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This one is easy & healthier than you might guess – because both the pasta & the sauce are chock full of cauliflower. No cream is used & you can control the ratio of pasta to cauliflower to suit your tastes & needs but the cauliflower in the sauce is a great way to get extra veggies into your kids.
I used fresh roasted red bell peppers but you can used jarred. It is not difficult to roast them.
Fresh Roasted Red Bell Peppers
Red bell peppers
Roast on a grill or on the burners of your stove (or in the over at 500 degrees for 30-40 minutes) – turning often until completely black on all sides. Wrap in foil & allow to sweat a few minutes. Under cold running water – slide the skin off the peppers & remove the stem & seeds. Done!
Vegan Creamy & Healthy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Cauliflower
1 large head cauliflower – cut into florets
3-5 red bell peppers (The more you use the stronger the flavor & brighter the color. I used 3 in this.) – roasted & peeled as described above OR an equivalent jarred roasted peppers.
1 large leek – sliced & washed (or onion or shallots) – pat them dry to avoid splattering the oil
1-6 cloves garlic (to taste) – chopped
1 – 1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1/4 – 1/2 cup fresh basil (plus extra for garnish)
Crushed red pepper to taste
1-2 TBS nutritional yeast (optional)
1/4 cup vegan Parmesan
12 oz pasta
Cook the pasta, drain & set aside.
Meanwhile, boil the cauliflower 5-7 minutes – until soft. Drain & set aside.
In a very large saute pan, heat about 1 TBS olive oil & saute the leeks until soft. Add crushed red pepper & garlic and saute another minute.
Put the leeks, about 1/2 the cauliflower florets, roasted red peppers, nutritional yeast, vegan Parmesan, fresh basil and s&p (to taste) into a blender or food processor. Puree adding as much milk as you need to get the sauce to a consistency you like.
Return the sauce to the pan & add pasta & remaining cauliflower. Heat through & season to taste. Serve with basil as garnish.