Buona sera! i bring you Ty’s italian feast. : )
these are two recipes i improvised that i think go really well together. i used spinach fettuccine, but you can use whatever pasta you have on hand. the meat sauce takes a cheat by using a good jar of basic pasta sauce, but no one will know if you don’t tell them! especially once they start shoveling garlic bread into their mouths. there is plenty of sauce to sop up with the bread too. Round out the meal with a salad if you have the fixin’s.
1 loaf of italian or french bread
2 smaller loaves
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley, or 1 tbsp fresh
1 tsp olive oil
1/3 c. non-hydrogenated vegan buttery spread, softened
3 tbsp vegan parmesan
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine spread, garlic, oregano, parsley, olive oil and parm. Either cut loaves in half lengthwise, or make 1″ slits vertically, but not all the way through bread. spread mixture on both sides of cuts. Wrap in foil and bake for 12 minutes in oven. if you have any leftover garlic parm butter, you can store it in the fridge for a couple of days in a ramekin covered with plastic wrap. Spread it on toast, bagels, pizza crust, etc.
Ty’s cheater “meat” sauce with pasta
3 tbsp olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/2 bag of “meat” crumbles
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley
crushed red pepper to taste ( i use a lot, over a tbsp)
1 jar basic pasta sauce
a few grinds of sea salt to pasta water
16 oz favorite pasta shape
Vegan parm for topping, optional.
Set salted pot of water to boil. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over med-hi heat, add garlic and onions, cook 2-3 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Lower heat to medium and add “beef” crumbles, add more olive oil if necessary. When crumbles are heated through, add jar of pasta sauce and oregano, parsley and crushed red pepper. Stir to combine, scraping up any browned bits at bottom. Cover, and simmer until pasta is ready. Cook pasta according to instructions on box. Top cooked pasta with sauce and some vegan parm, throw some garlic bread on there, and enjoy!