Johnny Marzetti : Vegan Recipes

Category : Vegan Recipes

Vegan RecipesJohnny Marzetti is a baked casserole that first gained popularity when The Zone Diet became popular a few years back. I’ve had it before, and it is definitely a delicious casserole. With a little experimentation, I’ve been able to devise vegan recipes for a vegan version of Johnny Marzetti that captures the essence of this delicious dish.

Here are the ingredients that you’re going to need to have on hand:

  •  8 ounces dried pasta (I use elbow macaroni)
  •  1 pound firm tofu, frozen, thawed and crumbled
  •  2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
  •  2 teaspoons garlic powder
  •  2 teaspoons onion powder
  •  1 tablespoon ground cumin
  •  1 tablespoon chile powder (real ground chile, not “chili powder” that is a mix of chilies, garlic, cumin)
  •  oil
  •  1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  •  1 tablespoon ground cumin
  •  1 teaspoon chile powder
  •  1/2 cup ketchup
  •  1/4 cup vegan Worcestershire sauce
  •  1 (15 ounce) can Mexicorn, drained
  •  1/2 to 1 cup vegan cheddar cheese, shredded
  •  1/2 cup Italian parsley, chopped
  •  salt, to taste

You can begin preparing these vegan recipes by cooking your pasta according to package instructions. Make sure that you leave the pasta slightly al dente, because it will cook more once you pop the Marzetti into the oven. While your pasta is cooking, go ahead and heat a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat.

In the pan, combine your tofu, nutritional yeast, garlic and onion powders, cumin, and chile powder. Cook these ingredients together for 5-8 minutes, or until the tofu is nicely browned on all sides. Once the tofu has finished cooking, go ahead and add in all of your other ingredients, save for the vegan cheese and parsley. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain it well and then add it to the pan also. Stir everything together well.

Add your salt according to taste. Next, add the cheese and stir it in until it has melted completely. Add the parsley, and it is ready to serve. I like to serve it with a side of green beans and some good, old fashioned garlic bread.

With prep and cooking time combined, this casserole is only going to take about 20 minutes to prepare, and a single one of these vegan recipes will make between 6-8 servings. Bon appetite!