This full-bodied vegetarian sauce, thick with fresh carrots, celery, and soy is seasoned with a surprising burst of nutmeg. Serve over whole-wheat pasta for a nourishing and tasty meal.
- 1 carrot, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 stalk celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 small white onion, cut into 8 pieces
- 1 8 ounce package tempeh (soy)
- 1 tablespoon margarine or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk
- 1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes with liquid
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
- 12 ounces whole-wheat pasta
- Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Combine carrot, celery, and onion pieces in a food processor. Pulse until chopped and slightly moist (so it looks like tiny bits of vegetables, not completely pureed). On a cutting board, finely chop tempeh until it has the texture of ground meat.
- Melt margarine or heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chopped vegetable mixture and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Saute for 3-4 minutes, until vegetables soften. Stir in tempeh. Add white wine and simmer until liquid is evaporated, about 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add soy milk and simmer until mixture is soft and moist, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add tomatoes, tomato paste, nutmeg, and remaining salt. Break up tomatoes with a wooden spoon and bring to a gentle boil. Cook uncovered until the sauce thickens, about 20 minutes, stirring frequently to aid evaporation (the sauce will seem wet until shortly before it is done). Use immediately or cool. (Sauce will keep for three days, covered and refrigerated).
- Cook pasta in salted water according to the package directions. Drain and divide among six serving plates. Spoon hot sauce over each portion. If desired, top with grated Parmesan.
Make Ahead Tip
- This sauce improves with age, so make it ahead and freeze when possible. Reheat in a saucepan when ready to serve.
- Nutritional information does not include optional grated Parmesan cheese.
Per serving: 348 kcal cal., 7 g fat (1 g sat. fat), 634 mg sodium, 7 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 17 g pro., 100 mg calcium, 3 mg iron. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet