Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Quick Vegan Manicotti

Here's a great dish that i whipped up on Sunday. It's for manicotti (tubes that can be filled with yummy things like TVP, rapini, 'tofu ricotta' and more). And, it doesn't take much work, though i have to admit there are a few steps.
1) First, make sure to boil the manicotti noodles as directed on the box (about 8 minutes) so that they are al dente. Rinse with cold water and set aside.
2) To make the stuffing, boil some water (1 cup) and add to 1 cup of TVP granules. Season with your favourite herbs (oregano, basil, thyme, paprika, salt & pepper). Let it sit for 5 minutes so the water gets soaked up.
3) Cut 1 onion and saute over medium heat, add TVP and brown. Steam some rapini to help it get soft and add it when TVP is almost thoroughly brown. Set aside to cool. I also had some leftover tofu ricotta from another meal (smash up tofu, add lemon, salt & pepper to taste). I added this is and put in fridge to help facilitate the cooling process.
4) To make the tomato sause - saute 1/2 onion, 3 garlic cloves, and add some key spices/herbs. Here, i like to use Herbs de Provence (makes me feel classy!). Add some tomato paste (about 3-4 tbsps) and some water until you have the sause consistency you like. Add some salt/pepper and sugar to taste.
5) Preheat oven to 350. The noodles should be cool to touch now, and make sure the stuffing mixture is likewise. Pour a bit of sause into the bottom of an oven casserole or other pan. Stuff about 3 tbsp into noodles and lay into pan. Do this with all noodles (This recipe is for 2 people, and makes 6 noodles). Layer with some vegan cheeses like mozzerella and parmesean. Add the rest of the tomato sause and then top with more cheese. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, plus 5-10 without the cover for more browning.
Yum yum! FYI, in case you don't know what TVP is, it stands for Texturized Vegetable Protein, and can act as a good supplement staple. It mimics the texture or consistency of ground beef though not the taste. It's a dried product and needs to be boiled in water first.


Blogger jen said...

looks yummy! i make a vegan lasagne in a similar manner - it's really popular with both vegans and non-vegans.

i hope you don't mind, i linked to your blog from mine.

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Blogger tara said...


My recipe made it in to Sarah Kramer's latest book. I'm so ecstatic!!!
You should post a pic of the shirt you made your partner!

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