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The Devil’s Pasta Arrabiata

October 17, 2017

  “Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste,” – Mick Jagger, Sympathy for the Devil. If the devil came to dinner, what would you serve him? Perhaps Pasta Arrabiata? Because it’s hot as h*ll and pairs well with seitan! Ha ha ha! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Arrabiata actually means “angry,”… Read More ›

Cherry Tomato and Basil Pasta (Or Quinoa) in Garlicky White Wine Sauce

    Summer cooking doesn’t get any easier – or more delicious – than this. This is one of my mom’s pasta sauce recipes, one that she made only in the late days of Summer, when perfectly ripened tomatoes and sweet basil were plentiful. It’s one of those perfect summer meals. It’s fast – you can… Read More ›

Glorious Green Goo (Spinach Artichoke Dip/Sandwich Spread/Pasta Sauce)

It’s a dip! It’s a sandwich spread! It’s a pasta sauce! It’s easy, fast, healthy, vegan, and gluten-free! “It” is my take on white bean-spinach-artichoke dip. I realize there were a number of white bean-spinach-artichoke dip recipes floating around the internet a few years ago, and while I can’t claim mine is superior to all… Read More ›

Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli, Capers, and Lemon

St. Patrick’s Day is approaching, the day when everyone in America suddenly wants to be just like me – or at least, they want to be Irish! True, Americans have some very odd ideas about what being Irish means. The celebration basically comes down to wearing green, pinching people who don’t wear green, drinking beer,… Read More ›

Meatless Monday: Healthy Vegan Penne Alla Vodka (Pasta in Pink Sauce)

Is Penne Alla Vodka (also known as “pasta with pink sauce”) American or Italian? Some say of course it’s Italian! Why else would it be served in every chain Italian restaurant? Some insist the recipe was created at Dante, a restaurant in Bologna, Italy. Others say baloney, Penne Alla Vodka is about as Italian as a… Read More ›

Vegan Baked Spaghetti

Meatless Monday: Baked Spaghetti (Vegan)

Ah, baked spaghetti. One of my family’s favorite “company casseroles.” A cross between spaghetti and lasagna. It’s not only easy and delicious, but you can make it ahead of time. Here is my veganized version.

Upton’s Naturals Italian Seitan – The Best Thing To Happen To Spaghetti Since Italy!

Growing up, Charlotte, NC was not a very diverse place. We didn’t have many “Eye-talians” living in the city; therefore, we had limited knowledge of Italian food. “Spaghetti” meant thick, soft, overcooked spaghetti noodles with ketchup.  (I really wish I was exaggerating about this one, but I’m not.  Much.) “Spaghetti Bolognese” meant a little ground… Read More ›

Artichoke Lover’s Pasta Salad

Perhaps you have a loved one addicted to artichokes.  Or perhaps it is you yourself who has the addiction.  You have two choices:  go to a meeting of Artichoke Lovers Anonymous and admit you are powerless before the tasty little thistle; OR augment your cooking repertoire with recipes like this one. “This one” is a… Read More ›

Vegan Creamy Springtime Pasta

Vegan Pasta with Creamy White Wine Sauce, Baby Asparagus, and Sauteed Mushrooms

I was so thrilled to find that being vegan didn’t mean giving up creamy pastas forever that, after my first successful creamy pasta attempt (a vegan primavera alfredo sauce)  I couldn’t wait to create another pasta dish. A more elegant pasta.  An adult pasta.  Something light and fresh, with baby asparagus, sauteed mushrooms, capers, and… Read More ›

Vegan Alfredo Primavera Pasta Sauce

In the days when I was vegetarian – but not yet vegan – one of my favorite quick meals was alfredo primavera sauce over pasta.  I’d take a refrigerated container of light alfredo sauce, dilute it a bit with milk and lemon juice, and add a cupful or two of whatever vegetables I had on… Read More ›

Olive Lover’s Pasta aka Pasta Alla Puttanesca

I absolutely love this dish because: (a) I LOVE olives. (b) It’s sooo simple. (c) It’s a “pantry dish” – which means, all the items required are usually stockpiled in my pantry.  If I come home late from work and have NOTHING fresh in my fridge – I can still throw this pasta together! (d)… Read More ›

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