Summer Dreams of Pasta

vegan alfredo hero

My favorite, unexpected perk of going mostly vegan is this: grains are no longer the enemy. With such a veggie-heavy diet, there's room (and necessity) for good, whole wheat, rice, quinoa, and barley. Long live college days of "cutting carbs." Goodbye "lite" science of the 1990s, dawned is a new day. Of pasta. 

If you don't trust Oprah then who do you trust.

If you don't trust Oprah then who do you trust.

This recipe was born on a Sunday, when your soul is calling for comfort food, but your brain is begging you to eat something this weekend that grew from the ground. Rich, creamy, and close-your-eyes kind of good, this creation satisfies both. While secretly healthy, it's also what my personal food-dreams are made of. 

 

Creamy Mushroom & Sun-Dried Tomato Vegan Alfredo

vegan alfredo bowl

Serves: 4-6

 

Ingredients

The Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • s&p 

The Pasta:

  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 2 cartons button mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (or as much as your ❤️ desires)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 13 oz package whole wheat pasta
  • roasted red pepper flakes 

 

Instructions

  1. Make your vegan alfredo sauce. Put the cashews, water, nutritional yeast, mustard, lemon and garlic in a blender. Blend until creamy. Add in add salt & pepper to taste.
  2. Heat a large frying pan over medium. Add half of the olive oil and fry the onion. (Try to stir as little as possible to get a good char.) 
  3. Add mushrooms and the remaining half of the olive oil. Sauté for 5-10 minutes until they cook down.
  4. While the mushrooms are cooking, boil water and cook pasta according to package directions.
  5. Add thyme, sun-dried tomates and vegan alfredo to the frying pan. When you add the sauce, take a spoonful of pasta water and stir in to get your favorite consistency. Heat everything together, then remove from heat.
  6. Drain the pasta and mix it into your sauce.
  7. Sprinkle with roasted red pepper flakes & serve! 🍝

 

Pairs best with cheap Côtes du Rhône, good friends, and a late summer evening. 

vegan alfredo picnic
Peace & pasta.

Peace & pasta.