Lemon Basil Pesto Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Vegan Italian Sausage

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Vegan Sausage Tossed in Herby Basil Pesto

This is a recipe that we make very often because it’s so tasty, flavorful, and easy. Plus, if we can stop ourselves from eating it all in one sitting, it usually leaves us leftovers for lunch during the week.

The recipe uses Field Roast Italian Sausage which we found at both Whole Foods and Natural Grocers. I suppose you can use any veggie sausage if you can’t find these but try your best to get an ‘Italian’ version. The Field Roast Italian sausages are made with fresh eggplant and packed with fennel, red wine, garlic and sweet peppers. We always have these stocked in our freezer for quick pasta meals (like this one!).

Field Roast Italian Vegan Sausage

Our favorite pasta to use for this recipe is orecchiette which means ‘little ears’ in Italian because of their shape resembling, well, small ears. So cute! Matt calls them little helmets…. whatever.

Orecchiette Pasta with Vegan Basil Pesto

First, you’ll want to start by preheating your oven to 425F and placing a large pot of water on your stove for the pasta to boil. Wash your brussels sprouts and cut them in half discarding any yucky leaves. Use a large bowl or plastic bag to mix brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper. Then, place them on a baking sheet covered in aluminum foil (easy clean-up!). Pop them in the preheated oven to roast for about 20 minutes (until they’re crispy on the outside). Stir them once halfway through.

Vegan Pesto with Crispy Hearty Roasted Brussels Sprouts

After that, move on to your basil pesto.

Easy Vegan Basil Pesto

We really love the herby basil flavor of making pesto from scratch and it comes together in minutes. Add a big handful of fresh basil, olive oil, raw cashews, garlic, lemon juice, and almond milk to your food processor and blend until smooth. If you have pine nuts (pignoli) you can use those instead of cashews but pignoli nuts are expensive so we say f*ck that. Taste and adjust the ingredients, adding more lemon juice or almond milk, based on your preferences.

Easy Vegan Basil Pesto with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Vegan Italian Sausage

At this point, remove the plastic casing around the Field Roast sausage and slice the sausage into 1/4″ thick coins – sometimes Matt will slice these in half again because he’s a little baby (hehe).

Okay, so by now your pesto should be done, the pasta should be almost ready to drain, and the brussels should be roasting up real nice. Heat a large skillet with 1 tbsp olive oil. Add your Field Roast sausage coins into the pan and cook them up. They aren’t made from processed leftover animal parts so you just need to fry until golden brown (or leave them longer for extra crispiness).

Field Roast Vegan Italian Sausage

Once the sausage is ready, toss in your cooked pasta, roasted brussels, and pesto to the pan. Stir to combine. Cook a little bit to heat it all up together. You can use a little bit of reserved pasta water if the sauce is too thick for your liking. Top with vegan parm, red pepper flakes, and a little bit of fresh lemon juice.

Vegan Basil Pesto with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Vegan Italian Sausage

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Vegan Italian Sausage tossed in Hearty Basil Pesto
Basil Pesto Pasta with Vegan Sausage + Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

This pesto pasta with vegan sausage and roasted brussels sprouts is a hearty and delicious meal.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories per Serving: 448 kcal
Author: Pasta-based
Ingredients
  • 10 oz Orecchiette Pasta (not quite a whole box)
  • 2 Field Roast Italian Sausages
  • 1 lb Fresh Brussels Sprouts (ends trimmed and any yellowed/browned outer leaves removed, then sliced in half)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Vegan Basil Pesto Ingredients
  • 1 big handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (start with 2 but add more if it looks like you'll need more liquid)
  • 3-4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F for the brussels sprouts and start heating a pot of generously-salted water for the pasta.

  2. Trim the ends of the brussels sprouts, wash and cut in half. In a large bowl, mix together brussels sprouts, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-combined.

  3. Evenly spread the brussels sprouts on an aluminum-foil covered baking sheet. Roast for 15-20 minutes, stirring once partway through, or until they are crispy on the outside. Remove from oven and set aside.

  4. When your water is boiling, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water (reserving 1/4 cup pasta water) and set aside.

  5. Meanwhile, add the pesto ingredients to a food processor or high-speed blender. Blend until creamy (about 2 minutes). Adding salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Cut Field Roast Vegan Sausages into 1/4" thick coins. Add the sausage to your skillet and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

  7. To the skillet, add cooked pasta and roasted brussels sprouts - toss with the sausage. Add your pesto sauce mixture, using some of the reserved pasta water if needed for extra moisture.

  8. Serve right away. We like to top with vegan parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, and a little fresh lemon juice.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional Information:

Serving Size: 4
Calories 448    Total Fat 28.1g   Saturated Fat 4.2g   Sodium 324mg   Potassium 540mg   Total Carb 33.3g   Fiber 7.3g   Sugars 5g   Protein 20.6g

 

March 28, 2017

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2 Comments

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    Nora Taylor

    May 7, 2017

    This recipe looks so delicious! I’m going to give this a try this week. Field Roast sausages are so tasty.

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