Saturday, 16 September 2017

Creamy Healthy Vegan & Gluten free Pasta Bake

This recipe is by far one of my favourites, Pasta has to be one of my fave foods, and pasta bake is something I've been wanting to replicate into a vegan version for a while now.
So since I had an oven all to myself this weekend I decided to take full advantage and whip up a healthy vegan pasta bake.

Its kind of like the traditional cheese & broccoli pasta bake only much healthier, the sauce is made from cauliflower, but don't be put off its beyond delicious, yes it does taste like cauliflower but its also creamy cheesy and indulgent.


For the sauce
I whole head of cauliflower
1-2 cloves of garlic
handful of fresh basil
A little cashew milk or plant milk of your choice (to help blend)
4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
1/2 a teaspoon of smoked paprika
salt & black pepper
Feel free to add any other herbs of choice and oil if desired.

Broccoli (optional could also add other veggies of choice)
1 whole block of Vegan cheese grated (i used one from the brand violife)
Pasta 250g-300g (I used a gluten free penne made from brown rice)

Makes approx 4-6 servings


Place all the sauce ingredients into a food processor, this includes the cauliflower, garlic, basil, etc.
Blend until it becomes a smooth sauce like texture.
It takes a lot of blending!

Prepare pasta & the broccoli if using.
Once the pasta is cooked add the sauce and stir it in well, add in some of the grated cheese also.
Place the pasta and sauce into a large casserole dish or pyrex, sprinkle lots of grated cheese on top to cover the pasta.

Place in the oven on 180 degrees for 30minutes until the pasta is crispy and the cheese is melted.
Please note most vegan cheeses don't fully melt unlike regular cheese, but they still taste pretty good.

Eat straight away, I would recommend eating with good friends and wine, its definitely a dish worth sharing.


Hope you like this recipe and try it for yourself! 
Let me know your thoughts? 

Have a Great Day! 


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