Since we’re stuck at home this coronavirus season, I felt I would show you guys my Jackfruit rotini pasta recipe.
This recipe is vegan and not to worry, you can still order some of the ingredients online. I honestly believe this is the perfect pasta comfort food to make when you’re stuck at home. So if you just happen to be an Olive Garden fan, then you should consider giving this a try.
As surprising as this may sound, this was actually my first time trying out jackfruit in a recipe. I have heard vegans rave about jackfruit and how it tastes so much like pulled pork. Therefore, I decided to order 2 cans and try it out for myself.
Does Jackfruit taste like meat?
To be completely honest with you, I don’t personally believe jackfruit tastes like pulled pork, even after you season it.
Since it is a sweet fruit, it still retains its original sweetness. However, you can boil it down and season it properly so that it loses its sweetness.
I honestly believe that jackfruit tastes a lot meatier when incorporated in sauces and soups. So merely choosing to eat it alone like regular meat will only set you up for disappointment. Unless of course, you don’t mind its sweetness.
I chose to purchase young jackfruit, which a lot of vegans recommend for cooking. They often say that young jackfruit isn’t as sweet as ripe jackfruit, and I definitely do agree with them.
Therefore, if you are thinking of buying jackfruit for cooking, do keep in mind that young jackfruit would be your best bet.
In general, I’m honestly very happy with the way this dish turned out.
Do keep in mind that you would have to give your jackfruit enough time to cook and break up into shreds. So make sure you don’t rush this process.
If you want to get things done quicker–as well as get rid of the sweet taste–I would recommend boiling the jackfruit in water before adding it to your sauce.
The boiling water soaks up the jackfruit and breaks it into pieces. Plus, it extracts the sweetness from the fruit, so it doesn’t get incorporated in the sauce.
Overall, I’m pleased with this recipe and I’m pretty sure you will be as well.
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Jackfruit Rotini Pasta Recipe
Jackfruit Rotini Pasta Recipe
- 1 lb Rotini pasta
- 7.9 oz can Organic young jackfruit
- 8 oz can Hunts tomato sauce
- 1 Large red onion chopped
- ½ cup Coconut milk
- 1 cup Vegetable stock or broth
- 2 tbsps Olive oil
- 1 ½ tsp Salt divided
- ½ tsp Ground pepper
- ½ tsp Oregano or Thyme
- ½ tsp Curry
- 1 clove Garlic chopped
- 2 tbsps Soy sauce
- 2 vegan chicken cubes
- To a medium-sized pot on medium heat, bring about 3 cups of water to a boil.
- Throw in your rotini pasta, 1 tsp of salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil (to prevent sticking)
- Cook for about 10-15 minutes or until rotini pasta softens up.
- Heat up a saucepan on medium heat with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Throw in your chopped red onion and garlic: Fry until the redness of the onion starts to slowly fade off
- Add in your spices (curry, thyme, pepper, salt, chicken cubes) and combine.
- Add your jackfruit to the mix and cook for about 15 minutes or until the jackfruit breaks up into pulled pork form.
- Add in your tomato sauce, soy sauce, vegetable stock, coconut milk, and stir.
- Leave to simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.
- Add in cooked rotini into the sauce and combine thoroughly.
- Serve and enjoy!