I must confess, I used to be a cooking show addict and although my obsession had subsided, I still watch some shows and find inspiration from them. Unfortunately, most cooking shows are not vegan or even close to plant-based or made without processed foods, sugar or oil.
But I see this as a challenge and I love figuring out how to make them plant-based and vegan. Ree Drummond's recipe with shrimp from "The Pioneer Woman," inspired me for this Sheet Pan Tempeh Puttanesca.
I love Pasta Puttanesca and my version adds spinach. It even has a short video.
I had never thought of using the ingredients in a different way. And, for this recipe, the bread is replacing the pasta. The idea of making a recipe all on one sheet pan saves time and cleanup. Instead of shrimp, I substituted marinated tempeh.
If you've never worked with tempeh before, it's made with soybeans and fermented which makes it easy to digest and a great source of protein. Be sure to check out my article, "Cooking with Tempeh," to find out more.
To make this dish, I first steam and marinate the tempeh. Steaming tempeh for a few minutes makes it softer and easier to take up the marinade.
I'm using the same marinade I use for my Tofu Bites which are delicious and have a little bit of barbeque flavor.
With everything chopped, you'll just need to add put all onto to a sheet pan and spread it out in one layer.
When I photographed this recipe, I used whole cherry tomatoes, some of which were pretty large. I would recommend cutting them in half if your cherry tomatoes are large.
And that goes for the bread cubes, as well. It's best to cut everything about the same size and easy to bite.
I used sourdough bread but you can use whole grain bread if you prefer. Bake for ten minutes and then check on the bread cubes. We want them to get crispy like croutons and they will crisp up easily without any added oil.
At this point, I like to flip everything so that it browns evenly. In the meantime, make the dressing and chop the basil.
All that's left is to toss everything together, including the capers with the dressing and top with the sliced basil. You can do this right in the sheet pan. This sheet pan tempeh puttanesca is beautiful served on a large platter.
Eat this dish soon after it comes out of the oven since the croutons will get softer with time. However, I did find that leftovers can be put back on the sheet pan and reheated to crisp up again.
I hope you enjoy this flavorful recipe.
I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below for this Sheet Pan Tempeh Puttanesca! If you have a photo, post it on my Instagram page, tag me using the hashtag #plantbasedcooking in your caption, and I won’t miss it!