Spaghetti & S’meat Sauce

Also known as…

Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

Approximately 1 lb of seitan, already cooked in broth
1 T olive oil
1 T palm shortening (confession:  I used butter, which made ours less than vegan)
1 sm onion, finely chopped
1 large green or red bell pepper, chopped
1 T minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1 24oz jar of spaghetti sauce (use your own if you’re a better person than I am)
1 tsp each of dried parsley, basil, oregano & thyme
pinch of black pepper
1/2 tsp sugar

In a food processor, finely chop the seitan until it resembles ground beef, and set aside.  Combine oil and shortening in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and sautee onion and pepper until softened.  Add seitan, garlic, and salt, and sautee over medium high heat approximately 2-3 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients and bring to a low boil.  Reduce heat to lowest setting and let simmer at least 20 minutes or until you are ready to serve.  Serve over spaghetti. 

I think this is my favorite seitan meal so far, and it seemed to go over with the family as well.  Seconds were provided and we didn’t have leftovers.  This was our meal before heading out to Holy Thursday Mass.  First Shift of Kids is preparing for First Eucharist, and in our parish those are the kids who get their feet washed.  It was pretty amazing to see our children experience that part of the liturgy first hand.  It was also a long, long night for a passle of second graders to power through, but power through they did. 

And now it’s time to prepare for the home stretch!


About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at .

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