Almond Spaghetti

Julie Nease

By
@julzz

I don't usually eat meat in my spaghetti; I prefer vegetables. I was looking for a filling spaghetti with a meat alternative that had a lower fat protein & I came up with this today.

The almonds give a nice crunch & light flavor to the spaghetti.


I didn't get pictures for each step on this one, but when I cook it again, I will. :)


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Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Serves:
6
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

1-2 Tbsp
water, chicken stock, butter or olive oil
1 medium
onion
2-3 large
garlic cloves
3 medium
fresh tomatoes
2 can(s)
7 oz each of tomato sauce
2 Tbsp
italian seasoning
1 Tbsp
garlic powder
1 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
pepper
1/2 tsp
oregano
3 small
bay leaves
1-2
handfuls of natural, whole almonds; chopped & toasted
6 oz
spaghetti pasta (for gf, use gf pasta)
1 tsp
olive oil
dash/ pinch
salt

Step-By-Step

1Place a large pot of water on low, to start heating (for the pasta)
2Chop onion & garlic
3In skillet, place butter/oil/stock/water & saute onions & garlic until translucent, about 5 or 6 minutes
4Stir occasionally so they don't stick/burn
5Meanwhile, chop tomatoes into large dice
6Open tomato sauce cans & set aside
7Once onions & garlic are translucent; add chopped tomatoes
8Cook tomatoes, stirring occasionally, until cooked through & moisture has mostly evaporated, on low to medium-low heat (approximately 5-10 minutes)
9While tomatoes are cooking, toast almonds (if not already done); remove from pan & set aside
10Turn pasta water up to medium - medium high heat to bring to a rolling boil
11Add tomato sauce
12Add Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano; mix in well
13Add bay leaves
14Simmer sauce 10 minutes, stirring so it doesn't stick/burn
15When pasta water is boiling; add salt & olive oil; stir once
16Add pasta (I usually break my spaghetti in half before adding to water, for smaller pieces)
17boil pasta to desired doneness (7-10 minutes)
18Drain pasta & mix with sauce
19When serving, sprinkle toasted almonds on top of spaghetti to serve (1-2 tbsp per person, depending on how much you toasted)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy