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Friday, 18 October 2013
Vegetarian enchilada pasta bake for Louise's World Pasta Day Party
Vegan MoFo, more pasta from the Brunswick IGA, and beetroot and nettle pasta from the Melbourne Show. As if we didn't already have that packet of pasta that E had been ignoring in the cupboard every time he made pasta for weekend lunch.
Pinterest yet again was a source of inspiration when deciding I must eat some of this pasta. I loved this Enchilda Pasta Casserole by Table for Two and then I noticed it was not vegetarian. Instead of frying minced beef I just drained some tins of black beans. Much easier. I meant to open a tin of corn kernels and accidentally opened a tin of creamed corn. I hate it when I do that. I worried it would overwhelm the other flavours. It didn't. I was pleased to be able to use the leftover cashew tofu crema from tacos. In fact if you used a vegan cheese, it would be a vegan meal. Mine wasn't.
Months of Edible Celebrations. She always has something interesting to say about any foodie celebration day so it is no surprise that Louise is celebrating her blogiversary with a World Pasta Day Party during America's National Pasta Month. You can also find her pasta discoveries on her Pasta Pinterest Board.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Shamburger pizza with the lot
Two years ago: Vegan Chocolate Caramel Slice
Three years ago: Pumpkin soufflé pudding
Four years ago: High tea walnut, quince and maple syrup biccies
Five years ago: Lentil Salad and the Dream Festival
Vegetarian enchilada pasta bake
Adapted from Table for Two
500g dried pasta
1 carrot, chopped
1 capsicum, chopped
1 cob of corn, kernels only
2 x 400g tins of black beans, rinsed and drained
400ml passata (or diced tomatoes)
400g tin of creamed corn
150ml cashew tofu crema*
2 spring onions, sliced
1-2 tbsp chopped parsley
2-3 cloves garlic chopped (I forgot)
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp chilli paste
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
200g cheese (low fat), grated**
* If you don't have leftover cashew tofu crema you could use yoghurt, cream cheese or sour cream instead.
**This pasta bake could be made vegan by using vegan cheese or even some nutritional yeast flakes here instead of dairy cheese. There is so much flavour that it doesn't depend on the cheese.
Cook the pasta for about 10 minutes until al dente or according to the instructions on your packet. Lightly cook the carrots, capsicum and corn. (I did each vegetable separately in the microwave - for 1 to 2 minutes each, checking after 1 minute.) Mix pasta, vegies with rest of the ingredients, leaving about a quarter of the cheese. I mixed mine in the casserole dish. Sprinkle with the cheese that had been set aside. Bake at 180 C for 30 to 40 minutes or until the top is brown and crispy.
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