Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

Everyone reaches a point during the holiday season when the thought of one more bite of holiday food makes you feel like never eating again. You'll get over it -- we promise -- but in the meantime, there are plenty of other comfort foods that can fill you up without conjuring up visions of sugarplums. This vegan stroganoff is one of them; adapted from Vegan With a Vengeance, the recipe uses red onions instead of shallots, our homemade mock chicken stock and seitan from Denver Seitan Company (you can also make your own seitan, but Denver Seitan's is better than anything we've been able to do at home). And if you eat eggs, feel free to use egg noodles instead of the linguine we chose.

See also: Red beans and rice with Denver Seitan Company wheat meat for Meatless Monday

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

You will need:

2 cups vegetable stock (make your own for best results) 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder 8 teaspoons olive oil 1 medium red onion 1 large white onion 4 cloves garlic 2 cups cremini mushrooms 2 portobello caps 2 teaspoons dried thyme 2 packages Denver Seitan Company seitan (or 3 1/2 cups homemade seitan) 2 teaspoons salt 1 cup pinot grigio or other similar red wine 1 tablespoon paprika 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes 1/2 cup non-diary milk -- we used plain hemp milk; soy milk (unflavored) would be another good option 2 teaspoons dijon mustard 1 cup frozen green peas 1/2 pound linguine

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

1. Put the arrowroot powder in the vegetable broth and stir well to dissolve.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

2. Chop the onions.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

Heat about half the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the onions and cook for about five minutes, until they're starting to soften.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

While the onions are cooking, rinse the mushrooms.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

Thinly slice the mushrooms (and peel the garlic, too).

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

By now, the onions should be perfect.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the thyme and use a garlic press to press the garlic into the onions (or you can mince the garlic).  

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the mushrooms and saute for about fifteen minutes, until they're nice and soft.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

3. Meanwhile, slice the seitan into thin strips; heat the rest of the olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet and add the seitan. Cook for about ten minutes or so, until it's browned and crispy.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

4. When the mushrooms are soft, add the red wine to the sauce mixture.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the paprika and salt.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

Cook for about ten minutes, until the wine is reduced and sauce has thickened.  

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

Is your seitan browned yet? If so, turn off the heat -- and now would be a good time to start boiling water for the pasta.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

5. Turn down the heat on the sauce to medium and add the broth-arrowroot mixture.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

Stir everything together well and let the sauce thicken -- the arrowroot will help that happen pretty quickly, in about five minutes.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

6. Add the nutritional yeast flakes.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

Stir until it's absorbed by the sauce.  

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

7. Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the hemp milk...

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

...and the mustard -- and if your water is boiling, start cooking the pasta according to the package directions. Stir your sauce, and make sure it doesn't boil after this point or the milk and mustard might taste funny in the stroganoff.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the seitan.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

And add the frozen peas; stir everything together and cook for another ten minutes, until everything is warm and combined.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

That's some finished sauce right there!  

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

8. When your pasta is cooked, drain it.

Vegan stroganoff for a hearty dinner on Meatless Monday

Ladle the pasta onto plates or into bowls and top with the sauce. Serve immediately! This recipe will feed about six hungry adults.



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