Vegetarian Sausage Pasta

ziti tossed with a veggie pasta sauce with greens, served on a gray plate.

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Vegetarian Sausage Pasta uses spicy Italian Beyond Sausage to provide robust sausage flavor without meat. The Beyond Sausage cooks along with onions, pepper, tomatoes and more for a flavorful and healthy Italian dish.


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 spicy Italian Beyond Sausages (10 to 11 ozs total) or similar
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 6 olives, sliced
  • 12 ozs ziti
  • handful of spinach or other greens
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
  • grated Parmesan cheese to pass at table (use vegan version to make the dish vegan)


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the Beyond Sausages and brown the outside, turning occasionally. Remove when the sausage has browned, about 5 minutes. Set the sausage aside to cool.
  2. Heat the other tablespoon of olive oil in the same skillet used to brown the sausage. Add the onion, and cook for about 5 minutes until it begins to soften.
  3. Stir the bell pepper into the skillet, cook for a few more minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. After adding the pepper to the skillet, start cooking the pasta in a large pot according to package instructions.
  5. Stir the tomatoes into the skillet, along with the basil and oregano. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  6. Slice the browned Beyond Sausage, and stir back into the skillet along with the sliced olives.
  7. Simmer the sauce for 5 to 10 minutes after adding the Beyond Sausage slices, stirring occasionally. It will likely start breaking up in into smaller bits; that is fine. Add the fresh parsley toward the end of simmering, if using.
  8. Drain the pasta after cooked to your liking. Toss the pasta immediately with the Beyond Sausage sauce. Plate and pass cheese at the table for topping. Enjoy!


  • We like the Beyond Sausage brand for a vegan sausage option, but you could other brands. We have also made a similar dish with chicken or turkey, if you are a flexitarian looking for healthy sausage pasta recipes.
  • We label the dish vegetarian sausage pasta as we like to add regular Parmesan cheese. You could make this vegan by using a product such as the Go Veggie plant based cheese.
  • As mentioned in the instructions, we found the Beyond Sausage breaks into little bits when cooking, particularly when using a package that we had frozen and then thawed for the dish. Though not our intention, this did make for a nice thick sauce.
  • You can use a heartier green such as kale instead of the spinach, but kale requires a bit more cooking time. Add kale after the tomatoes, and simmer for at least 10 minutes.
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