LEXINGTON, KY. — Fazoli’s has joined forces with Impossible Foods, Inc. to offer spaghetti dishes featuring plant-based meat sauce. The Italian fast-casual chain is debuting Impossible meat sauce, made with ground Impossible Burger, and testing it at five locations near its headquarters in Lexington.
Fazoli’s will incorporate the meat alternative, made with soy protein, into two Italian menu items: Impossible Spaghetti and Impossible Baked Spaghetti.
The Impossible Spaghetti features a bed of spaghetti topped with Impossible meat sauce, tomatoes, garlic and basil.
The Impossible Baked Spaghetti includes spaghetti topped with Impossible meat sauce, tomatoes, garlic and basil all topped with mozzarella cheese and baked.
“Fazoli’s worked on developing a plant-based meat that tastes great to everyone, including meat lovers,” said Rick Petralia, director of culinary innovation at Fazoli’s. “Impossible meat sauce both responds to guests’ ever-changing lifestyle needs and stays true to delivering on the craveable flavors our brand is known for.”
The Impossible Burger is a plant-based and bioengineered meat alternative that is designed to rival ground beef from cows in taste, nutrition and versatility. The burger’s crucial ingredient is leghemoglobin, or “heme,” which gives the Impossible Burger its bleeding attribute and creates the flavor in raw and cooked product. Heme reacts with the proteins, amino acids, sugars and vitamins in the blend.
Made with soy protein and free from gluten, animal hormones and antibiotics, the burger is both kosher- and halal-certified. With as much bioavailable iron and protein as a comparable serving of ground beef from cows, a 4-oz serving of Impossible Burger contains 0 mg of cholesterol, 14 grams of total fat, 8 grams of saturated fat and 240 calories.