Vegan cheeseburger pasta bake may sound mental, like, did they confuse their words when writing this one out? No. Have they lost their minds? Maybe…you’ll have to try this one to decide for yourselves. We think it’s an excellent combination and while it may not be the healthiest recipe we’ve ever created (we did chuck in some red peppers so it looked like we tried), it’s definitely a people pleaser.
Anybody tried the new Iceland range of meat-free products? For our non-UK readers, Iceland is a supermarket, we’re not talking about the Country! We’ve slowly been working our way through them, after being pretty impressed with their initial release: the infamous “No Bull Burgers.”
We ended up trying the sausages and meatballs and found, disappointingly, that they’re quite obviously just the burgers in different shapes. Lazy product development at its finest, who wants their spaghetti and meatballs to taste like burger? Or their sausages with a fry-up? Would not recommend.
However, that did get us to thinking, what can we use the mince for, because we don’t want a burger Bolognese! Hence, cheeseburger pasta bake – we had to take that flavour and make use of it, and this is the end product.
Meaty, Cheesy Comfort: Vegan Cheeseburger Pasta Bake
500 grams vegan mince - Iceland's No Bull mince is perfect for this but other mince will be fine!
1 large onion - chopped
3 cups (~350 grams) macaroni pasta
200 grams vegan cheese - grated - we tried Daiya's cheddar-style block for the first time with this recipe; it tasted good and melted nicely
Splash of oil for frying
Optional: 1/3 cup pickled cornichons/gherkins - chopped
Optional: some vegan bacon pieces - you can find a recipe for them here as part of our mac & cheese.
Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 6/200 Celsius.
Heat up a frying pan over a medium heat and add the oil. Fry the onions until they start to soften, then add the mince and garlic, and cook for around 5 minutes until you get a light-brown on the mince (if your brand of mince doesn't brown, it's fine, just stop after 5 minutes and carry on to the next step).
In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients, except for the cheese, and give it a good stir until it's well mixed.
Now, pour the contents of your mixing bowl into a large roasting pan or casserole dish (lightly grease with some oil if it's not non-stick), place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
After the 30 minutes is up, take it out of the oven and sprinkle the cheese on top, then return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes, until the cheese has melted.
Sorted - one vegan cheeseburger pasta bake - chuck a few extra chopped gherkins on top for garnish if that's your thing.