No Meat and Three Veg. I saw her post at the end of August when I was thinking about dishes starting with the Letter S for Vegan MoFo. The vision of this dish would not go away. Finally I had some leftover vegan cheese sauce and a cauliflower I had bought on special for $1 that needed to be used quickly. Suddenly the dish presented itself.
I am sending this pie to Shaheen's combined Eat Your Greens and Pasta Please blog events with this month's theme being pasta with green vegies. Jac is the coordinator of Pasta Please. I am also sending it to Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary for the Extra Veg blog event that is overseen by Fuss Free Flavours and Utterly Scrummy. Though the pie looks like a lot of carbs, it hides a head of cauliflower, carrot, zucchini, tomato, onion and spinach.
And now for a few random notes:
- On the eve of the Scottish Referendum, I really enjoyed reading Billy Bragg's view. I have a lot of respect for the man and recommend his article in the Guardian on Scottish Nationalism and British Nationalism is not the same.
- Last night we watched a really interesting tv show called Brilliant Creatures about intellectual Aussie icons and I was surprised to find I had seen three of them live. I saw Germaine Greer speak at Queens Hall in Edinburgh, Barry Humphries perform as Sandy Stone at The Athenaeum in Melbourne and a live taping of the Clive James Show at the BBC Television Centre in London. I have never seen Robert Hughes live. And the show made me think about how we hear so much less about The Female Eunuch than when I was younger.
- I am enjoying reading Tony Blair's autobiography. It is surprisingly readable and gives great insight into government. I have been surprised that Sylvia seems to like me reading it out loud to her when she wakes late at night and I am reading it.
- I stumbled upon a Stumble Upon's Vegetarian interest area and was interested in this article on How to Store Vegetables and Fruit without Plastic. Something to strive for.
- On the weekend my dad and I test-drove a car. The guy at the car sales lot had to charge the battery before we started. We forgot this when I turned off the engine midway through the drive so we could swap drivers. Then my dad and I had to search for the car sales lot on our phones so we could ring them to come and recharge the battery. We are not buying the car but not because of the battery. The search for a new car goes on.
More vegan spaghetti and fettuccine recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
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- Cheesy peas pasta
- Fettuccine Napoletana
- Immunity boost spaghetti
- Lentil ragu with chocolate chilli fettuccine
- Soy bombs and tomato sauce on top of spaghetti
- Sweet potato pasta sauce
1 batch of cauliflower and walnut mince meat
1 batch of tomato pasta sauce (below)
500g spaghetti (I used wholemeal)
2 cups of vegan cheese sauce*
4 to 5 sheets of puff pastry (I used vegan)**
milk to glaze pastry
Preheat oven to 220 C. Place a baking/pizza stone in the oven.
Cook and drain spaghetti according to package instructions. Mix "mince meat" and tomato pasta sauce with spaghetti. (I used my stockpot and pasta insert to cook the pasta and then mixed the sauce into the pasta in that pot.)
Grease a roasting tin (about 13 x 9 inch) and line with puff pastry. Tip the spaghetti mixture into the lined tin and spread out evenly. Spread cheese sauce over the spaghetti mixture. (I didn't have much cheese sauce and it resulted in a pleasing marbled effect but I quite fancy more cheese sauce.) Cover with either full sheets of pastry or a lattice of pastry strips. Brush pastry with milk.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and flaky.
* I used 1/2 batch of hurry up pumpkin alfredo but would probably do a simple white sauce with seasoning, nutritional yeast flakes and seeded mustard for a simpler flavour. I think more cheese sauce would be good so I have specified 2 cups. You could always just do a simple margarine/flour/milk white sauce and cover with a vegan cheese like biocheese.
** This bake would work well without the pastry but then it would be a pasta bake not a pie and that wouldn't be so much fun!
Tomato pasta sauce
2-3 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, diced
1 medium zucchini, grated
750g passata (pureed tomatoes)
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp red wine
1 tbsp tahini
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp seeded mustard
1/2 tsp salt flakes
handful of chopped spinach
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and fry onion and carrots for 5 to 10 minutes or until vegies soften. Add zucchini, passata, tomato paste, red wine, tahini, maple syrup, mustard and salt. Use about 1/2 a cup of water to rinse out the passata bottle and add to saucepan. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes or until mixture has thickened. Season to taste. Remove from heat. Stir in spinach.
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