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Nov 4, 2012 08:32 AM


My wife is a vegetarian,so I don’t use meat to give my NON PASTA sauces more flavor,but I do use some losalt bullion,

What elso can I use to richen my sauces(I also can add chicken broth).

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  1. Hi Larry:

    Can you describe what kind of sauces you are trying to improve the flavor of? What do you mean by non-pasta sauces? What kind of dishes do you like to make?

    Depending on the dish, you can use vegetable or mushroom stock. You can up the taste with a variety of spices.

    If you want to thicken and give a rich flavor, almonds or cashews ground to a fine paste are really good.

    Sometimes, finely ground and cooked aromatics like onions, ginger, garlic, celery, peppers (in any combination or type) are used as a base.

    Chicken broth is not vegetarian, so if your wife is a strict vegetarian please avoid it.

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    1. Try adding some nutritional yeast (powder). Not only will it provide great flavor, but it is a good source of B12, which vegetarians sometimes lack. Here is a recipe for a queso sauce made with nutritional yeast:

      Also sometimes adding just a teaspoon of molasses adds a rich dimension to vegetarian sauces that seem flat.

      1. Marmite! I use it in a lot of vegetarian sauces, it adds a lot of flavor. You have to experiment. My favorite is in tomato based sauce, but vegetable and mushroom are good too. Not so much that you know it's there. It adds a deep savory layer to the sauce (like anchovies or fish sauce).

        1. Uh - your wife isn't all that strict if she allows you to use chicken broth - or chicken boullion - in your recipes. Although maybe you're not telling her this?

          If she's a "strict" vegetarian, I think the two of you need to have a meeting of the minds as to what, EXACTLY, her & your descriptions of a "strict vegetarian" are. Because clearly I don't think the two of you are in sync.

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          1. How about Parmesan rind?
            As previous posters mentioned...Chicken broth and Strict Vegetarian aren't exactly peas in a pod.

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            1. re: Tokyoite

              Another reason to talk to the wife. Parmesan includes rennet, which some vegetarians object to.