Curried Quorn Mince And Fennel With Penne Pasta

Curried Quorn Mince And Fennel With Penne Pasta
Flavour packed
A meat alternative
Served with topping of garlic mushrooms
Lovely supper


300g quorn mince
2 med onions finely chopped
1 tomato chopped
6 cloves garlic minced
1 small fennel bulb sliced then halved
2 stock cubes
1/2 tsp of salt (stock cubes have salt)
1 tbsp chilli flakes
4 tbsp oil
1 tsp sugar
400g carton of pasata

1/2 tsp of turmeric
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tbp of cumin
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
1 tsp coarse ground black pepper

Onions, garlic, tomatoes and fennel bulb


Heat the oil in a non stick pan. A non works better with quorn as it will not burn or stick to pan.

Add the garlic and flash fry for a few seconds till aromatic then add onions, stock cubes, chilli flakes and salt.
Cook this on a medium gentle heat.

Fry onions, garlic and stock cubes
Chilli flakes and salt
Quorn mince

Once quorn has coloured a little add fresh tomatoes.

Fresh tomatoes added

When the tomatoes have mashed add half cup of water and this will be absorbed real quick.


While it simmers add the powdered spices.

Add powdered spices

Cook for a few minutes on low. You should see quorn glazing with sheen of oil after a few minutes.
Follow this with another quarter cup water.

More water
Cook out water

While cooking on low the water will be displaced by the oil separating.

Let oil separate

At this stage add the fennel and stir in well.
On low heat cook covered for few mins stirring often. Do not let it stick. Add splashes of water. We want the fennel to sweat.

Add fennel
Sweat of fennel

When fennel has become translucent then add the Pasata and sugar.

Cook till translucent

Add half cup of water. Mix and let this cook for a good 10 mins. This helps the full flavours develop and intensify. Keep it thick and saucy as the pasta will absorb some water content and you want the sauce to cling to pasta.

Add water
Gently simmer
Reduce liquid

When the oil starts to separate and the sauce looks glossy, add the ground pepper and the qourn is done.

Ground pepper

Adjust sauce to your taste.

Sauce is darker

Boil your preferred pasta till al dente. Keep a cup of pasta water if you need to loosen the sauce. Drain the pasta and stir into the sauce. We used Penne.Serve with sprinkle of fennel tops as garnish.

I served ours topped with garlic mushrooms.

Garlic mushrooms
Topped with garlic mushrooms

And my youngest served topped with sweetcorn.

Topped with sweetcorn
And Fennel tops


By all means use any mince you like, it tastes just as fabulous 👌

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