Kathy's Cheeze, Peas & Pasta Recipe
This is an easy, vegan comfort food recipe your whole family will enjoy. I decided to add a few peas to my “Mac ’n Cheese” recipe today – but instead of using macaroni I decided to use orecchiette pasta because I love peas and orecchiette together. The way the bright green peas settle into little nooks and crannies – so delicious and elegant. Plus I love saying “orecchiette”.
Get all the flavor and coziness of real Mac ’n Cheese without all the unhealthy calories and fat. This Nutritional Yeast/Sweet Potato “cheeze” sauce is packed with cravable, creamy flavor.
- 1 bag orecchiette pasta, 16 ounces
- 6-10 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
- 3 Tbsp spicy Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled/baked
- 1 1/4 cup plain soy milk
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 3 Tbsp EVOO
- 1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp Cajun Spice Powder or harissa
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tbsp pasta water (optional to thin out the sauce)
- 3 cups of steamed frozen peas, tossed in a pat of vegan buttery spread/pepper
- Place your sweet potato in the oven or microwave to cook through.
- Start a pot of salted water boiling on the stove. Add your pasta when boiling. Cook pasta for about 8-10 minutes–or until tender. In a large bowl combine: soy milk, mustard, spices, nutritional yeast, maple, salt, vinegar and oil. Stir well until dry ingredients blend into liquid…
- Check on your pasta and drain when ready. Pour drained pasta into another large bowl. I like to toss the freshly drained pasta with a drizzle of EVOO and a dash of nutritional yeast flakes. (reserve 3 Tbsp pasta water, optional)
- Grab your sweet potato and remove skin. Add it to the sauce. You can now a) mash by hand very well. Or b) Add the potato and sauce to a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the blended sauce to the pasta and toss well.
- Heat up your frozen peas in the microwave or stove top. I like to toss mine with a tiny dollop of vegan butter and plentiful black pepper.
- Plate you pasta and pour about 3/4 cup of peas over each plate of pasta. Sprinkle some cayenne spice on top for a nice burst of heated flavor. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley or basil.
- Serve! Leftovers are delicious as well…
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