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Sophia Institute Press shares a featured recipe from The Lenten Cookbook by chef David Geisser and Dr. Scott Hahn.

Fettuccine with Papaya Salad

Serves 4


2 red chili peppers, minced
4 tsp (20 g) fresh ginger, sliced thin
2 Tbsp sesame seeds, roasted
2 Tbsp sesame oil
8 oz (200 g) Tempeh, cubed
Juice of 1 lime
4 Tbsp soy sauce
5 Tbsp fish sauce
Scant ½ cup (100 mL) vegetable broth
7 Tbsp peanut oil
1 tsp agave syrup
2 papayas, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
2 cups (400 g) konjac fettuccine
10 tsp (50 g) fresh cilantro leaves
Dried chili threads
Sea salt
Black pepper, freshly ground


Mix half of the chili peppers, half of the ginger, half of the sesame seeds, and half of the sesame oil. Marinate the tempeh cubes in the mixture for 15 minutes.

Mix the lime juice with the soy sauce, fish sauce, vegetable broth, remaining chili peppers, remaining ginger, and remaining sesame seeds with 4 Tbsp peanut oil and the agave syrup. Place the papaya and cucumber in a shallow bowl and toss with half of the lime-soy vinaigrette. Prepare the pasta according to cooking instructions and drain. Mix the hot fettuccine into the papaya-cucumber salad.

In a wok, heat the remaining peanut oil until very hot. Season the tempeh with sea salt and pepper and fry in the hot oil until light brown.

Serve with the papaya and cucumber salad. Sprinkle the cilantro leaves over the salad. Drizzle everything with the remaining lime-soy vinaigrette and garnish with chili threads, if desired.

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About The Lenten Cookbook:

From breads to stews to omelets and desserts, award-winning chef and former Vatican Swiss Guard David Geisser returns with 75 new international recipes that were specially conceived for the penitential season of Lent. From delicious soups and salads to zesty curries and classic Lenten staples, Chef Geisser offers here a uniquely Catholic way of celebrating the Lenten season in your home each year.

Much more than a cookbook, this first-ever guidebook for mealtimes in Lent features essays from acclaimed biblical scholar Scott Hahn, who reflects on the history of fasting and its integral role in our personal spiritual growth. Hahn guides you on how to practice a holy Lent that will enable you to return your focus to Christ, and how to carry the unique and extraordinary joys of Lent forward into the rest of the year. You’ll also learn of forgotten Catholic traditions and timeless customs, such as St. Martin’s Lent, Ember Days, and Rogation Days and how you can apply these time-honored periods of grace to your spiritual life today.

Here’s a culinary masterpiece that is a must-have for any Catholic and an ideal gift for a loved one’s kitchen or coffee table. It also includes:

  • Scores of meatless dishes that are both simple and savory
  • Nearly 50 pages of exclusive content from Scott Hahn on the Lenten season
  • Over a dozen meals ideally suited for those pursuing a rigorous Lent
  • Several variations on the traditional Lenten hot-cross bun recipe
  • Inspiring Scripture verses and quotes from the saints to keep you on track this Lent.


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This excerpt from The Lenten Cookbook is printed here with the kind permission of the publisher, Sophia Institute Press.