We were at the laundromat nearing closing time, and the guy that was running the show had his buddy bring him some food. My nose solved the mystery of what was awaiting him in the plastic thank-you bag… spaghetti! This answered the question that had been lingering on my mind…what will we make for dinner?
“Spaghetti sounds good…let’s make spaghetti when we get home!” I said to Jef as we were folding mountains of laundry. So spaghetti it was, and I do believe this was the best damn spaghetti I have ever consumed in my many spaghetti eating years!
It began with a huge can of diced tomatoes that we added to a big pot and brought to a boil. We lowered the heat to medium and added in some cubed tempeh, onion, garlic, dried thyme, oregano, basil, cayenne, sea salt, black pepper, and olive oil, and then covered. The next batch of ingredients to go into the pot were cremini mushrooms and chopped kale. While that was cooking, the noodles were boiling and we made the faux-parm topping in our little spice grinder. Walnuts or almonds would have been ideal, but all we had on hand were sesame seeds, so we added that along with nutritional yeast and sea salt, grinding until it was a perfect consistency.
Once the noodles were perfect, we drained them and then added the noodles and the sauce (and all of it’s delicious contents) together, and covered, cooking for a couple of minutes. I do this because I like the noodles to soak up as much sauce as possible. We plated the pasta and then sprinkled on some of our sesame faux-parm topping. SO GOOD! Another menu-worthy item brought to you by the bear and the blackberry ; )
This delicious combination of flavors also works well with quinoa. I made some tomato-y quinoa and separately sauteed kale, tempeh, cremini mushrooms, onion and garlic. A twist of lemon and the spaghetti is transformed! KERPOW!