Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce

This recipe is dedicated to my grandson, D’mitri, who recently became a very serious vegetarian.

1 lb. soy “hamburger” (I used Gimme Lean Ground Beef Style Veggie Protein)

1 15 oz. can salt free chopped tomatoes

I medium onion, chopped

1 can tomato paste

1/2 -1 cup olive oil

1/2 cup red wine

1 heaping Tbls. each of basil, oregano, and marjoram

Saute the onion in large skillet or sauce pan in 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil.  Place sautéed onion in blender with the chopped tomatoes and spices.  Blend.

In the meantime, in the same saucepan or skillet, place broken pieces of the hamburger in heated olive oil.  Use a wooden spoon to break up the “hamburger” into small pieces and brown.  Pour the onion/tomato/spices mixture over the browned “hamburger”.  Cook on medium low heat for 5-10 min.  Add one can tomato paste and the red wine.  Stir thoroughly.  Cook on low heat for a minimum of one hour.  Serve over organic, Italian pasta of your choice.  Serves four.

This is very delicious.  It is almost impossible to tell the difference between this and spaghetti sauce made from meat and it is considerably cheaper.  It is yummy leftover because the spices blend.  I use Egyptian basil because I prefer it.  Any type of basil will work.

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