Smith, who’s been vegan for “about four years” and a vegetarian “for about five,” says that while her diet is completely plant-based, that doesn’t mean that it’s healthy. “I love pasta and pizza and burritos and every carb available,” she says with a laugh. “But for me, being vegan has a mental effect on me more than anything else. I feel that I’m my most authentic, genuine self with a vegan lifestyle. I love animals so much.”
While Smith probably wishes she could have brought the on-set catering team home with her each night, instead she relied on a personal creation that she’d made in one big batch and then eat three or four times a week. “Chickpea pasta with Beyond Meat is the most basic recipe ever, super comforting, and doesn’t require a lot of talent,” she says of the meatless alternative with red sauce and pasta made with chickpeas. “I’d come home from set and make this, no matter what time it was. It just makes me happy.”
It was purely by accident that the recipe came together, and that’s fine by Smith. “I love all these things, so I figured they should all be combined into the perfect meal.” So, as part of Glamour‘s ongoing series, That Thing I Always Cook, she’s sharing it with us. Bon appétit!
Harley Quinn Smith’s Chickpea Pasta with Beyond Meat
I get the big packs of Beyond Meat and cut it into super small pieces then throw it in a pan. Then I cook it up—it essentially crumbles with a spatula.
Add Truff pasta sauce. I use an entire jar because it’s so good. I’ll usually add chili flakes or hot sauce, because I love everything to burn my mouth.
The Banza chickpea pasta comes in all sorts of shapes. I love the spaghetti and penne pasta.
When I’m done, I top it with Follow Your Heart parmesan cheese.
My drink of choice is always Topo Chico. I don’t know if it’s your typical pairing with pasta, but I think it’s great.
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