Grown & Sexy (Vegan) Spaghetti-Os

by Sarah on February 24, 2012 · 14 comments

Yesterday was all about the kids.

Today is all about the grown-ups.

Well, sort of.

Remember last October, when I suddenly had this crazy craving for Spaghetti-os, and I recreated them in a healthier, vegan (and more alphabetical) form?

Spaghetti-Os...Spaghetti-As...what's the difference, really?

Well, I din’t stop there. (Of course I didn’t stop there. Really, people…when will you ever learn?)

On Cocktails with Patrick–one of my favorite CosmoRadio shows–Patrick often uses the phrase, “for the grown and sexy.”

While it might not be sexy, this version of Spaghetti-(orz)Os is definitely grown…

And spicy.

I actually made this in October, but for some reason it kept getting pushed to the bottom of “new posts” stored away for a moment when I most needed them (sudden seizure or hospitalization perhaps?), but with Jenn leading the way in publishing long-lost, pre-move, already-photographed recipes, I figured, why keep it a secret any longer?The sauce starts the same: adding dried parsley, onion and garlic powders, and a little sweetness (with brown rice syrup) to tomato puree.* Of course, you need a heap of nutritional yeast for the appropriate cheesy affect.

*Tomato puree is unseasoned, whereas tomato sauce usually has some added salt and spice. If you can’t find puree…I’m sure sauce would suffice.The change comes in subsituting the very grown-up smoked paprika in lieu of the milder, more immature sweet stuff.

Things get REALLY sexy spicy when you throw in a finely diced chipotle in adobo sauce…and enough of the sauce as you can stand.Instead of Os (or alphabet-shaped pasta), use the slightly more adult orzo that YOU know is pasta, even though people tend to look for it in the rice section of the grocery store.Plays on words are for kids of all ages…so there’s no shame in giggling a bit every time you say Spaghetti-Orz-Os. :)

Come on. You know you want to. All the other kids are doing it.*

*And by doing it, I mean, of course "bringing it in their lunch boxes."

Grown & Spicy (Vegan) Spaghetti-(orz)Os

  • 1 3/4 cup tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. brown rice syrup
  • 3/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, finely diced (plus as much of the sauce as you can handle)

orzo, cooked according to package directions

Combine all ingredients-except orzo– in a saucepan.

Bring to a simmer and cook 10-15 minutes, allowing flavors to develop.

Stir in (or serve on top of) cooked orzo.