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Monday, September 7, 2015

Vegan cheesy pasta spiral dish

This was very flavorful---pictured are GF noodles.

Serves about 4 depending on the size of portion you eat!

1/4 to 1/3 cup of cashews soaked in 1 cup of water (this will be for 3-4 servings)
1/3 of a large onion
1 box of mushrooms (I think the 8 ounce kind)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
fresh spinach--a good sized bowl full or however much you desire
balsamic vinegar
soy sauce (GF kind for those not eating gluten)
Cherry tomatoes --however much you desire
Pasta--as much as you desire to make 3-4 servings
Salt and pepper to taste.

1.Early in the day or one hour before cooking the pasta- Soak the cashews all day or just nuke in the microwave for 30-60 seconds and let sit and hour. Then drain off the water BUT SAVE THE WATER> puree in a processor or blender adding the water until it is a nice smooth cheesy consistency.

2. Heat oven to 400 degrees . Slice the tomatoes in 1/2 or in 1/4 depending on size. Bake for 20 minutes in oven.

3. Meanwhile heat pasta water and cook pasta according to packaged directions.

4. While pasta and tomatoes are cooking get out a skillet (I prefer iron). Saute the onions and mushrooms until they start browning nicely.About ten minutes. Add the garlic. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and soy sauce--just enough to aid in the flavor and browning.  Add the spinach and stir allowing it to wilt.

5. Drain pasta when done. I just mix individual servings with the "cheese-cashew stuff" , tomatoes, and veggie mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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