Hurry Up Alfredo last Friday. I felt a failure when it tasted too strong with a thin sauce that wouldn't hug the pasta. Fortunately I believe pumpkin will fix any meal. I mashed some pumpkin, stirred it in and dinner was fantastic.
Here is how it looked when I added the original sauce (Can you even see a sauce? Did I do something wrong?):
Here is how it looked after stirring in the pumpkin (you can't go wrong with pumpkin!):
Scrumdidliumptious. The pumpkin added the right amount of sweetness to combat the strong seasoning. It also added enough extra vegetables to make it a satisfying meal. E loved it but Sylvia turned up her nose. I think it was more popular than my recent cauliflower alfredo. Great with asparagus.
We had leftovers too. The following night I chopped up some tomatoes and made a Warm Pea and Lentil Salad. It is a great store cupboard salad, full of flavours and texture, that can be whipped up quickly. The leftover salad sat in the fridge for two days and was great with sausages last night.
The Live and Loves of Grumpy's HoneyBunch for Presto Pasta Nights #240, a great pasta event coordinated by Ruth of Once Upon a Feast.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe
This time last year: Tofu Scramble
This time two years ago: PPN Sausages Pasta, Garden and Global Warming
This time three years ago: NCR Pumpkin and Tofu Laksa
This time four years ago: Fantastic Falafels
Hurry up pumpkin alfredo
Adapted from Vegan Yum Yum
3 cups of any small pasta shapes
1 cup soymilk (I used dairy)*
1/3 cup raw unsalted cashews
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 tbsp tamari (soy sauce)*
2 tbsp vegan margarine
1 tbs tahini
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp seeded mustard
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1 shake cayenne pepper
1 pinch nutmeg
2-4 cloves of garlic (optional - can't remember if I used it)
black pepper, to taste
Put pasta on to cook according to the instructions on the packet (simmer about 10 minutes). Blend cashews with remaining ingredients, except pumpkin. It took me a few minutes until I felt it was smooth enough. I did this in my blender attachment for my hand held blender which is small and there was just a little leaking because it was so full. Peel, trim and cook pumpkin (I did mine in chunks in a tub in the microwave). Once pasta is cooked, drain and return to saucepan. Tip in the sauce from the blender. Puree pumpkin in blender and stir in to saucepan. (Or if you have a larger blender you can blend sauce and pumpkin together. Check seasoning. Serve warm with green vegetables or salad.
*Update March 2012 - made this again and only added 1 tbsp tamari and 1/2 cup soy milk and it made a lovely alfredo sauce without the pumpkin - but it needed the extra 1 tbsp of tamari once I added the pumpkin - though I think I still could have used a bit less milk.
Warm pea and lentil salad
Adapted from Nigel Slater's recipe in Delicious Magazine
serves 4 on the side
400g brown lentils, drained (0r cook 200g dried brown lentils)
200g peas (I used frozen)
1 spring onion
juice of 1 lemon
handful of mint leaves from the garden, shredded
lots black pepper
slurp of olive oil (about 1 tbsp)
Lightly steam peas in microwave. Drain and rinse lentils. I rinsed mine in boiling water so the salad would be warm. Mix peas and lentils with all ingredients in a medium salad bowl. Serve warm.
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