Monday, August 9, 2010

Seitan Pasta Sauce Over Angel Hair

Here is a very hearty pasta sauce that goes a long way. I used homemade seitan, but feel free to use your favorite store bought brand. If you've never added fennel seed to one of your pasta sauces, I highly recommend it. The heavy sauce is balanced out by the light angel hair pasta. I served it alongside my Summertime Corn Salad for another light addition.

Seitan Pasta Sauce Over Angel Hair

2 Tbs. olive oil
3 and 1/2 cups of seitan, chopped small
1 green bell pepper, chopped small
4 cups mushrooms, sliced
2 - 29 oz. cans tomato sauce
1 - 28 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
1 - 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 - 4.25 oz. can chopped olives
1 - 7 oz can diced mild green chiles
1 and 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. fennel seed
1 lb. pound angel hair pasta


In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the seitan, green bell pepper and mushrooms. Saute for several minutes until the bell pepper softens and the mushrooms release their liquid. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the noodles, and turn the heat down to medium low. Cook for at least another two hours, stirring occasionally. A few minutes before the sauce is ready, prepare the pasta according to package directions. Serve the sauce over the pasta. I recommend a light pasta and a light side dish to offset the heartiness of the sauce. Makes a big pot of sauce, definitely enough to feed five hungry vegans!


  1. Catching up here, as usual!
    This pasta sauce looks very nice. I'd never thought of adding seitan before...
    But those chocolate peanut butter cups! Oh, my! Chocolate and peanut butter has to be the best combination in the world, ever! I must try making these!

  2. Hiya, Penny! I think you'll like both dishes very much. Now to go to your place to see if you've posted something new. :-)

  3. Glad to see you're still supporting the olive industry;-)

  4. I wish i could cook...I sure miss it right now. Your pasta dish looks so good.

  5. Oh, nom nom nom! This looks so good!

  6. This sounds good. I've been making my own seitan so it'd be fun to flavor it to match the sauce even - and I could make it to whatever size... Thanks for sharing!

  7. I've recently started making my own pasta sauces. I've never thought to put in green chiles, though. A little heat is good for the summertime!

  8. This looks delicious. Give me a plate of pasta any day. I love the addition of seitan and green chilis.

  9. I love making homemade pasta sauce and then canning it :D Saves so much money and it's great if you need to make a dinner quickly :) I've never tried fennel seed in my sauce, I'll give it a try next time. I bet it's delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe blessedmama :)

  10. Hi, everyone - thanks for your comments!

    S.V., I knew you'd appreciate the olive addition.

    Millie, I hope you'll be back to cooking soon. Heal quickly!

    Stacy, thank you, thank you.

    Heather, I bet that would be delicious! Now I want to give it a try.

    Jessica, I started putting them in several years ago, and they taste so good in sauce.

    Rose, thanks. The seitan was a new one for me in the sauce, but it turned out great.

    Maggie, I've got to learn how to can sauces. That would be a great time and money saver. Fennel seed is a nice twist in pasta sauce.

  11. Oh wow...this sounds wonderful! I have got to try seitan. I see it in tons of recipes, but my local grocery store doesn't carry it. :-(

  12. Oh, too bad, Michelle. Do you have a natural foods store near you? There are also bunches of recipes for it online - the recipes vary as to quality. So, if you don't like one, don't give up!

  13. Sounds yummy, except for the fennel! Fennel is one of those things I've never been able to eat. But angel hair pasta is one of my favorites! You can fit so much of it in your mouth at one time. :D

  14. More fennel for the rest of us, Andrea! :-)

  15. Looks really good. Seitan in spaghetti sauce sounds great.