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Spiced Vegan Gluten-Free TVP pasta sauce + spiced butternut pumpkin! :)

on 21/10/2013
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A few days ago, I made this tasty spiced vegan Gluten-Free pasta sauce & added tvp & fried smoked butternut pumpkin pieces to it all,…You will love this easy to make Vegan, Gluten-free TVP pasta sauce,..;I served this on a bed of spelt penne. You can make this totally Gluten-free by using GF pasta!!!

What is TVP???

Textured or texturized vegetable protein (TVP), also known as textured soy protein (TSP), soy meat, or soya chunks is a defatted soy flour product, a by-product of extracting soybean oil. It is often used as a meat replacer. It is quick to cook, with a protein content equal to that of meat.

TVP can be made from soy flour or concentrate, containing 50% and 70% soy protein, respectively; they have a mild beany flavor. Both require rehydration before use, sometimes with flavoring added in the same step. TVP is extruded causing a change in the structure of the soy protein which results in a fibrous, spongy matrix, similar in texture to meat. In its dehydrated form, TVP has a shelf life of longer than a year, but will spoil within several days after being hydrated. In its flaked form, it can be used similarly to ground meat.

Textured vegetable protein is a versatile substance; different forms allow it to take on the texture of whatever ground meat it is substituting. Using TVP, one can make vegetarian or vegan versions of traditional meat dishes, such as chili con carnespaghetti Bolognesesloppy joestacosburgers, or burritos.

Soy protein TVP can also be used as a low-cost/high nutrition extender in comminuted meat and poultry products, and in tuna salads. 

Textured vegetable protein can be found in food health stores or in large supermarkets, usually in the bulk section.

Recipe: For 3 persons


1 bottle of 680 gr tomato passata

2 fat cloves of garlic, peeled & finely cut up

1 fat big white onion, peeled & finely cut up

black pepper: 15 grins

Maldon sea salt: 1 teaspoon + a bit extra

dried chili flakes: 1 teaspoon, divided into 1/4 teaspoon &+ 3/4 teaspoon

spiced up sea salt

350 light organic spelt penne

350 gr butternut pumpkin, peeled, threads & pits removed, cut into bite-sized chunks

TVP = Texturized Vegetable Protein = 2 cups

4 cups of a vegan gluten-free hot stock to soak your 2 cups of TVP in for 10 minutes.

a fruity evoo

1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano

5 mushrooms, cleaned & cut into smaller pieces

1 can of chickpeas, rinsed & well-drained


1. First, soak your dry TVP curls into 4 cups of hot vegan & gluten-free stock. Let the TVP curls soak into the hot stock for about 10 minutes or as long as it is said on the package. After these 10 minutes, the TVP-curls have grown into size, drain well & drain each tvp-curl by squeezing the hot stock out of each of them!

2. In the meantime, make your tomato sauce. In a large cooking pot, pour some olive oil. Heat up, fry your garlic, onion & mushroom pieces in it. Add 1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes, 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano, some black pepper & some Maldon sea salt & fry until al dente. Stir often. Add tomato passata & 250 ml of hot water. Now, add the TVP-curls to the sauce & 3/4 teaspoon of the rest of the dried chili flakes. Taste. Add some sea salt too. I added 1 teaspoon. Stir well & reduce your sauce or cook it for about 10 to 15 minutes or until it is to your liking! Taste! The TVP- curls are so tasty & swollen, better than meat, I say. When your sauce is nearly ready, add your chickpeas to the sauce & heat up!! Cook your spelt penne according to your packet instructions. Drain your spelt penne & add to your pasta sauce

3. Fry your butternut cubes in some fruity evoo until al dente. I fried mine under a fitted lid. I added 10 grins of spiced sea salt to it. Fry on all sides until browned & cooked through,…The butternut mustn’t fall apart though! 🙂

4. Now, plate up just like above! Take your pasta plate & place the penne-tomato-tvp sauce onto your plate. Scatter some fried spiced butternut pieces all over your plates,…Enjoy!! 🙂




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58 responses to “Spiced Vegan Gluten-Free TVP pasta sauce + spiced butternut pumpkin! :)

  1. I’m so excited about pumpkin this year, I just can’t get enough. And this looks wonderful!

  2. Saskia (1=2) says:

    This looks awesome Sophie, and just in time for Halloween with that tasty fried pumpkin! I love that you scattered the pumpkin on top instead of stirring it through the sauce. PS> I’ve never tried TVP but I’m intrigued.

  3. lou says:

    Hello Sophie,
    It looks again very delicious. Well done!

  4. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’ve never tried TVP. It sounds interesting and I love how it takes on the form of meat and is a healthy replacement. This is a wonderful looking pumpkin dish xx

  5. Penniless Veggie says:

    Looks like a really inventive way to use TVP – I will give this a go!

  6. mmmarzipan says:

    Yum!!! I used to love TVP when I was a teenage vegetarian! Great combo of flavours 🙂

  7. Liz says:

    loving the charred bits in the final dish!!

  8. Love the roasted butternut in this delicious fall pasta recipe! Yum!

  9. laurasmess says:

    Hm, that TVP looks… interesting… in its raw form! With your gorgeous sauce and the roasted pumpkin it looks delicious though. You’re very innovative Sophie! Love every bit of this dish! xx

  10. Tammy says:

    I always think of butternut as a fall dish but in reality, we get it in the summer. Good thing I freeze it!

  11. That looks and sounds so delicious!

  12. Norma Chang says:

    Like your treatment of the butternut squash, great idea,

  13. Liz says:

    I always learn new ingredients from your posts. TVP I have never used but the dish looks delicious and I haven’t had dinner tonight. I am starving!!!

  14. This looks so hearty and delicious. Where’s my plate?

  15. This looks absolutely delicious 😀
    Butternut pumpkin is my favourite!


  16. I’ve never seen tvp before!

  17. Ina gawne says:

    Great pasta dish Sophie! I have never heard of TVP before – sounds like a good protein in place of meat.

  18. What an awesome Fall dish Sophie – looks wonderful!!

  19. looks delicious! Interesting post too.

  20. Koko says:

    Sophie, Sophie, Sophie….this looks TOO good!! Look at that stunning sauce….I want this for dinner tonight. Ultimate winter comfort!

  21. Oh yum! This just looks so delicious!

  22. I’m going to move into your house Sophie, this looks amazing.

  23. A perfectly hearty fall pasta- This one has got it all! TVP isn’t often on the menu around here, but you’ve just given me a good reason to reconsider that.

  24. afracooking says:

    Prefect for this time of year!!

  25. rika@vm says:

    I’ve yet to make pumpkin dishes… 😦 Love the spiced pasta! Mmmmm!

  26. Oh! I have TVP in my pantry and needed to know what to do with it! Thanks for the post!

  27. lefoodsnob says:

    This makes me want to eat some pumpkin pasta!

  28. Pumpkin sauce with soy meat is sounds a great invention Sophie….
    you’re a talented cook!

  29. I bet this plate is delicious!!!! I love pumpkin!!! 🙂

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