"Something good." he says.
Then I went to the cupboards.
Well, we had some gnocchi the girls picked out the other day (read the labels...not all gnocchi is veg). Yes, I could have made my own, but this was easier and I didn't have any potatoes in the house.
I did however make the vegan cream sauce from scratch using only what I had in my kitchen and came up with a new recipe. Oh it was tasty too! So I thought I'd share:
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup water
- 1 large red bell pepper (stem and seeds removed)
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 Tbs lemon zest (packed)
- 3 Tbs lemon juice
- 1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp dried marjoram (fresh would be delightful, but all I had was dried do 2 Tbs if fresh)
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- 15 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
- 3 Tbs capers, drained
- 1 lb pasta (or 2 lb gnocchi)
Start the water to boil for your pasta (rotini or penne would be nice...but we were gnocchi bound). Then put all the ingredients in your blender, except the tomatoes, capers and pasta of course. Use a good food processor if you do not have a high powered blender. Let everything whirl a good 2 minutes or so. Stop and scrape down the sides, taste to see if you need more salt/pepper etc. This needs to be completely smooth, so let your blender work a bit. It also warms the sauce for you too and since you're tossing it with hot pasta, no need to heat it on the stove. Place the tomatoes and capers in the bottom of a large serving bowl, top it with the cooked pasta, then add the sauce. Start with 1/2 of the sauce, toss it so all the tomatoes, capers and noodles get sauced and see how you like it. Add more sauce 1/4 cup at a time until they're all well coated. This recipe makes a lot of sauce! Use the leftovers as a dip for veggies tomorrow.
Making a vegan cream sauce is kind of challenging, so I rejoice when I find a good one. The girls both had second helpings. I found it a little too rich for the gnocchi but they loved not knowing if their ball was gnocchi or a tomato. Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think.
Happy eating my friends...