Thank you Plum Board California Dry for sponsoring this post!
Today on The Edgy Veg, I will show you how to prepare a delicious and healthy recipe for vegan spaghetti in 30 minutes. This is a tasty, creamy and vegetable spaghetti recipe with a sweet finish thanks to the addition of delicious California plums.
My vegan pasta recipes have always been a success in my blog, including my recent creamy mushroom pasta and recipes for a sausage gnocchi dish.
So I thought why not prepare a tasty vegan spaghetti recipe for autumn; starting with a spaghetti sauce with prunes and California olives, which combined creates a flavor and a meaty consistency!
HOW TO DO THIS RECIPE OF SPAGHETTI VEGAN
We start by boiling a pot of salt water and adding vegan spaghetti or if you do not have vegan spaghetti, feel free to use a vegetable-based pasta of your choice. This is a recipe for spaghetti, so obviously I'm using spaghetti. Above all, when the pasta is al dente, save 1 cup of water for the pasta and then drain the pasta in a large strainer.
Then, combine the olives, California plums, tomatoes, basil, parsley, salt and pepper in a large bowl. To start the sauce, add olive oil in a large pan over low heat. Next, cook a little garlic until fragrant stirring constantly for 1 to 2 minutes. Then, increase the heat to medium-low, add the olive and the plum mixture for cooking, stirring often for about 4 minutes. Then add the cooked pasta and vegan cheese of your choice and mix constantly for 3 minutes or until the cheese melts slightly; I'm using crumbled vegan gouda.
Next, mix 1 cup of reserved cooking water, 1/4 cup at a time, until creamy. At the end, season the dish with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with walnuts, prunes and basil cut in California! This dish is perfect for quick and simple dinners that have a gourmet flavor and everyone will believe you are a professional in the kitchen!
Vegan Spaghetti Recipe with Tomatoes, Olives and Prunes
Author: The Edgy Veg
Recipe type: Main
- 1 cup of Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
- 1 cup of California prunes, cut into pieces
- 2 cup grape tomatoes
- 10 fresh, torn basil leaves
- ½ cup of minced parsley
- ½ teaspoon of salt + extra to taste
- ½ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper + extra to taste
- 1 pound dried spaghetti
- ¼ cup +2
spoonful of spoonolive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup of vegan cheese of your choice (I used vegan gouda and crumbled it)
- ¼ cup of chopped walnuts
- Bring to a boil a large pot of salt water.
- Add the spaghetti and cook according to the package instructions. When the pasta is al dente, reserve 1 cup of water and drain the pasta in a large strainer.
- In the meantime, add the olives, prunes, tomatoes, basil, parsley, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
- Heat the olive oil over low heat in a large pan.
- Add the garlic and cook, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Raise the heat to medium-low, add the mixture of olives and prunes
and ecook, stirring often for about 4 minutes. Keep warm.
- Add the hot cooked pasta and the vegan cheese; cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes, until the cheese starts to melt slightly.
- Add stirring
¼Cup for 1 cup of pasta water reserved until creamy.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish with walnuts,
additionalminced prunes and basil. Serve immediately
If you're wondering why I'm using plums, take a look at my Instagram (@EdgyVeg)! I recently posted on my sponsored trip to Napa Valley to learn about California plums, their health benefits, and why I (and you) should be cooking with them more!
I could listen to California plum farmers, visit a local orchard, learn how great chefs create California plum meals and visit one of the Culinary Institute of America campuses to practice in the kitchen.
In addition, I also attended a California plum nutrition seminar! I had no idea of the multitude of health benefits beyond the palate of plums and how they are not just for old people like my grandmother. You heard me, prunes are no longer just for old people.
Benefits for the health of prunes I did not know:
California plums contribute to important things like:
- Heart health
- Weight control
- Bone health
- Intestinal health
- Maintenance of normal intestinal function
If you care about your health and in particular the above, you will find the benefits of super interesting plums (as I did). In all honesty, I was very interested in how prunes can improve my health as a woman, but I also share information with those that might be of interest. The most fascinating fact I learned was the way a health study found that eating only 5 California plums a day was able to help slow bone loss in postmenopausal women. WOWZA! Give me some of that!
Because plums are great for cooking with:
- A serving of California plums (4-5) has 3 grams of fiber
- Low calories
- 4-5 plums are about 100 calories and contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol
- Natural sugar
- Great substitute for sugar in sweet and savory dishes
Prunes are a versatile flavor that adds nutrients and moisture to dishes without loss of flavor. So, because I wanted to make the recipe for vegan spaghetti with prunes. But you can also cook with them! The research (search link) also indicates that plums can be one of the most valuable foods to include in our diets, making them an excellent component for healthy plant-based recipes.
Did you know that plums could do all this? If so, fantastic! If not, let me know in the comments what you found most insightful!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the California Dry Plum Board. All text and opinions are 100% and I am very happy that the California Dried Plum Board has invited me to work with them. Thank you for supporting companies that help me realize The Edgy Veg!