We've all had it where we have been in a quick bind for dinner and need to cook something up pronto! Or maybe we just really don't feel like cooking but we still want something that looks and tastes great on the table! I have a no-fail vegan dinner...spaghetti with Italian "sausage"! This even cooks up in less than 30 minutes!
The other night I had to fix this up because our plans had suddenly changed. Thankfully, I already had all of the ingredients for a spaghetti dinner! Ok, I used jarred
sauce but I couldn't help to add my own touch to it! I started up a pot of water for the noodles, put it on high heat, and I covered it to bring it to a boil faster. Then, I chopped up about 1/2 cup of white onion and two links of the Italian Tofurky sausages.
Next, I heated a large saucepan over medium heat and I added about 1 tbs. of olive oil. Once the olive oil was heated I added in the onions and
tofurky. I sautéed the ingredients until the onions were tender. Then I grated in 2 cloves of garlic; sautéing until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Next, I poured in the sauce.
You can use any sauce but make sure it's vegan! I used Trader Joe's tomato basil marinara. After adding the sauce, I turned the heat down to low and
I left the sauce uncovered to thicken up while it simmers. If you like your sauce on the thinner side then just cover slightly leaving a small space for some evaporation.
Once the water was boiling, I added the noodles. These noodles are one of my favorite spaghetti noodles because they're made with veggies! I just happened to have some on hand so this is what I used. Any kind will do though. While the noodles cooked, I tended to the sauce.
I tested the sauce to check for saltiness because when adding sausages to a jarred spaghetti sauce they have a tendency to be on the saltier side. I learned that a nice trick to fix a sauce that is too
salty is...olive oil! Yep, olive oil seems to do the trick and it
helps to add a nice flavor. I added in the olive oil until the sauce tasted just right!
Next up was adding a flavor that somewhat resembled parmesan cheese. Drum roll please...nutritional yeast! It's rich in vitamin B-12 and it tastes like parmesan cheese. I just added a few sprinkles to my liking and I also ground in some fresh black pepper. Once the noodles were done I strained them, turned off the sauce, essembled the spaghetti, and sprinkled a light dusting of nutritional yeast on top. This was all done in 30 minutes and it was quick, easy, and delicious!