When you need to make a lot of spaghetti sauce for potluck dinner, here's a trick for stretching your sauce out for a group. It may sound weird, but a great substitute for vegeburger in your sauce is carrots - grated carrots. There are two ways to prepare them for spaghetti sauce.
- Olive oil
- Spaghetti Sauce and or Italian tomato sauce/tomatoes
- Carrots (I like the peeled baby carrots for speed and convenience)
- Extra vegetables like mushrooms, onions, peppers, etc.
- Vegeburger or textured vegetable program
- Either grate up a whole bunch of carrots (that's very scientific measurement, so measure carefully) or you can chop up the carrots in a food processors. This gives the carrots a texture like vegeburger if you don't chop them up too much. The sauteeing process will soften the carrots.
- Saute the carrots in olive oil. I do it in a Wok so I have room to add lots of sauce and other veges.
- Add any other veges and saute them till they are all a nice soft kind of caramelized texture
- Pour in as much sauce as you want.
Once your sauce is thoroughly cooked you can either put it in a big covered bowl to take to potluck with another bowl of spaghetti and let people put the two together at the potluck dinner. The other thing you can do is mix the spaghetti and the sauce in advance and take it in one bigger bowl. The carrots give you a nice sweet taste and a texture like burger.
© 2016 by Tom King