It’s no secret that I love pasta. I really love pasta. The versatility of the shapes and sauces are so fun to mix and match, the variations are practically endless! Then there is the fact that kids also like pasta, better known as baby noodles in our house, and it’s easy to get them to the dinner table when pasta is being served. When I grew up, I actually didn’t know white pasta existed because it was all brown in my house. My husband, on the other hand, only had white pasta and was convinced that whole grain pasta was too chewy, kinda like cardboard. That all changed when we tried Barilla® Whole Grain! It looks and tastes great; he didn’t even realize I had changed from his regular white pasta — score!
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This recipe is for a creamy vegan mushroom sauce with seitan served over Barilla whole grain thin spaghetti. Seriously quick, beautiful and delicious.
8 ounces drained seitan
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons Earth Balance organic buttery spread
2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/3 cups soy milk
2-3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons fresh herbs – basil, oregano or Italian parsley in a combination of your choice, along with salt and pepper
13.25 ounces Barilla Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti prepared as directed
Method: In a non-stick or lightly oiled pan, lightly brown seitan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes and set aside. Boil water and prepare pasta as directed. In a large pan, heat a little olive oil and melt the margarine, add the mushrooms and saute until soft and dark in color. Turn heat to low and add the milk and flour, stirring until smooth. Add basil, oregano, seitan, and salt and pepper to taste. Sauce will thicken upon standing — you may thin it with water or soy milk as needed. Serve immediately. Serves 4-6.
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