• Jengo

Vegan Baked Pasta 🌱

Updated: May 15, 2020

For this recipe you’re going to need penne pasta, big or small. You can also use lasagne noodles. Or heck, just use whatever floats your boat. It all ends up in the stomach in the end. A lot of times I just use what’s in my pantry.


This recipe is going to be rough. We’re gonna eyeball the measurements and season via our taste buds. But don’t be intimidated. It’s easier than it sounds. Just trust your senses.

If it wasn’t for this blog, I would never measure anything when I cook. I’ve been cooking since was 6 years old so I’m used to relying on my senses and cooking intuitively. Baking is another story, since it’s a more sensitive process.

I started cooking at a young age but I love to eat - duh. And I couldn’t wait to cook my favorite dishes. But, I digress.


So here goes. Let’s begin our pasta adventure. 🤗😋







Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour approx

Yields: 4-5 servings


INGREDIENTS:


  • 8 oz of pasta or 1/2 a package - boiled and drained

  • 7-8 oz firm tofu or 1/2 a package

  • 28 oz canned crushed tomatos

  • Garlic - about 1/2 a clove or 1 tbsp minced approx , less if you're not a garlic lover

  • 1 Zucchini -- chipped

  • Spinach - about 2 handfuls or as much as you can fit in your casserole dish. You can also use kale or your favorite green

  • Onion - optional , about 1/3 cup chopped

  • Beyond beef - optional, or your favorite vegan protein -- about 1/2 cup

  • Basil, fresh or dried (as seasoning and or garnish) - chopped or whole for garnish

  • Vegan cheese sauce -- see my spinach cheese dip recipe

  • Vegan cheese shreds - mozzarella or chedder

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Nutritional yeast

  • Red pepper - omit if you don't like it hot

  • Coconut oil - deoderized

  • Olive oil

  • Flour - as thickening agent as needed



INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Pre-heat oven. My oven controls were broken so I don't actually know the temperature but try 350-450 degrees. That's pretty standard.

  2. Cook your beyond beef in an oiled skillet or pan to desired texture. Don't over cook or let it get too crunchy. If you decide to include onions, throw them in and cook with the beef.

  3. Throw in the chopped zucchini. Cook until soft but not well done since we'll be baking it .

  4. Throw in half of the minced garlic

  5. Add the crushed tomatoes. Bring to boil, and cook on medium heat until tomatoes begin to soften and dissolve. If sauce is too thin, sprinkle in a tiny amount of flour (about 1/2 tsp - 1/2 tbsp). Add small amounts of water at a time if too thick. Turn to low heat after 8-10 minutes and cook for a total of 15-20 minutes approx.

  6. Season sauce with salt, pepper, nutritional yeast and red pepper to taste. Omit red pepper as you'd like. Add in some deoderized coconut oil or olive oil for shine and richness. Add some dry or chopped fresh basil if you'd like.

  7. In a casserole dish add the cooked pasta

  8. Crumble the tofu with your hands and mix it in with the pasta

  9. Add 2 handfuls of spinach or mix in as much as you'd like or can fit in the casserole dish

  10. Mix in the cheese sauce. It's ok if you skip the cheese sauce but it will taste more creamy, savory, and delicious if you don't. It will still taste good without it though, just not as thick or rich.

  11. Mix in your cheese shreds

  12. Pour on the sauce, mixing it in with a spoon, making sure all the pasta is covered. Be generous or your pasta will be dry. You may have extra sauce. Keep it aside and use it as topping before serving.

  13. Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese shreds on top

  14. Cover with foil

  15. Bake 30 minutes covered

  16. Bake another 10-15 minutes uncovered, watching it and making sure it doesn't burn or over cook

  17. Have some patience and let it cool before serving (about 45 mins - 1 hour). You can eat it sooner but the pasta won't hold it's casserole shape / form. It will just fall and melt onto the plate but will still be tasty



*Serving Suggestions: Drizzle with olive oil or sprinkle with red pepper and garnish with fresh basil before serving. Enjoy!







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