While we had an easy time finding good-looking recipes, I must say that the magazine's recipes use some pretty obscure ingredients. Ground sumac? Persian cucumbers? Let's just say that I altered each recipe in order to veganize it or make it more accessible.
Anyway, here's what we made on Sunday night:
|Spaghetti with Walnuts and Fried Breadcrumbs served with Mediterranean Salad|
Spaghetti with Walnuts and Fried Breadcrumbs
- 1 package whole wheat spaghetti
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup vegan breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
First, cook the spaghetti according to package instructions; drain and return the spaghetti to the pot.
Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the walnuts and cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes or until they become aromatic and toasty. Transfer the nuts to a bowl and set aside.
Add the oil and garlic to the same empty skillet and cook over medium-high heat for one minute. Then stir in the breadcrumbs and spices and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until the breadcrumbs begin to brown. Then remove the skillet from the heat.
Immediately, add the oil mixture and walnuts to the spaghetti pot and heat the pot over medium-high heat, tossing with tongs, for a final 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, before serving.
This pasta dish was good; not great. It's a little spicy and a little toasty-tasting, and the breadcrumbs and walnuts did add a nice, subtle crunch to the dish. Still, I would have liked some vegetables in it to add some brighter flavors. Some fresh tomatoes or steamed peas would've been a nice addition.Accessibility:
This is a pretty minimal ingredient list. And remember, parsley freezes well! So, don't worry too much about buying a whole bunch of parsley just for this dish: you can chop up the rest of it and store it in a plastic bag in the freezer.Ease of Preparation:
This dish is quick and pretty easy to make.Non-vegan friendliness:
While we did have a non-vegan guest over for dinner who enjoyed the pasta, I wouldn't serve this dish as a main dish again. Unfortunately, it's not especially filling.Salad recipe to come...