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Meatless Monday: Meatless “Sausage” and Pepper Penne

November 1, 2010

In keeping with the Meatless Monday theme (we’ve been doing pretty well even when I’m not posting about it!) decided to use up some tempeh that we had in the fridge to make some yummy pasta. While I didn’t have everything on hand, and am not a big fan of fennel seeds, it was delish!

You know you want some…

Meatless “Sausage” and Pepper Penne
November/December 2010
Clean Eating magazine p. 68


  • 3 oz uncooked whole-wheat penne pasta, about 1 cup (we used corkscrews)
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 8 oz. tempeh, crumbled (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds (none in ours!)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp red chile flakes
  • 1/2 medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 c Everyday Marinara sauce (p. 62 of the magazine, but any sauce will work)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano leaves (nope!)
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • Parm!


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, set aside and keep warm.
  2. Heat 2 tsp oil in a large nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Add tempeh and garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes or until browned. Reduce heat to medium-low and add fennel seeds, paprika and chile flakes. Continue to cook for 3-4 minutes, until fragrant. (CAUTION: Pan will be dry at this point. While it won’t burn, do not leave unattended.) Transfer tempeh mixture to a mixing bowl and return pan to heat.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high, add remaining 1 tsp oil and saute onion for 2-3 minutes. Add bell peppers and continue to saute for an additional 2-3 minutes, until softened. Add tempeh mixture back to pan, stir to combine and add Marinara Sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 3 minutes, until bubbling and fragrant. Add oregano and season with salt and pepper.
  4. To serve, toss pasta with tempeh mixture, divide and serve immediately.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2010 10:41 pm

    Looks fantastic! I still haven’t managed to use tempeh. I need to get on it and this is the perfect dish to try!

  2. November 2, 2010 4:10 pm

    I still need to subscribe to Clean Eating…maybe that will get done today…

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