Friday 18 October 2013

Vegetarian enchilada pasta bake for Louise's World Pasta Day Party

It is one of the mysteries of life that I love Mexican food every though I don't like spicy food.  Riddle me that.  Of course there is so much more to Mexican food than chillis, especially when in the comfort zone of my own kitchen.  And I never claim that I what I make is authentic.  Especially when pasta is involved.

I have a surplus of pasta in my pantry.  Too many packets that I bought at the Mediterranean supermarket in search of alphabet spaghetti for 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.

Then it was just a matter of popping it in the oven and sitting down with your embroidery in front of the open fire.  Oops that is just my fantasy.  Nope.  But it does bake while you rush around after a lively preschooler and try and make some semblence of tidiness in the house.  Mine took 40 minutes but given that everything is baked in the casserole, you could easily turn up the heat and bake it a bit quicker.  And it will feed a crowd (or a potluck) or just give you loads of leftovers.

I am sending this pasta bake to Louise at 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
serves 6-8

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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  1. What a fabulous dish to bring to the Pasta Party, Johanna! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity. I smiled to myself when you said you added cream corn instead of kernel corn. I can't tell you how many times I've opened the wrong can when cooking. Sometimes, I'm not brave enough to "toss" it in. I'm glad you were though. I'm sure it added a special touch:)

    The Pasta Party is really going strong. I can't wait until world Pasta Day to share all the amazing dishes including YOURS!

    Thank you so much for your kind words and for "bringing" this tasty meal to the Pasta Party. I only wish I could have a teeny scoop:) Well, I guess I will just need to whip it up myself!

    Thanks again, Johanna. "See" you at the party!

    1. Thanks Louise - isn't it annoying when you open the wrong can - it happens to me too often with creamed corn - looking forward to seeing the pasta party

    2. Johanna you WON! Your number was chosen at the World Pasta Day Round-Up!

  2. I adore Mexican food - this looks fantastic!

  3. I find it funny that I like spicy food but am lukewarm about Mexican and Indian :-) This does look like a great dish for sharing though and I love things that go in the oven and take care of themselves while you then do other things. I'll look forward to seeing your beetroot pasta appear eventually too!

    1. Thanks Kari - I am a bit lukewarm about Indian (but love it when I have it) - and I can see that your aversion to savoury avocado dishes and lack of enthusiasm for mexican go hand in hand. Not sure what to do with the beetroot pasta - it is one that requires a light hand which is a challenge for me - might just put some pesto on it

  4. When I went to Mexico City for awhile, I don't see enchiladas, burritos nor salsa. It's crazy that foods are so much different there compared to the U.S. or other areas.

    1. thanks vegan miam - it is crazy how different an outsiders idea of food is to that which is eaten in a country - but somehow it often seems to be the outsiders view that defines a general view of a national cuisine

  5. I love the odd bit of food synchronicity - I have unclaimed pasta and black beans in my cupboard right now!


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