Pasta with Butternut Squash & Cashew Cream

Different shades of orange are abundant in my feed at the moment. And in my food too. And I love it! This is simply tagliatelle with oven baked butternut squash, some olive oil and fresh sage, together with the loveliest cashew cream.

Soak 3 dl of natural cashews in water for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Drain the nuts and mix in a blender or food processor together with 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, 0,5 dl oat milk and 1 tsp of salt. Add more oat milk until the cream is super smooth. I needed just over a deciliter in total, so add slowly and make sure you stop before it gets too runny. Enjoy with the pasta, on a sandwich or just straight out of the jar. It’s that good.

One Pot Pasta

ONE POT PASTA WITH CAPERS

We had another go at one pot pasta and this was my favourite so far. Onions, cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced carrot, baby spinach and white beans, and topped with roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds. But what really made the difference was adding capers. I used the regular little ones and stirred into the pot, and decorated with extra large ones. I love the salty flavour of capers, which is a bit like olives. But more subtle and better suited for warm foods, if you ask me.

The original recipe is found over at @hannelenesvegetar, and an earlier adaption can also be found a bit further back in my feed. Do you have any other one pot recipes that I should try? It’s certainly quick and convenient on a week night!

Slow Roasted Tomato Spaghetti

This pasta was so simple to make, yet so full of flavour. Best combo, right? I cut 400 g large cheery tomatoes on the vine in half, and put them with the cut side upwards on a oven tray. I drizzled them richly with olive oil, salt and 2 cloves of sliced garlic. Then I slowly roasted them in the oven at 150 C for 1 h 15 min.

I chopped a handful of almonds and roasted them lightly in a pan. When the tomatoes were ready, I boiled the spaghetti. Meanwhile, I put the roasted tomatoes in a pan on medium heat. I added 1 tbsp of extra olive oil, 0,5 dl of white wine, a splash of white vinegar, black pepper and 10 leaves of fresh basil. I let it simmer until the pasta was ready.

When all was ready I simply poured the pasta into a large bowl and tossed it with the tomato sauce, and added some fresh basil and the roasted almonds. The best pasta we’ve had in a long time!

Red Curry Noodle Soup

Life isn’t always easy, and the past few days have been tough. So this warming, slightly spicy soup is just what I need to get back on track and soothe my soul.

• Sauté 2 cloves of garlic, 1 onion and 3 cm ginger (all finely chopped) in oil in a large pot. Add 2-3 tsp red curry paste according to taste. • Next add 4 kaffir lime leaves and 400 ml of coconut milk. Bring to boil. Add 1 tbsp of miso and 1 tsp of soy sauce.
• Next, add whatever greens you like. Adjust cooking time depending on the vegetables. I added the following in this order: diced potato, broccoli, baby corn and carrots sliced with a potato peeler.
• At last, season the soup to taste with salt, extra curry paste and freshly squeezed lime.
• Cook the noodles. I used lovely thin somen noodles. Put noodles in a bowl and add soup. Top with coriander, cashews and lime wedges

Pasta Bowl with Dips

A nice dip or sauce can lift any salad bowl to new heights. And the more the merrier, right? So for this pasta bowl (yes, there is penne pasta well hidden underneath the greens), I topped it was guacamole, home made coleslaw with vegan mayo, and the smoothest hummus you could ever imagine.
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I’ve put a Story highlight in my profile how to make this divine, life changing hummus (after a recipe from @hannelenesvegetar). After trying this, where the trick is to boil canned chickpeas with baking soda, you’ll never want to eat another hummus again. You can thank me later.

Rice Noodle Salad

The best way of serving salads in my family, is to let everyone pick what the like and mix it on each plate. I find that the children are more likely to try something new if it isn’t mixed up. There’s no such thing as “hiding” new foods from my kids by concealing it.

Here’s a lovely salad with
• rice noodles quickly fried in sesame oil and sesame seeds
• oyster mushrooms torn in strings and fried until crispy
• mango
• baby spinach
• sliced sugar snaps
• cucumber
• carrot sliced with potato peeler
• salted peanuts

I topped my salad with lime juice, coriander, soy sauce, a pinch of cane sugar and some vegan sriracha mayo.

Spaghetti Bolognese

If Monday was a dish, it would be Spaghetti Bolognese. We probably break every possible rule in the Italian cookbook in this speedy version, but hey – it’s Monday! I just want to get the job done. Onion, garlic, tomatoe paste, soy mince, tinned tomatoes, grated carrots, salt and pepper. I used to love parmesan on top, but now I use nutritional yeast flakes instead for that cheesy flavour. Hope you all have a good start to your week!

Butternut Squash & Walnut Pasta

100 posts! This is so much more fun than I could ever imagine when I started. I probably put way to much time into this hobby, but I love to cook, style, photograph and edit my pictures. And I learn so much from following the beautiful, stylish, inspiring accounts of my fellow vegan ‘grammers.

Anyway, to the pasta. I peeled and diced half a butternut squash and baked it in the oven for about 20 minutes. I toasted the walnuts in a dry pan, and then I added 3 chopped cloves of garlic and some olive oil. At last I added the baked butternut squash, 20 halved baby tomatoes and three handfuls of baby spinach and heated it until the spinach was wilted. I seasoned it with salt, pepper, crema di balsamico and fresh rosemary before folding it together with the warm spaghetti.

One Pot Pasta

This is a recipe from @hannelenesvegetar, who I learnt about from the Swedish @vegomagasinet. I’ve tried a few of her recipes, and they are great. Easy to make, basic ingredients, and yet flavourful and inspiring. Go check her feed out! This one pot pasta was literally on the table in under 20 minutes.
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Add the following to a large pot:
200 g baby tomatoes, cut in half
1 sliced red onion
3 garlic cloves, chopped
200 g spaghetti, broken in half
0,5 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp vegetable stock powder
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
Add 6 dl of boiling water to the pot and stir thoroughly. Bring to boil and cook for 8-9 minutes, until the pasta is soft. Remember to stir, because it might stick to the bottom of the pot. In the last minute, add 100 g of baby spinach or kale.
Serve immediately and top with fresh basil or oregano and roasted sunflower seeds, a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The flower on top is a tagetes, which is edible.
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Olive & Ajvar Pasta

A quick pasta dish with Mediterranean flavours. Garlic and onions, sliced mushrooms and zucchini, white cabbage, baby spinach leaves and green olives. Then I added some ajvar relish, fresh rosemary, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Served it with pasta (shaped as wild animals – the kids’ choice and the only animals we eat!), topped it with more olives, flat-leaf parsley and a spoonful of ajvar. Easy peasy!