TVP - Has anyone used it in spaghetti sauce? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

Hi everyone and Happy New Year

I have a lot of TVP on hand and wondered if anyone has successfully used it in place of ground meat in spaghetti sauce. Thanks in advance for any assistance you may be able to offer.

-- citygirl (, January 03, 2000


well, i made some tvp sloppy joes the other night and they were pretty darn good. even my meat eatin' dad liked them and couldn't tell much of a diff. try tacos and chili, mmmm mmmmm good

-- thekid (, January 03, 2000.

We use it all the time in things that you would often use hamburger in. Sometimes we use it with meat, sometimes on it's own. It tastes better if it is sauted with the onions, garlic, etc., and with the meat if you are using meat and TVP both.

-- Jim (, January 03, 2000.

We use the tvp in all kinds of stuff. It works just fine. Usually we have a little of the real meat to add a bit more flavor, but it will taste fine without it, too.


-- gene (, January 03, 2000.

You can just toss it into spaghetti sauce, CG, but check in about 5 mins to make sure there's enough liquid left. If you're not vegetarian, you can also mix TVP 50-50 with ground beef to make excellent meatloafs and burgers (you may need a bit more liquid). (BTW, Taco Bell uses part TVP in its products.) I think there may be some recipes in the Food/cooking archive--just use your Find button for TVP.

-- Old Git (, January 03, 2000.

I mixed it with beaten egg, cracker crumbs and dried onions, then made "meatballs" which I gently boiled for a few minutes. Then I smothered them in Stroganoff sauce. Nobody knew the difference!! I would imagine if the spaghetti sauce is good, it should work about the same.

-- Keep Smilin (, January 05, 2000.

Wow! Thank you all for the great suggestions. I am going to try them all and also give a copy to my sister who split the purchase of a HUGE bag of TVP with me!

-- citygirl (, January 05, 2000.

TVP will also absorb different flavors--if you bought the unflavored tvp. If you want chicken flavor,let it soak up the chicken boullion broth,ditto for beef and anything flavor you want. I believe that 1 cup when reconstituted is equal to 1 pound of meat. It is interesting to play around with and see how it comes out with the flavoring. Years ago, it was simply Gross. Now it tastes and looks a lot better. I and my family can eat it now. And that says a lot. lol Have fun with it.If this is your real e-mail address, e-mail me and I will find some recipes for you if you are interested

-- lynne (, January 06, 2000.


Thank you for your help. Unfortunately I post from work so I cannot use my real e-mail address. I guess there are many ways to play around with it - I just am not sure of measurements. Thank you all the same.

Keep Smilin

This sounds very good. Can you give me an idea of measurements? How much TVP to how many eggs etc.


-- citygirl (, January 06, 2000.

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