Daily Vegan Lunch for 11 January 2013: Penne Bolognese

Vegan Penne Bolognese


1 cup walnut meal (finely ground walnuts)
You can make walnut meal by putting 1 cup walnuts in a food processor and pulsing a few times.

1 cup TVP granules reconstituted in 1 cup water
TVP stands for texturized vegetable protein. It is usually made of soy and comes in hard little granules that you soak in water, which makes it soft. TVP is very cheap and is available at most health food stores.

1/2 onion, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 cups canned or homemade marinara, I used a mixture of both

Sprinkle of garlic powder

Salt to taste

Cooked pasta of your choice


As you have probably guessed, this is nothing more than doctored up marinara sauce, vegan style. Nuts and TVP will add substance — a small bowl of this usually keeps me full until dinnertime. Fry the onions in a frying pan in olive oil over medium heat until they are translucent. Reconstitute the TVP by putting it in a small bowl with 1 cup water. It will absorb the water in a matter of minutes. Add the walnuts to the mix and stir them until they become fragrant. Add the sauce, then add the TVP and sprinkle of garlic powder. Taste-test the sauce to see if it needs salt, salt to taste.

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