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    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    A Vegan Pasta What’s More!

    The idea of this dish is inspired by the South of Italy Province of Puglia
    Mario Batalli who I really admire, cooks a lot of food from there.
    It is renowned for its simple vegetarian food
    Not all vegetarian but ‘making the most of what you have’ type of food
    I like Vegetarian food, but this is unusual for me. No dairy or animal products at all...but for anyone who is interested, this is a fabulous pasta dish.
    Very easy, just a little tomato sauce mixed with cooked spaghetti, topped with herby breadcrumbs
    As they say Healthy As. And I say Simple As
    Except for the spaghetti… all made by moi.

    I made breadcrumbs from some leftover bread, that I had made by my own two hands

    Sage and parsley from my little garden
    Not the other vege though
    All courtesy of the local supermarket

    2 cloves peeled garlic lightly Smashed
    6 leaves sage
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons chopped parsley
    6-8 bail leaves chopped
    2 handfuls fresh breadcrumbs
    Freshly ground black pepper
    Pinch sea salt

    3 tablespoon olive oil
    1 red onion peeled and chopped
    1 red pepper finely chopped
    4 medium tomatoes chopped
    Chili to taste
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    200 gms spaghetti cooked to manufacturers instructions

    For the tomato sauce
    Sauté onion, pepper in olive oil till soft
    Add chili and tomatoes
    Sauté about 5 minutes
    Don't cook too long, the fresh taste is what we are after
    Season with S&P and a little sugar

    Meanwhile cook the spaghetti

    In another pan gently heat the garlic and sage leaves in olive oil
    Chop the sage with parsley and basil
    Chop the garlic and add to the tomato sauce

    Add breadcrumbs to flavoured oil
    Toast till just crisp
    Add chopped herbs and season with S&P

    When spaghetti is cooked add to tomato sauce
    Mix well

    Serve topped with seasoned breadcrumbs and devour


    Alisha said...

    That looks grand! I may have to try this soon :-)

    katiez said...

    I love this - I love the herbs in it.... duly noted for next summer when I have tomatoes again

    So Simple said...

    I really like the fried sage Katie. It really changes that herb. Thank god for the Italians or I would have only been using it in stuffing!