We're in week two of our Daniel Fast and I figured it was a good time for a pasta dish. As you know, during this fast we are avoiding meat, sugar, cafiene, white flour, and a host of other things so I have to be creative with our meals. I decided to try my hand at spaghetti but I've never been satisfied with just a marinara sauce as a main dish. I needed to "beef" it up to make it filling so I went to my favorite vegetarian staple, soy chorizo.
Soy chorizo is a great substitute for ground meat, not only because of it's texture, but because the manufacturers tend to and more seasoning to make up for the lack of real meat and fat. This in turn adds another layer of flavor when you add it to any dish.Try it and you might end up using it even if you aren't fasting.
For all of my Italian friends, in my experience, when you eat spaghetti, you put the pasta on the plate and ladle the sauce on top. In black families, we mix it all in the pot before we put it on the plate. Small cultural difference but just wanted you to know where I'm coming from.
Anyway, here is my recipe:
1 yellow onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 2 large or 3 medium portobello mushrooms, chopped 12 oz soy chorizo 2 tbsp minced garlic 2 tbsp olive oil
1 15oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes 1 15oz can diced tomatoes with jalapeno 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp black pepper 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
12oz whole wheat thin spaghetti
Put the olive oil is a sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until onion is almost see through (about 5 minutes), stirring occasionally . Next, add the mushrooms and the soy chorizo. Stir until the chorizo is completely broken up. Add the garlic and continue to stir. Finally add both cans of tomatoes and the seasonings. Mix well and reduce heat to simmer.
In the meantime, cook your pasta according to the directions on the package. With boiling the water and cooking the pasta, this should give you about 20 minutes of simmer time on the sauce.
Drain the pasta in a colander and return to the pot. Pour the sauce over the pasta and mix well. Serve and eat!
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