Ecozoic Matriciana


This is cult Roman cuisine (matriciana noodles), ecozoically veganized!

The aim is to save the pink creature vulgarly called swine in a caring new ecozoic world! (info at



Senatore Cappelli’s Trenette 200 g (or other spaghetti brands/types you like)

A can of organic tomatoes (or fresh; if in season a little basket of cherry tomatoes is best)

Chopped Seitan (or a veggie sausage of any sort), about 50 g

Dried (or fresh, if you have) chili pepper in pieces (as much as you can stand)  – optional

Olive oil


Omega3 “Grated Vegan cheese pecorino” (pistachio nuts, walnuts, almonds, nutritional yeast, spirulina, hot chili powder and salt – all chopped and mixed. Quantities to taste)




In a pan pour a couple of spoons of olive oil, a bit of chilli pepper (or whole, according to taste) and the chopped seitan. Fry until seitan becomes crunchy and then set aside in a separate dish, add tomatoes or sauce and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add salt to taste.

In the meantime boil water for spaghetti and add salt. Pour spaghetti into the pan and cook according to instructions.

When the sauce is ready add again the crunchy bits of seitan and cook for one minute.

Mix spaghetti and hot sauce, generously spread with “veg grated pecorino cheese”. Enjoy!

Thanks to Thomas Berry for loaning the term “ecozoic” as applied to this recipe, inspired by the very spirit of his Ecozoic Age Manifesto!

  1. Chicca66 20 March 2010 at 17:46

    You ara my favorite chef ecozoica 🙂

  2. Herman Greene 20 March 2010 at 21:56

    Dear Mariagrazia,

    We tried your ecozoic recipe. It was Heaven- and Earth-ly!

  3. Mariagrazia 21 March 2010 at 11:00

    @ Chicca
    You are really sweet! You also are one of my vegcooking models!

  4. Jim Koller 21 March 2010 at 23:08

    Keep the good food coming, Mariagrazia

  5. Mariagrazia 22 March 2010 at 17:08

    @ Herman
    I am really happy that the ecozoic centre has tested the dish!

    @ Jim
    I will never give up! I cooked and ate this dish with only one arm!

  6. Herman Greene 23 March 2010 at 01:04

    I’m really glad we tested the dish too. Keep the recipes coming, Mariagrazia.


  7. Mariagrazia 23 March 2010 at 17:25

    Ok, Herman!

  8. francesco 26 March 2010 at 17:43

    The pictures you attached seem ready to be eaten, Mariagrazia. I’ve known and appreciated pasta Senator Cappelli for many years and I was convinced that it came from Abruzzi: am I right or wrong? If I manage to find a package of “trenette”, I think that this time I will not hesitate to imitate you. Sometimes an imitation can be more real than the original… sometimes. Possibly in my case it will be an authentic failure. I’ll keep you posted, Mariagrazia. In the meantine, let’s enjoy the meal you cooked! – Francesco

  9. Mariagrazia 27 March 2010 at 00:39

    @ Francesco
    Pasta Senatore Cappelli is made in Ancora as I read on the package.
    But you can try this dish with whatever brand of spaghetti you trust!
    Don’t be so ashamed, just try!
    And let me know!

  10. Agnieszka 8 April 2010 at 21:41

    I`ve always loved pasta dishes so after some searching for the ingredients(I live in Nairobi)I`ve prepared your Matriziana for my family.E mangia deliziosa. Truly yummy

    Grazie tante e bouna fortuna


  11. Stefano 9 April 2010 at 07:39

    How shall we picture the Ecozoic Era? A world based on non-violence, peace, compassion, equality, sharing and love; respect for nature, life, the mother earth, the sacred story of the universe.
    I dream also eco-pacifist and cruelty-free vegan cooking just like your ecozoic matriciana…

  12. Mariagrazia 9 April 2010 at 22:21

    @ Agnieszka
    I am so happy that my dish travelled to Africa!
    And that all your family enjoyed it!
    I feel like having been with you!
    Brava, parli anche italiano!
    Buona fortuna anche a voi!
    Good luck!
    Keep visiting this space!

  13. Mariagrazia 9 April 2010 at 22:24

    @ Stefano
    All these things in my dish? One good ecozoic purpose for each piece of noodle!

  14. mimi 20 December 2010 at 19:32

    I was lucky enough to sample the goodness .. and no more, better, definitely, the omnivorous version!

  15. Mariagrazia 22 December 2010 at 22:31


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