Monday, July 14, 2008

Rotini with Creamy Basil Tomato Sauce

Yesterday's jerk tempeh dish was originally going to be made with tofu, but the tofu I had bought was too crumbly for the grill. That meant I had a pack of tofu that needed to be used up soon. I also had two leftover Tofurky sausages from last week that needed to be used up as well. The end result was this dish. The sauce is really simple to make and is nice and creamy with bursts of basil flavour. Fresh basil is best, but use dried if you don't have any.

- 1 cup raw cashews
- 4 cloves of garlic
- plain soy milk
- 1/2 pkg tofu
- 1 jar marinara/pasta sauce
- 2 tsp oil
- 2 vegan Italian sausages, sliced
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil (or about 2-3 tsp dried)
- salt to taste
- about 400g rotini, cooked

1. Start boiling water and cooking your pasta
2. Place cashews and garlic in a blender and pour in enough soy milk to just cover. If you have time, let sit for 5-10 mins to let the nuts soak up some of the soy milk. Blend until smooth.
3. Add tofu and blend again until smooth. Add in more soy milk if too thick. Add in 1/2 jar of pasta sauce and blend again until smooth. Set aside.
4. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat and fry sausage slices until browned. Pour in mixture from blender and remaining 1/2 jar of pasta sauce. Bring to bubbling and simmer while pasta finishes cooking. Add more soy milk if too thick. Stir in basil and season to taste with salt.
5. Drain pasta and toss with sauce. Again, add soy milk if too thick. Serve.


Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

This looks like ultimate comfort food. And you make it sound quick enough for a weeknight when comfort food is in order!

Anonymous said...

Don't post but read new you'd be here for sure :) - We had pasta tonight too, put pics on FB of cottage,we all had a great time, hope your having fun and getting lots done, see you in August:) Tina

CeciLiA said...

My gosh, that looks so GOOD!! Yummy creamy goodness!! Sigh, mind being a personal chef for me?! :0)

P.s. is there anything you CAN'T do?!

Nikki Douglas said...

Looks delicious as usual - what a great cook you are Vegan Dad!

Vegan Dad said...

It really is a quick weekday meal that can be done in as much time as it takes to cook pasta.

You fly me to Australia and I'll cook anything you want.

The Voracious Vegan said...

What heavenly comfort food! I love the idea of the raw cashews in the sauce. Seems like this would be a great way to use up leftovers.

Stacia said...

Hey I just tried this recipe tonight since I happened to have all the ingredients!! It's really good and easy to make. I've been craving creamy tomato sauce for some time...thanks for the recipe :)

jennycestcake said...

So glad to see this recipe! I'm going to give it a try, especially after seeing Stacia's comment.

Is there an update on the Vegan Dad cookbook? I think it's a great idea!

Erin said...

Sounds like a nice use of leftover tofu. Mmmmm, cream sauce.

Bianca said...

It's so fun to see what everyone is doing with their leftover 4th of July Tofurkey...I'm assuming that's what yours was left from. I worked my leftovers into calzones and pasta too!

montanavegan said...

Right after I read the post, I went to the kitchen to make this. It truly only takes the amount of time to boil the noodles. It is awesome! My girls loved it!

klompengirl said...

Vegan Dad,

I'd like to pick your brain, and hopefully it won't hurt too much!

Off the top of your head, if you were going to cater a vegan wedding meal for about 50 people (40+ omnivores) in late September (Ontario)... what would you serve? (don't need the recipes, just some general ideas for a soup, salad, and entree). Others are welcome to comment too!! The more ideas, the better...

Michelle said...

did you use silken or regular tofu?

Vegan Dad said...

let me think about it and get back to you. also, post something on the PPK forums.

I used regular tofu, but you could use silken. If you blender is not up to snuff you may want to use silken so the sauce is smooth.

Vegan Dad said...

Way to offend my Canadian sensibilities. Celebrating the 4th, indeed! :)

Janet said...

This sauce takes all of 5 minutes to put together in the blender. So smooth and creamy! You seriously can have this ready in the time it takes to boil the noodles, and I'm not a particularly fast cook. I made it w/ sliced up tofurkey beer brats, which were really tasty. Thanks, VD!

Dazy said...

Rotini with creamy basil tomato sauce is a new one for me! Looks really yummy too..gearing up with recipes for the cold winter days hopefully ahead!