Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hardy Italian "Sausage" Pasta Sauce

It's been a week or two since I made this dish, but it was so quick to throw together and so tasty I didn't want to miss sharing it with you. It was a rich and hardy pasta sauce that is great served over your favorite pasta, or even on a nice crusty hoagie roll with some vegan mozzarella melted on top to make a delicious grinder.

Hardy Italian "Sausage" Sauce

1 Tbs EVOO

1 package Tofurky Italian Sausage, sliced

1/2 large onion, sliced

1 bell pepper, any color, sliced

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp dried oregano

1 small can tomato paste

2 tsp unrefined sugar

1 cup water, or more as needed

Fresh basil, chiffonade to garnish

Heat olive oil in large skillet. Add tofurky sausages to hot oil and saute until for a minute or 2. Add onion, pepper and garlic and saute until sausage is browning and veggies are becoming soft. Add oregano and stir to combine. Add one can tomato paste and sugar and stir to combine. Add water to thin sauce to desired consistency, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer while pasta cooks, or until ready to serve. Serve garnished with fresh basil.

1 comment:

Jive Tofurkey said...

I just purchased some Tofurkey Italian Sausage, and here is my review:

Appearance: This "sausage" looks harmless, although it's rather dark in appearance. Packaging is innocuous, plastic bubble wrap. Looks like yer typical specialty offering from grocery store or natural foods outlet.

Aroma: None to speak of.

Flavor: Not much. None of the spices I expect in italian sausage.

Texture: Here is the real killer on this stuff: It's mushy. I have tried the Boca Italian Sausage and it's sorta chewey and crumbly and spiced sorta like italian sausage. The Tofurkey Italian Sausage? No, it's just spongy, limp, and dull.

Edibility: After sauteeing this stuff with spices (plenty of 'em) and putting it into our spagetti sauce, we decided the best thing to do was fish it out, piece by piece, and replace it with something else. This stuff is a total loss. NOT recommended.

On the plus side, it doesn't taste horrible. It just doesn't have much taste at all, and the texture is like tofu, nothing like turkey.