Spaghetti is one of traditional dishes of Italian cuisine. The dish is made of long, thin, cylindrical, solid pasta which is made of milled wheat and water and spaghetti sauce. The sauce is the key of the dish and is made with tomato paste as main ingredient. With the globalization, spaghetti now is famous and loved by people around the world. As it represents for Italian cuisine, spaghetti have elegant but rich flavor with complexity and high quality of ingredients.
There is a myth that TVP (textured vegetable protein) is not tasty. However, many recipes have proven that the myth is completely wrong. There are many ways to make TVP taste as good as original ingredients. Some recipes show that TVP is doing very well even with Italian dishes which require high quality ingredients and complexity in flavor. That is the reason why we introduce you today recipe: Vegetarian Spaghetti with TVP.v
Ingredient (prep will take about 10 minutes)
- 2 ½ tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 medium Onions (diced)
- 3 cloves of Garlic (diced)
- 28 ounces of Canned Tomatoes (2 cans)
- 12 ounces of Tomato Paste (1 can)
- 4 tablespoons of Fresh Basil
- 2 tablespoons of Fresh Oregano
- 2 tablespoons of Fresh Parsley
- 1 teaspoon of Paprika
- 1 teaspoon of Thyme
- 1 teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 teaspoon of Salt
- 1 teaspoon of Sugar
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 cup of TVP (textured vegetable protein)
- Spaghetti Noodle
Cooking (cooking will take about 2 hours and 20 minutes)
Step 1 – making spaghetti sauce: Take out a large sauce pan or a casserole dish. Add 2 ½ tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 2 medium diced onions, 3 diced cloves of garlic and sauté until all the ingredients are soften and begin to turn brown a little.
Next, add 28 ounces of canned tomatoes (2 cans), 12 ounces of tomato paste (1 can), 4 tablespoons of fresh basil, 2 tablespoons of fresh oregano, 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon of thyme, 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of sugar into a blender or food processor. Blend all the ingredients until they have smooth texture.
After that, add the tomato mixture into the onion, garlic sauce pan, add 1 bay leaf and blend all the ingredients well over low-medium heat.
At that time, take out another pot and boil 1 cup of TVP until the ingredient is softened which will take about 5 minutes. When the TVP is cooked, remove it from the heat, drain all the water. Then, add the cooked TVP into the sauce pan with tomato mixture.
Simmer the sauce over low-medium heat for about 2 hours for all the ingredients come together and produce beautiful flavoring spaghetti sauce.
Step 2 – cook spaghetti: You will need a large deep pot to cook spaghetti. Pour water into the pot as the water level reaches ¾ of the pot depth. The ideal portion for water is 4 quarts of water for every pound of noodle. Then bring the water to a boil. Add a teaspoon of salt into the pot. When the water is boiling, add the noodle in. When the noodle gets soft, stir and test if it is cooked which will take about 8 minutes. When the noodle is done, drain and rinse it under cool water.
When the noodle and the spaghetti sauce are done, serve the dish by add the sauce on top of the noodle. The dish should be served hot since the heat will remain the spaghetti sauce flavor. The noodle will get swollen if you let it sit for too long.
The recipe requires a lot of care and work since the sauce should be simmered in long time. You will need to manage the cooking time so the sauce and noodle can come out at the same time. While simmering the sauce, keep your eyes on it and give the sauce some stir so the bottom is not burned. Even though making the dish is quite time-consuming, the flavor is worth every effort. The dish will taste like it is made of high quality of meat with complexity and is rich in flavor.
The recipe is enough for 8 portions. Since the cooking is quite long, this dish is suitable for gathering or weekend dinner. We hope you will enjoy the meal with this fantastic recipe!