Italian cuisine really lends itself well to an animal-product free diet. The only traditional ingredient that gets left out here are the anchovies which we can make up for with other briney flavours! I created this recipe with the entire Mediterranean in mind. Italy, Greece, North Africa will all be represented with their unique flavour profiles.
Za'atar seasoning originally comes from Arab cuisine and is comprised of thyme, toasted sesame seeds, and ground sumac berries, which grow in the Mediterranean and parts of the Middle East, and have a tart, fruity flavour. The mix also includes all the classic 'Italian' herbs; oregano, marjoram, and savory. The herbs and spices play off the heat of the chili to give a nice biting warmth to this sauce. Za'atar is my favourite spice mix at the moment!
Serve with your favourite pasta and top with flat leaf parsley, vegan Parmesan, or the real cheesy deal itself (dairy oh my!)!