Ham Noodles vegetarian, a simple Pasta Dish

Schinkennudeln vegetarisch

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Today I show you my recipe for vegetarian Ham Noodles. The food from childhood days, quickly prepared as a meat-free variant.

As a parent you have a maximum of 20-30 minutes to prepare a tasty and healthy meal according to the wishes of all family members. Noodles are often the meal of choice for children and teenagers, although some are already in their “meat-free” phase. It is also possible that you yourself, especially as a young person, are using your wings in the world and that “animal welfare” for you is not compensated by stroking your pet.

That is why I suggest a really good meal here, which will also taste good and give you strength.

I think you are excited now. I wish you joy in the preparation and a good appetite.

Nudelsalat Rezepte

Noodle salad as a popular dish, I will show you the recipe in another article. © Food Photographer Thomas Sixt

1. Tofu as Enrichment in the Menu

The central component of this recipe is tofu. Tofu is known to be made from soybeans. Our soy quark is obtained using a process similar to that used in cheese production.

Tofu is a low-calorie source of protein and therefore not only interesting for vegans and vegetarians. A diet can be supported by tofu. Intolerances to soya fortunately occur rather rarely.

Räuchertofu geschnitten

Smoked tofu cut. A great ham substitute!

Tofu is available in several varieties in Europe:

  • Silk tofu: A particularly soft tofu that is good for desserts. You can use it to bake vegan cheesecakes, for example.
  • White firm tofu: We know most of the western tofu with low moisture content. Asian tofu is softer and more fibrous. White tofu is generally rather tasteless and should be well seasoned or marinated with soy sauce before use.
  • Smoked tofu: Due to the hot smoking process the tofu has lost a lot of water, so it is firm. Because of its spicy taste I like to use this tofu as a meat substitute. You can also eat smoked tofu as a sausage substitute on sandwiches.

Today we use the smoked tofu. The ham-like taste makes it a favourite for our ham noodles.

2. Homemade Pesto

Pesto selber gemacht im Glas von oben fotografiert.

Homemade Pesto, how to do this I’ll show you another post.

I personally like to produce pesto in stock and I almost always have a glass of it in the refrigerator. I think the small effort for a homemade pesto is worth it.

Our fine Pesto Genovese  is the topping on the pasta. It is an additive and not a necessary ingredient in our ham and pasta recipe. But delicious…

3. Vegetarian Ham Noodles Recipe

Schinkennudeln vegetarisch
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Ham Noodles vegetarian
The vegetarian variant of ham noodles with professional cooking tips for ingenious pasta with tofu instead of ham.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Main Courses
Cuisine: Italian Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2
Calories: 763kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
  • 250 g noodles Spirelli
  • 80 g smoked tofu
  • 1 pc red onion
  • 1 pc white or yellow onion
  • 2 pc clove of garlic
  • 1-2 tbs oliv oil
  • 40 g finely grated parmesan or pecorino
  • 4 pinches salt
  • 3 pinches pepper
  • Place a large pot with plenty of water on top and bring to the boil. Salt the water for the noodles well - it should taste like sea water.
    Add the spiral to the boiling water and cook until it is firm to the bite, about 6-10 minutes. Stir once with a wooden spoon in between.
    Pour the cooked pasta into a sieve and shake well.
    Nudeln, Pasta beim Kochen im Topf mit Salzwasser.
  • Remove the smoked tofu from the pack and drain off any liquid. Prepare the tofu in slices.
    Räuchertofu schneiden
  • Then cut the tofu slices into fine strips with a knife.
    Räuchertofu in feine Streifen geschnitten
  • Chop the red and yellow onion into strips and garlic. Finely chop the parsley.
    Zwiebel, Petersilie, Knoblauch
  • Fry the onion, garlic and tofu with a little olive oil in a hot pan. Add chopped parsley at the end.
    Tofu, Zwiebel und Knoblauch in der Pfanne
  • Quickly arrange the vegetarian ham pasta on warm plates, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle some parmesan. If you like, add some Pesto Genovese as a supplement.
    Bon appetite!
    Schinkennudeln vegetarisch
The pesto does not come on the plate in the original! I have added pesto to the dish and find it delicious. Just try a homemade pesto and enjoy it...


4. Calories and Nutritional Values

Nutrition Facts
Ham Noodles vegetarian
Amount Per Serving
Calories 763 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 1064mg46%
Potassium 479mg14%
Carbohydrates 99g33%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 655IU13%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 751mg75%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: Thomas Sixt

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