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CHOCOLATE PASTA SAUCE? A NUTTY IDEA!

Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on April 26, 2012

Combining two dynamically healthful foods–walnuts and chocolate–seemed like a wildly awesome idea, but then, what to do with those two items that end up as a truly original dish — one that almost jumps off the plate and starts to sing.

Walnuts and chocolate already meet up in a ton of cookie, cake, muffin, and dessert recipes. So I had to take that great little duo on a totally new journey into the unknown. That started my crazy little brain thinking about a savory dish, rather than one that’s sweet.

An idea blossoms
I had just bought a big bag of tomatoes and was planning to make a traditional Italian pasta sauce for dinner. Then–click–on went a buzzer. A sizzling idea was arriving! Before long it took shape–and yes–the idea sounded like a possibility–admittedly, a crazy possibility. The idea was so potent I could barely control its compelling tug.

No use fighting the urge, so off I went to the kitchen and began to assemble a delicious, from scratch, homemade pasta sauce with chocolate. Yep, that’s the nearly uncontrollable idea that mentally dragged me into the kitchen and forced me to make pasta sauce with–OMG really?– chocolate.

The traditional pasta sauce itself is actually rather easy and tasty, but not extraordinary. What is exceptional is the addition of chocolate–unsweetened chocolate–the kind one uses in baking. The finishing touch was the coarsely ground walnuts that added not only divine texture, but also a wealth of wholesomeness to the dish.

The ultimate fork test
The scrumptious result was a beautiful, sable-hued pasta sauce with such depth of flavor it simply stood out as irresistibly delicious. Looking at the sauce, no one would ever guess it contained chocolate. Not even tasting the sauce would reveal its secret ingredient. The chocolate is simply hidden within the delectable molecules and oozing with savory richness.

So NutGourmet fans, serve this pasta sauce with gusto–and don’t let the secret out of the bag! It’s ours–just ours, and we’ll keep it that way!

NUTTY CHOCOLATE PASTA SAUCE

Yield: 4 to 5 servings or enough for 1 pound of pasta

3 pounds tomatoes, chopped
1 large onion, diced
1 head garlic, finely minced
1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
Freshly ground pepper

1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup coarsely ground walnuts

1.Combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, oregano, and pepper in a large, deep skillet. Cook and stir over medium high heat for about 5 minutes. Decrease the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 15, or until the tomatoes are well broken down and the onions are soft.

2.Add the chocolate and stir continuously for about 2 minutes, or until it is completely melted and thoroughly incorporated. Add salt to taste and cook another 10 minutes to blend the flavors.

3.Just before serving, stir in the walnuts and mix well. Cook another minute and serve.

Note: And don’t forget the Homemade Vegan Parmesan. Scroll down on the page past kale salad recipe.

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WOW! JUST DISCOVERED . . .

Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on January 25, 2012

Until now I have only shared my own original recipes and nut-focused how-tos, along with a host of nut-filled posts from health-oriented nut studies to occasional forays into a touch of silliness.

My resolution for this New Year is to travel beyond the boundaries of nuts and share, explore, and discover websites that post magnificent vegan recipes and food creations deserving of praise and recognition.

I won’t abandon my beloved nuts—I do love them so! And I’ll also share recipes and tidbits from my new cookbook that will be coming out in a few months. The new book, with the working title Gone Vegan for the Holidays, is a bounty of delicious recipes that will make holidays at the vegan table very very special. Book Publishing Company is the publisher.

One exceptional, must-see webhttp://veganmenu.blogspot.com What the Hell Does a Vegan Eat Anyway? Drop by for a browse and you’ll quickly find yourself salivating over some of the most innovative and tantalizing vegan dishes you could ever desire.

These creative home chefs have taken vegan cuisine to an artful level and given their readers a ton of visual feasts with enticing food styling. They employ an awesome variety of Mother Nature’s treasures with passion and have mastered the art of stretching the mind with their creations.

Enjoy the charming photographic displays at this website. It’s like treating yourself to a fun day of window shopping.

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