24 April 2011

Vegan Crab & Veggie Pasta

A recent 'find' has been Match Meats imitation crab 'meat'. Match Meats is located in St Louis and makes a variety of 'ground meat' substitutes for vegans - chicken, ground beef, sausage, pork and crab. I've used the crab for crab cakes and in sushi and had about half a pack left over in the freezer. So, this pasta dish was born.

Before I was vegan, I wasn't that mad about crab.  We lived along the Louisiana coast at one point and ate a lot of fresh seafood then, but  crab always seemed more trouble than it was worth.  So, I don't know if this really tastes like crab or not.  But it does have a good taste, and I've served it to both vegans and non-vegans and everyone liked it.

I made my own kamut pasta but you can buy it or substitute your favorite ribbon-like pasta. You need however much the box says is 4 servings.

Note that there is no added salt to this dish. The pasta water is salted and that seems enough. If you do want more salt, I'd suggest adding a little of your favorite soy sauce to the crab mixture rather than actual salt.

As an alternative preparation, you could eliminate both the broccoli and arugula, and substitute blanched, chopped broccoli rabe.

Vegan Crab & Veggie Pasta

Pasta - enough for 4 servings
2 Tbs olive oil
8 oz (half pack) of Match Meat Imitation Crab
1 zucchini diced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/4 c white wine or vegan broth
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbs Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp sumac powder
2 cups loosely packed baby arugula leaves
3-4 c broccoli florets
Daiya Mozzarella 'cheese' to taste

Start the salted water for the pasta and broccoli
Heat a 10" skillet on low-medium heat

Add the broccoli to the boiling water and cook 2 minutes
Using a slotted spoon, remove the broccoli to a bowl

Add olive oil to the skillet
When the oil is hot, add the crab and break up with a spoon
When the crab is broken up, add the next 5 ingredients, cover and simmer until the zucchini is done to your liking.

Add pasta to the boiling water and cook until barely done
Add the broccoli and arugula to the crab mixture and heat until the arugula wilts.
Combine pasta and crab mixture and mix.
Serve, topped with Daiya Mozzarella sprinkled over the top.

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