Updated: Apr 5, 2020
There's 3 kinds of whore I am and one is a pasta whore. Pizza and potato are the others. There's nothing like a warm bowl of pasta to comfort the tummy and the soul. But, eat this sparingly if you're guilt prone like I am. Don't make pasta your daily reality or anything... unless you can afford to.
Anyway, to make this pasta, you'll have to have made my cheese sauce first. It's listed below for your convenience. Recipes are below the images.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time : 5 mins
1/4 cup cashews ( I used roasted and salted)
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp lemon juice
2-3 tbsp nutritional yeast (use 3 for strong cheesy flavor but you can start with 2 and taste test)
2 1/2 tbsp tapioca starch
1 tbsp agar powder (or sub with 2 1/2 tbsp corn starch)
1/2 - 1 tsp salt (start with 1/2 and add more to taste. I like my food more on the salty side so I use about 3/4-1 tsp)
1/3 cup coconut oil (refined or the kind where the coconut flavor is taken out)
1 1/2 cup water
Fresh chopped garlic - as much as you like. I use about 1/2 tsp in my individual servings or half a thumb size.
1. Soak cashews for 15 minutes in boiling water and drain when done soaking
2. Add soaked cashews and all the ingredients into blend and blend until smooth
3. In a sauce pan over low to medium heat, bring to boil stirring constantly. Watch it closely. Don't let it burn. Do on leave and abandon post. It will bubble and thicken into a delicious saucey cheese.
4. Transfer into several glass containers or heat proof serving bowl.
5. Mix in the fresh chopped garlic
That's it! Enjoy with toasted bread or crackers or use it in pasta.
Total time 30- 40 mins
8 oz of pasta - boiled and drained
Veggie broth 1/3- 1/2 cup (can be substituted with water) . Add more as needd if sauce is too thick
Vegan butter - 1/8 - 1/4 cup
Nutritional yeast - optional as needed for taste
Olive oil - drizzle on to taste
Minced garlic - 1/2 tbsp , more or less to taste
Sliced Mushrooms - 1/2 - 3/4 cup
Fresh Spinach - about 1 cup -- more as desired
Salt - to taste
Pepper - to taste
In a heated and oiled pan on medium high heat, cook the mushrooms until golden brown. Set aside.
In a heated and oiled pan, cook the spinach for a few minutes over medium heat until all is wilted. Do not over cook. Set aside.
Add about 1/2 of the cheese sauce into a pan / pot over medium heat (refridgerate the other half for another time)
Add the broth or water and stir until smooth
Add the butter , stir until dissolved
Give it a taste. Add salt, or nutritional yeast to desired taste as necessary
You can mix in the garlic now or wait until after adding pasta if you want stronger, more fresh flavored, less cooked garlic.
Add the pasta. If the sauce is too thick, add small amounts of broth or water to thin it out. Give it a good mix. Add garlic now if you'd like.
Drizzle oil for added shine and taste
Sprinkle pepper and serve
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