meatless monday recipe: rainy day pantry pasta…

as many of you know, we actually had weather in southern california last week! torrential, endless rain; lightning and thunder; hail(!) and frost(!!). mother nature kept me cooped up in the house and unable to get to the market (i tend to not want to share the road with angelenos when it’s raining). so, dinner had to be something completely prepared from our fridge and pantry. and while this recipe is definitely inspired from the previous meatless monday recipe from zov’s, it was delicious enough to satisfy both of us on a cold and stormy night.

luckily, our freezer and pantry are always stocked with boca burgers and canned organic diced tomatoes (both purchased at costco). in addition, we also always have kalamata olives and feta in the fridge (again, from costco)…i would love to know your thoughts about veggie products like boca burgers or morningstar farms sausages (my go-to “meats” – i know they are processed foods, but because i rarely eat them, they are a good source of flavorful protein for me). anyway, the recipe is quite simple:

1 pack of spaghetti

2 cans of organic diced tomatoes

2 boca burgers (defrosted and cut into little cubes)

1/2 onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, diced

dried oregano and thyme to taste (i like mine pretty herby, so put in about 1t of oregano and 1/2t of thyme)

crushed red pepper (optional)

sliced kalamata olives

feta to sprinkle on top

put water on the stove for the pasta. begin to sauté the onions in olive oil for a few minutes. add garlic and boca burger and continue to sauté. add the dried herbs and crushed red pepper. once the boca gets a little color on it (you may have to drizzle more olive oil on it as you’re cooking), then add the tomatoes (i don’t drain them). when the tomatoes are heated through, cover and simmer until the pasta is done.

drain the pasta and pile onto a plate, ladle on the sauce, sprinkle the feta on top and dinner is served in about 20 minutes!*

*my apologies for not being the best recipe writer or food stylist!

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2 responses to “meatless monday recipe: rainy day pantry pasta…

  1. Hi-

    Joey here- from Meatless Monday. I just wanted to thank you for all of the terrific Meatless Monday posts that you’ve been doing. It really is bloggers like you who take an interest in our campaign and help to grow the movement exponentially. I encourage you to keep up the great posts!

    I’d love to be in more direct communication with you so we can better coordinate outreach efforts. If you’re interested please email me at

    Happy Monday!

    -Joey Lee
    Executive Assistant
    Meatless Monday

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