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MUSHROOM, SUNDRIED TOMATO & SPINACH PASTA


Nothing like a nice big pot of pasta to feed a crowd. Simple and quick, this dish uses an entire pound of mushrooms; YUM. I used jarred sundried tomatoes in extra virgin olive oil but dry sundried tomatoes can be used; just pop them in with the pasta during the last minute of cooking. No nutritional yeast? Skip it. No rules, just yum.

INGREDIENTS

1 lb pasta of choice

1/2 cup raw cashews

2 cups vegetable broth(chicken flavored)

1 onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, sliced

2 Tbsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp nutritional yeast

1/2 tsp salt

1 lb crimini/mini bella mushrooms, chopped

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil

4-6 cups baby spinach, chopped

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1/2 cup Vegan parmesan, grated

Fresh parsley, chopped(optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Place cashews in a blender. Heat vegetable broth to boil, then pour over cashews and set aside. Drain oil from sundried tomatoes, reserve oil, then chop tomatoes.


2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Drain, set aside. (*note if using dried sundried tomatoes, add them to pasta while during last minute of cooking).


3. While pasta is cooking, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, stirring occasionally until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add to blender with cashews.


4. Add lemon juice, nutritional yeast and salt to blender then blend until creamy. Note* it will be watery. Set aside.


5. Return the skillet to stove over medium-high heat then add reserved oil from sundried tomatoes. Add mushrooms, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook until softened and slightly browned, about 6-7 minutes. Add sundried tomatoes to skillet and continue to cook for 1 minute.


6. Add spinach, chili pepper flakes and sauce from blender to skillet. Reduce heat to medium and cook until simmering, approximately 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in vegan parmesan cheese until melted, approximately 1 minute.


7. Stir in pasta and 1/4 cup reserved pasta water. Cook until heated through. *add remaining pasta water if desired. Garnish with parsley and serve with additional vegan parmesan if desired.


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