Pasta dishes have always been a staple in my diet. It's my personal go-to comfort food. But not just any old noodle will do, it needs to be rich and satisfying as well.
I think one of the reasons I love it so much is because it doesn't take a lot of time to prepare. When I get home starving and want dinner on the table RIGHT NOW..... pasta is usually what I reach for.
Don't worry though.... Pasta doesn't have to be boring! There are so many ways to freshen things up. Here are just a few quick and easy ideas to get you out of your pasta rut.
This one is great if you have some leftover basil or pesto hanging around. You can find my personal favourite pesto recipe and the full pesto pasta recipe here.
This rich flavourful recipe will please the most sophisticated palette, even though it's surprisingly simple with only a few ingredients: pesto, Zengarry Brie Style Cashew Cheese, a splash of broth and salt and pepper. Be sure to garnish with toasted pine nuts and tomatoes to pull it all together!
This is one of my whole family's favourites. Even my picky teenaged son asks for this dish when his friends are coming over!! That is HUGE coming from the 'vegan is weird' teenage boy crowd.
Add in your favourite veggies, onion, frozen chopped spinach and some Zengarry Brie Style Cashew Cheese and this makes a super rich and creamy sauce. I add in a pinch of chilli flakes for a bit of heat.
If you haven't tried it yet, get the full recipe here.
How about this LAZIEST MAC AND CHEEZE from Pamela Tourigny of Vegan Eats Ottawa? She tossed our Zengarry Brie style cashew cheese with cooked pasta, greens and some smoked tofu, for a quick and easy lunch that's healthy and satisfying! Click the photo for the full recipe!
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