As noted in my previous blog, Vegan Colcannon Irish Potatoes, I launched the release of my Etsy account, The Elizabethan Closet, where I am now selling vintage wear and goods that have inspired me for this blog.
Last year I found these groovy, 1970 pants and slightly fell in love with them. They were so brown and so old-fashion that I absolutely loved them. I thought they were awesome and hideous simultaneously.
While doing plenty of thinking, I couldn't help but wonder what is the brownest recipe I can create? After some research, I realized that cheeseburger pastas were a hit back in the day, especially in the 1960's-1970's.
I decided to take it upon myself and recreate this retro recipe, but make it vegan.
These pants are available for purchase on my Etsy Account, The Elizabethan Closet.
Funky, groovy and chunky, this recipe is like a homemade version of Hamburger Helper with mushrooms. Although it doesn't have much vibrancy besides various hues of brown and red, it is still delicious!
Just a note that some vegan cheese does not melt well. Feel free to use a brand that works best for you. An alternative is to use vegan cheese slices and layer it on top (similar to what a checkered picnic table blanket looks like). If you are not a fan of vegan cheese, omit the cheese and enjoy this as a hamburger pasta instead! Enjoy this retro recipe gone vegan!
1970's Cheeseburger Pasta Made Vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
1 16 oz. bag of pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 package of mushrooms (8-10 oz), sliced
32 oz of tomato soup
1 package of vegan ground beef (12 oz)
1/2 cup vegan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions.
In a pan, saute the onions in olive for 3-5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft and edible. Next, add the meat and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Once the pasta is finished, mix all of the ingredients together. Pour into a 9x13 pan and top with vegan cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
*Note: You can sprinkle with shredded cheese, or cut small squares from vegan cheese slices and layer on top similar to a checkered picnic table blanket where every other square is a piece or cheese, or blank.
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com