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Mushrooms and rosemary make a great marriage in a pasta sauce. Paired with some fresh pappardelle, and this is one great autumn dish. Modified slightly by me for a nondairy perfect adaptation.

Pappardelle with rosemary and mushroom ragu (from Herbie Likes Spaghetti blog) (check out the beautiful photos there)

1/2 pound pappardelle

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms

1 1/2 cups chopped cremoni mushrooms

2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups of your favorite tomato sauce

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

grated soy parmesan

In a nonstick pan, heat up the olive oil and throw in the garlic. Once it begins to soften, add the mushrooms and rosemary; cook on medium-high heat. Toss and cook until nicely carmelized and most of the liquid they exude has evaporated. Add the tomato sauce and the chopped parsley to the mushroom mixture and stir to combine. Let it simmer on low heat while the pasta cooks.

Cook the pasta until it is slightly al dente; then move the noodles to the mushroom cooking pan. Add a touch of pasta water, and toss everything together until the pasta has absorbed the sauce. Serve with soy parmesan. Makes two servings.

 

 

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Kudos again go to An Edible Mosaic blog for this delicious and healthy Italian pie. We enjoyed this for dinner; the sauce is easy to make, and everything comes together nicely. I made my nondairy substitutions – I used tofu instead of ricotta cheese, and soy parmesan instead of the real thing. Delicioso! Head over to the blog to check out the beautiful photos taken of this dish, too.

Roasted zucchini spaghetti pie

2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper

1/4 pound whole grain (or regular) spaghetti noodles

2 cups tofu

2 eggs

1 egg white

1/4 cup soy parmesan cheese, divided

1 1/2 cups thick marinara sauce (recipe below)

cooking spray

Thick Marinara sauce: (yields ~ 1 1/2 cups)

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small carrot, peeled and shredded

1 15-ounce can diced tomato, with liquid

1 1/2 ounce tomato paste

1 bay leaf

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon salt

pinch ground black pepper

9″ pie plate

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat the sliced zucchini with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper; arrange the zucchini inĀ  a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for ~ 18 minutes, flipping halfway through. When it’s done roasting, the zucchini will be golden in spots.

For the marinara sauce, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a small pot with a lid. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, until the onion starts to soften; add the carrot and garlic, and saute another 5 – 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs, salt, and pepper. Taste to adjust seasonings. Simmer with lid on for 20 – 30 minutes.

Cook the pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Cool the pasta to room temperature, then add 1 egg, 2 tablespoons soy parmesan, and pinch of pepper; stir to combine.

To the tofu, mix in 1 egg, 1 egg white, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat the pie pan with cooking spray; spread the pasta on the bottom of the pie plate, then spread 1/2 of the tofu mixture on top of the pasta. Arrange the zucchini on top of the tofu, then spread the rest of the tofu mixture on top of the zucchini. Spread the marinara sauce on top of the tofu. Bake the pie for 20 – 30 minutes, until it’s set. Sprinkle the remaining soy parmesan on top and allow to cool slightly before cutting.

 

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Inspired by Lidia Bastianich, I tweaked this pesto with a little less oil, and of course, soy parmesan to replace the real thing. It was a real pleaser.

Pasta with basil pistachio pesto (the original makes twice the amount you would need for a pound of pasta. Mine is cut in half from the original)

1 1/2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

1 cup packed fresh parsley leaves

1/2 cup toasted unsalted pistachios

4 cloves garlic

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 pound spaghetti

1/4 cup soy parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta. In a food processor, add basil, parsley, pistachios, garlic, and salt. Turn on processor and add 1/2 cup olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Process to make a smooth paste, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally.

Add spaghetti to the boiling water and cook until al dente. Scrape the pesto into a large skillet over low heat and add 1 cup pasta water. Drain the pasta and transfer to the skillet. Toss to coat the pasta with the pesto. Off heat, toss with the soy parmesan. Makes 6 servings.

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Enter fall; enter comfort food. This recipe, from America’s Test Kitchen, enters the delicious category. Warm and substantive, with woodsy undertones and a lip-smacking creaminess. All made dairy-free, from my adaptations.

