domenica 9 settembre 2007

Conchiglioni


Pasta again! I know... but I love pasta, I eat it almost everyday and I'm Italian so I can't help it! This is a special kind of pasta, it's conchiglioni which means big shells, and they are usually filled with a rich sauce and then baked to make a nice crust on top. My rich sauce was made today with a nice tomato sauce and tofu, ok nothing spectacular but if you think I have used lots of onion and herbs like thyme and rosemary and the tofu was smoked with almonds and sesame seeds from Taifun make, then I can assure you it was quite tasty.
Ingredients:
200 gr. or 1 1/2 cup of Tofu (flavoured one, like this one it's better)
One big onion
Olive oil
One can of tomato sauce (I used Passata di Pomodoro, which is usually homemade: fresh red tomatoes cooked for a long time with basil and olive oil, much tastier and darker than tomato puree. I don't know if you can find it in the shops)
thyme and rosemary, fresh or dry
salt

Chop the onion finely and fry in a little olive oil and salt for 10/15 minutes or until nicely brown. If you don't want it to burn, put a lid on and use a low flame.
Add the tomato puree and let it cook for as long as you can (even half an hour) always with the lid on and low flame. Add the herbs, finely chopped and the shredded tofu (use your hands to make it crumbly) and cook another 3 minutes. The sauce shouldn't be too dry like I did this time, it is better if it is juicy enough not to let the conchiglioni dry out. Although some people like crispy pasta.
Cook the pasta "al dente" which means a little bit under-cooked, drain and add a little olive oil to prevent the conchiglioni from sticking. When they have cooled down fill them with the sauce. Place on a baking plate or any container you may like and bake at medium high until they are nicely brown on top.
Hope you like it!
Ps: I also put some chopped parsley after baking to give a bit of colour!

14 commenti:

Lane ha detto...

OK, although I'm not a vegetarian I'm game to try this. I wonder if it would hurt it if I added shallots to the stuffing mixture?

KathyF ha detto...

That looks delicious! And I've got some shells...I will try this for sure!

The Little Vegan ha detto...

Thank you so much for your comments on my blog. You made my day! Your blog looks delicious too (and it's so cool that you have an Italian blog AND one in English!). You're so lucky to live in Italy; it's one of my favorite places in the world!

VeggieGirl ha detto...

oh my goodness gracious that pasta looks fabulous!! I could live on pasta alone - I never get tired of it! there are just so many ways to prepare a bowl of pasta, who COULD get sick of it? ;0)

Cindy ha detto...

Hello, Ms tippitappi! Thanks for leaving those comments on our blog. It's been a pleasure to visit yours and discover some beautiful recipes and photography. I look forward to visiting again. :-)

Buttons ha detto...

wow, your recipes, photography, ideas, all make me smile! i'm so happy to have found your blog :) thankyou! xo

healthnut ha detto...

Hey, that pasta looks deliciuos, I just had a similar dish for dinner except mine was a little bit more simple.

What is Italy like? I've always wanted to go because I just love Italian food :)

Vicki's Vegan Vice ha detto...

mmm, I wish I could have this for dinner tonight! I <3 your last post.

Theresa ha detto...

This pasta looks so good!

I've just tagged you for a meme, so check out my blog for more info :)

Veganista ha detto...

Oh, these look so yummy, Tippitappi...

And thanks for visiting my blog lately and for the comments! I answered your question there but also wanted to let you know--if you'd like the recipe for the chicken-style seitan, email me (through my blogger profile) and I will send it for you. I sent it to the tropical vegan recently so it would be no problem to forward it on!

LOVE the photo of you meeting the donkey further down...made me smile.

funwithyourfood ha detto...

Hi there!

thanks for checking out my blog. I've been to italy once, the food was phenomenal!
You have a seitan festival? What time of year is it held? i think it would be a great culinary adventure to travel the world going to different veg festivals


Teddy

urban vegan ha detto...

My Italo-American husband will adore this!

Anonimo ha detto...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

disa ha detto...

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