Vegetarian Cacciatore

I remember when I first graduated from college and I was still living at home with my parents, my mom made us a dinner very different from what she'd normally make. Chicken cacciatore. I had never heard of this dish. Never seen it. And to be completely honest, when I first looked at it I wasn't quite sure what to make of it.

I saw green peppers, onions, and chicken based in a tomato sauce over rice. I remember thinking the dish doesn't look as fancy as the name may suggest. But mom, she happily poured her hot sauce over her cacciatore and she loved it. I figured I'd give it a try. There weren't too many meals my mom ever made that I wasn't a fan of. To no surprise, I enjoyed it too. I enjoyed the tomato flavors and how well it all blended with the chicken and rice. I also enjoyed pouring hot sauce over the meal to give it an extra kick.

I haven't made this dish since I moved out of my parents' house years ago. So naturally, I had to test this out to see if it would be just as delicious minus the chicken. Also, I wanted to know does it work well with noodles.


Serving Size: 4-6 servings
Vegetarian Cacciatore


Ingredients:

  • 1 box Angel Hair Spagetti noodles 
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 1 yellow, red, and orange pepper
  • 2 stalks of carrots
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) Prego Tomato Basil (You can sub for tomato paste with water)
  • 2 Tsp of Sriracha sauce


Directions:

  • In a pot of lightly salted water, bring your noodles to a boil
  • Begin cutting your bell peppers,onions, and carrots into thin slices
  • Adding 1/3 cup of water to pot, add in veggies until veggies begin to tender
  • Pour over the Prego Tomato Basil and allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes occasionally stirring
  • Divide noodles onto plate, and place cacciatore over top




I love how simple this recipe is. Like most of the recipes I share here, you can always add or take away to your liking. I've seen most vegetarian cacciatore dishes use tomato paste or crushed tomatoes instead of a pasta sauce. But, in all honesty, they both work just as well.

I loved how the Sriracha sauce gave it that kick instead of putting hot sauce over top. If you don't like spicy foods then obviously you may steer clear from the hot sauce. But, it excited my tastebuds and it all came together very well. Also, if you don't want noodles you can always use rice. There are so many variations of this dish that there isn't just one way to make it. But I found this to work best.




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