Vegan "BLT" (Vegan Bacon, Linguine and Grape Tomatoes)

Yield: (2 servings; but I didn’t have lunch, so I ate the whole recipe!)

You may have noticed that I’ve been posting a fair number of recipes calling for grape tomatoes lately. The reasons are simple: they, along with Romas, look better in the winter; my grocery store sells them in large containers; and my husband doesn’t care for them. So, in order to use these beauties before they spoil, I’ve concocted several new ways to enjoy them. Here’s the latest:

Coarse sea or kosher salt to taste
4 ounces whole wheat linguine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1-4 ounce package tempeh bacon, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons plain soy creamer
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 tablespoon dried or 3 tablespoons fresh minced parsley

In a medium put, bring a generous quantity of salted water to a boil. Add linguine, reduce heat to a simmer, stir, cover and cook for a few minutes or until al dente. Meanwhile in a cast iron skillet over medium-high, heat olive oil to shimmering. Add bacon and saute on both sides for a minute or two or until a light brown crust develops. Add two scant ladles of pasta water to the skillet, followed by soy creamer, maple syrup, nutritional yeast, and pepper. Stir gently to combine well. Stir in tomatoes and heat through, stirring occasionally. Drain pasta. Gently toss with sauce in skillet. Stir in parsley and serve in bowls with a fork and spoon.

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  1. Heather Iacobacci-Miller

    Ha, I love it!!

  2. Trinity (of haiku tofu)

    Yum! I thought I was going to see a sandwich, what a cool surprise- BLT, noodle-style. I shall have to try making my own tempeh bacon so i can give this a go!

  3. Heather and Trinity~
    I'm glad you appreciate my play on words, or rather, letters. 🙂 You can also search Vegan BLT on this site for "Vegan Bacon, Lentils and Tomatoes," another combination I love. Enjoy!

  4. This looks delicious–and so clever with the name! I love it!

  5. Thanks, Kelly. I love puns and plays on words. They say it's the lowest form of humor, but…there you go! It's very tasty. Makes a lot of yummy broth. Enjoy!

  6. Your husband doesn't like grape tomatoes?! Who doesn't like grape tomatoes?! They are SO good! Unfortunately, they are really expensive here in the midwest in the winter and not very flavorful, so I don't buy them, but I am drooling over your recipes and photos for them 🙂


  7. I'm with you. And it's worse than you think…he's an Italian who doesn't like tomatoes, period! I hope you'll be able to enjoy these dishes in the summer. Or, are Romas good and less expensive there? They'd be a fine substitute, cut into chunks.

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