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Kick up the Protein (48 grams) and Nutrition of your Pasta dish! Really, 48 grams!

Kick up the Protein (48 grams) and Nutrition of your Pasta dish! Really, 48 grams!

Pasta is an easy go to meal for any Vegan diet.  It is especially a great meal to load up on energy producing carbohydrates the day before a big training session or race or as a recovery meal after.  Pasta sauce is filled with key nutrients and cooking activates the antioxidants in tomatoes.  It also provides 2 grams of protein and 16 grams of carbs per 1/2 cup.  Add in your Pasta and you get an additional 8 grams of protein and 39 grams of carbs per 2 ounces.  That gives you a meal that consists of 10 grams of protein and 55 grams of carbs.  Sounds good right?  What if you could add an additional 13 to 38 grams of protein and 14 to 27 additional grams of carbs?  Wow!  That is a power packed meal!  It's easy too.  Only takes 3 additional nutrient rich ingredients and 1 optional key ingredient.  All you need to do is add Zucchini, Red Bell Pepper and Hemp Seed!  That will kick up the flavor, nutrition and give you a meal with at least 23 grams of protein and 74 grams of carbs.  What about this key optional ingredient that will boost the carb and protein count even more?  Yes!  Add in a grain meatless sausage such as Field Roast and boost your meal to a whopping 48 grams of protein and 87 grams of carbs!  And they say endurance athlete vegans can't get enough protein!  


Kicked up Pasta with extra Protein and Carbs

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time:   15minutes


  • 2 oz Whole Grain Pasta
  • 1/2 cup your favorite Pasta Sauce
  • 1 medium Zucchini chopped 
  • 1 Bell Pepper diced
  • 3 Tbsp Hemp Seed
  • 1 Field Roast Italian Grain Sausage chopped (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut or grapeseed oil 
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste if desired


  1. Heat water to cook pasta
  2. Prepare zucchini and bell pepper
  3. Add Pasta to boiling water cook per package (varies) approximately 6-9 minutes
  4. Add zucchini and bell pepper to a heated pot, stir frequently, cook for 6 minutes
  5. Add grain sausage and heat for additional minute (optional)
  6. Add Hemp Seed, Pasta Sauce and additional salt and pepper if desired.  Turn down heat and let simmer to warm approximately 2-3 minutes
  7. Drain pasta
  8. Serve pasta sauce on top of pasta
  9. Serve with bread with vegan butter or olive oil




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