|View from the campsite.|
|Camping is messy.|
This past weekend I made a vegetarian pasta dish that went over really well. The recipe originally called for Italian Sausage but, as you may know, we generally don't eat meat - and definitely not pork - so I've done a lot of experimenting with faux-meat options to try to get the flavor and texture just right. The best I've found is the Seitan Italian Sausage from Upton's Naturals. This stuff is amazing. I highly recommend it!
|Pasta cooking next to some cornbread.|
Here is my recipe:
Sausage and Angel Hair Pasta
2 pkgs Upton's Naturals Seitan Italian Sausage
1 lb of Angel Hair Pasta
5-1/4 Cups of Water
2 Roasted Red Peppers (cut into julienne strips)
Parmesan Cheese (to taste)
Fresh Basil Leaves (chopped)
Warm the Italian Sausage in about a half-cup of olive oil. When the Italian Sausage is heated through and crumbly remove from oil and and set aside. Add more olive oil to pot and throw in the uncooked angel hair pasta and toast it using tongs to turn it often. It will brown a bit. Press the garlic over the pasta as it is browning.
Now add the water, bullion, red peppers, parmesan cheese and sausage. Bring to a boil and simmer vigorously for 5-6 minutes or until pasta is tender and water is absorbed.
When pasta is fully cooked, add basil. Plate and top with more parmesan to taste.
This was just one of the yummy things we ate over the course of our time in the woods. Good food, inspiring scenery, new experiences...all those memories have come home with me. There is a lot I can learn from getting out of my comfort zone once in a while. I will admit to having come home with a sense of peace that I didn't have last week.
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