cheese shreds

Instructions

For the Chili

  1. In a large pot on low-medium heat, add the vegan sausage and beef and cook about 5 minutes, crumbling it as it browns. If you is pre-cooked, simply add to the pot and proceed to step 2.
  2. Add oil, onion, garlic, and carrot and cook a few minutes until onion becomes translucent and carrots soften slightly.
  3. Add the tomatoes, lentils, broth, chilli powder, chipotle, cumin, smoked paprika and salt and stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a low simmer and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes until lentils are tender. Uncover and simmer a few more minutes until thickened.
  5. Serve immediately, or allow to cool completely and store in airtight containers up to 5 days or freeze up to 3 months.

For the Pasta Bake

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. To your ramekin or single-serve dish, add the marinara OR Chili, onion, garlic, water, coconut milk, nutritional yeast and salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the pasta and stir gently to combine. Sprinkle the cheese overtop. Cover with foil, then bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven, remove foil, then return to oven and bake 10 more minutes, uncovered.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool before eating- it stays hot for a while! Be careful!

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