Episode 368: Vegan Mexican, Quick Pasta Sauce, Summer Food Memories

In today’s episode, Joy talks about how to veganize Mexican favorites and shares some resources. Marisa’s got an amazing family-friendly pasta sauce hack (recipe below) and now that’s September, we talk summer food memories.

Yield: Serves 6

Chicken Broccoli Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 12 ounces pasta
  • 1 large head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, cut into small pieces
  • Fresh lemon juice, as needed


    Put a large pot of water on to boil.

    Place a large, nonstick skillet on the stove over medium-high heat.

    Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, onion, and garlic to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a cup of water to the pan, reduce the heat to medium, and cook for another 5 minutes or so, until the onions and garlic are soft.

    Scrape the softened onions and garlic into a blender along with any remaining liquid. Puree. If it’s not moving nicely, add a splash more water. Taste and adjust seasoning.

    Return to the stove and salt the water in the large pot. Add the pasta and stir. When it is three minutes away from being done, add the broccoli.

    While the pasta and broccoli cook, put the remaining oil in the nonstick skillet. Set the heat back to medium-high and once the oil shimmers, add the chicken. Season with a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through.

    Drain the pasta and broccoli and return it to the pot (make sure to reserve some of the cooking liquid). Add the chicken and the garlic and onion puree. Stir to combine. Add a splash of cooking liquid if it is too thick. Taste and adjust with salt and lemon juice, as needed. Serve immediately.

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8 thoughts on “Episode 368: Vegan Mexican, Quick Pasta Sauce, Summer Food Memories”

  1. Thank you. I will try this technique tonight. So glad the two of you are back. I missed your podcast this summer.

  2. welcome back! Here’s a question about recipe or food writing: I sort of assume publications are more inclined to hire you for another project if your piece gets a lot of eyeballs on it (views, clicks, pins, whatever their metrics). Is that true? If so, you should definitely link to articles you two write! Not only are you trusted recipe sources, but I would be happy to add another click to your column.

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