Quorn Alfredo Pasta: Healthy Meat Alternative
Nowadays people are becoming more health conscious. We opt for organic and all natural products that will provide a positive difference to our health and our loved ones. As a mother, I tried to avoid processed food and prepare healthy home cooked meals for my family. In search for a healthy meat alternative I was persuaded by my colleague to try Quorn.
What is Quorn?
It is a healthy alternative to meat, these are extremely high in protein and produced from mycoprotein. They are available in various forms such as nuggets, sausage, chucks and lastly grounds which are perfect for pasta and meat balls. However when I visited S&R Lipa they have limited displays.
Everything you need to know about Mycoprotein
Mycoprotein comes from a form of nutritional fungus which are from one of the largest groups within fungi family. Likewise they are from the same group of the very famous and expensive truffles. They have a nutritious form of good quality protein that perfectly replicates the texture and taste of meat. It is well known for its high fiber and protein content. Therefore it is also best for your heart as well since it has zero cholesterol and low in saturated fat. Most importantly its non-GMO.
For my daughter’s 6 month birthday, I decided to cook my favorite pasta dish using Quorn. I wanted to find out if it can be a best alternative to meat without sacrificing the flavor. To grab my stash of Quorn I headed to the recently opened S&R Lipa.
- 300 grams – Quorn Southern Fried Bites
- 400 grams – Penne Pasta
- 1 Large White Onion
- Clove of Garlic
- A stalk of Broccoli
- One can chopped mushroom
- ¼ Cup – Chopped Parsley
- 1 ½ Cup Cheddar Cheese
- ½ Cup Chopped Black Olives
- ¼ Cup Olive Oil
- 2 Cans Nestle Cream
- 1 Can Evaporated Milk
Let’s start cooking
- Boil and cook your penne pasta to Al dente.
- Cook and blanch your broccoli florets
- To give my Quorn more flavor, I pan seared it using olive oil, seasoned with a dash of salt and pepper.
- Using the same pan, I saute garlic and caramelize my onions. Next, add mushrooms and Quorn.
- You may now add cream and evaporated milk, bring it to a boil for about 3 minutes.
- After that, put in your cooked penne pasta, and mix in grated cheddar cheese.
- Next add salt and pepper to taste.
- Lastly you may add your broccoli florets and parsley.
To test if I did a great job in cooking my Quorn Alfredo Pasta, I intentionally didn’t mention to my family that it has no meat at all. I would like to see if they will notice the difference. Considering that my pasta sauce is milk base, I build up more flavors by adding more seasoning and fresh herbs as Quorn bites are great in absorbing flavors. Receiving good feedback from them, I know I can go meatless anytime with my Quorn Alfredo Pasta.
Overall I’m impressed with these product, it has a nice texture and retains the juiciness of the meat. In other words it’s perfect for those who want to eat less meat or no meat at all but still crave for some meat like product. Above all it doesn’t taste of any meat extenders also known as fake meats.
Now more and more restaurants are also adding Quorn in their menu. California Pizza Kitchen Philippines has Hawaiian Quorn Pizza, while UCC has best seller Quorn Hamburg Omelet. Similarly Banh Mi Kitchen just made an incredible vegetarian Banh Mi with Quorn. To know more about their products and meal ideas click here.
Karen’s Kitchen Tips:
- What is blanching – it is a brief process of boiling vegetables and then plunged into ice water, these gives your vegetable bright color and tender-crisp.
- Do not put oil while cooking your pasta. Adding oil prevents the sauce from sticking to your pasta.