All the goodness of pasta with a “meaty” red sauce, but made entirely of vegetables and nuts! You won’t believe it’s vegan!
- 3 pounds zucchini (2 to 3 inches in diameter – for making the “zoodles”)
- 1 head of cauliflower (broken into large florets)
- 2 carrots (peeled)
- 8 ounces crimini mushrooms (cleaned and stems trimmed)
- 1 medium yellow onion (halved or quartered)
- 3 cloves garlic (peeled)
- 1 cup walnuts
- 2 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes (I love the Muir Glen brand)
- 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
- 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional (adds a savory quality))
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (to taste)
- Place sundried tomatoes to soak in warm water while you prep the veggies.
- In a food processor, pulse or shred the cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and garlic until they are all shredded or pulsed into very fine pieces.
- Add the shredded vegetables to a large, deep nonstick or cast iron skillet on medium-high heat.
- Sweat/saute the vegetables until they reduce in volume and the water is mostly cooked out.
- Grind the walnuts into a coarse meal using a food processor, and add to the skillet along with the salt, dried herbs, and nutritional yeast. Stir to combine and “bloom” the seasonings.
- Drain the sundried tomatoes from the soaking liquid and add to the food processor along with 1 can of crushed tomatoes. Puree until smooth, then add to the pan along with the second can of tomatoes. Taste for seasonings, and add 1 tsp. maple syrup if the sauce seems too acidic.
- Bring to a simmer, then reduce to low, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through and slightly reduced.
- While the sauce is simmering, prepare the “zoodles.”
- Using a spiralizer or similar tool, julienne the zucchini into long noodle-like shapes. To prevent extra-long strands, pierce a sharp knife into the squash vertically along the length in 1 inch intervals. This will provide a stopping point for the blade and create shorter “zoodles.”
- This sauce is also great over pasta!