Mushroom pasta

4 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/4″ cubes

2 tablespoons olive oil

table salt

1 pound farfalle pasta

3 – 4 large shallots, chopped fine

3 medium cloves garlic, minced

10 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced 1/4″ thick

10 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced 1/4″ thick

1 tablespoon minced fresh sage leaves

1 1/4 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer

1 tablespoon lemon juice

ground pepper

2 ounces grated soy parmesan

2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves

Bring 4 quarts water to rolling boil, covered, in stockpot; add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta, stir to separate, and cook until just shy of al dente. Drain and return pasta to stockpot.

Meanwhile, cook pancetta in 2 tablespoon olive oil, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper-towel lined plate. Add shallots to fat remaining in skillet, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Increase heat to medium-high; add shiitakes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add cremini mushrooms and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in sage and cook 30 seconds. Transfer mushrooms to bowl. Add broth to skillet and bring to boil, scraping up browned bits; off heat, stir in creamer, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.

Add mushrooms, pancetta, broth mixture, cheese, and parsley to pasta in stockpot. Toss over medium-low heat until pasta absorbs most of liquid, about 2 minutes; serve immediately. Makes 6 – 8 servings.

 

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Another fab soup. Definitely a keeper. Warm and hearty. The original recipe called for evaporated milk. Instead, I tried using coconut milk creamer, which I found in my local Whole Foods market. It has zero fat, and did not at all impart a coconut flavor to the soup, just helped to make it creamy. I did all my vegetable dicing in my food processor – everything came out finely chopped, which is perfect for this soup.

Creamy chicken noodle soup (modified by me from The Yummy Life blog – check out the photos of making this soup there – they’re wonderful)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup diced onions

1 cup diced mushrooms

1 cup diced carrots

1 cup diced celery

1/3 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning

6 cuts fat-free chicken broth

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups cooked shredded chicken

8 ounces So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer

2 cups uncooked pasta (I used ditalini, but your choice)

Heat a large pot on medium-high, add olive oil. Saute garlic, onion, mushrooms, carrots, and celery until soft, approximate 5 – 7 minutes. Sprinkle flour, oregano, pepper, thyme, and poultry seasoning over vegetables. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in broth and salt; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 10 – 15 minutes. Add chicken, creamer, and pasta; cook for 10 minutes or until pasta is tender. Taste and add more salt, if needed. Makes 8 servings.

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Remarkably good! This recipe calls for beef or lamb, and beef stock. We’re not big beef eaters, so I made this chicken-themed. It was awesome.

Moroccan chicken vegetable soup (inspired by this recipe)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, finely diced

2 teaspoons ground turmeric

1 pound boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2″ cubes

6 cups chicken broth or water

1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes

2 small turnips, peeled and diced

2 (I used 4) carrots, diced

2 stalks celery, leaves included, thinly sliced

pinch of saffron threads

12 sprigs flat-leaf parsley

8 sprigs fresh cilantro

1 large zucchini, cut into 1/4″ dice

2 ounces angel hair pasta, broken into small pieces, about 1/2 cup

1 – 2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and turmeric; stir to coat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender, 4 – 5 minutes. Add broth (or water), tomatoes and their juice, turnips, carrots, celery, and saffron.

Tie parsley and cilantro sprigs together with kitchen string and add to the pot. Bring soup to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer; cook until the chicken and vegetables are tender – about 45 minutes.

Stir in zucchini and cook, covered, until soft, 8 – 10 minutes. Add pasta and cook until soft, 5 minutes.

Discard the parsley and cilantro sprigs. Season with salt (start with 1 teaspoon and increase if needed), and pepper.

Serve with sprinkled parsley and/or cilantro, if desired. Makes 8 servings.

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Another great summer salad. The original called for goat cheese, which I am quite sure must have tasted delicious. Instead, to make this nondairy, I grated some soy mozzarella before tossing. There was a lot of salad left over for lunch the next day (this recipe is enough for 8 servings) – still fresh tasting and the orzo added the right chewiness.

Chicken orzo salad (modified from My Recipes)

1 1/4 cups uncooked orzo

3 cups grilled chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 1/2 cups baby arugula

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons fresh chopped oregano

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

6 tablespoons shredded soy mozzarella

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well.

Combine pasta, chicken, and the next 5 ingredients (through oregano) in a large bowl; toss well.

Combine vinegar, oil, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle vinegar mixture over pasta and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.

 

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