Cheezy Garlic Shells Pasta Florentine Vegan Recipe

It's a little spicy. It's a lot garlicky. It's a little cheezy. It's totally delicious. 

Very easy to make. One pot does it all. 

1/2 box small shells pasta
1 shallot, thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 inch ginger, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
2 tbls nutritional yeast
2 tbls olive oil
1/2 an 8 ounce bag of spinach
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
1 tsp dry basil
2 tsps black pepper
1 tbl salt
Cook the pasta in water seasoned with the 1 tbl salt. 

I use Alton Brown's cold water pasta method. Add pasta to medium large pot. Cover with water an inch over the pasta. Add salt. Bring to  boil and then simmer until al dente. 

When pasta is al dente, remove it from the water into a heat safe storage container. Retain approximately 2/3 cup of the pasta water in the pot and discard the rest. 

Return pot with pasta water to stove. Medium high heat. Add olive oil, garlic, shallot, jalapeno, ginger, yeast, crushed pepper flakes, basil, spinach and black pepper. 

Simmer uncovered for 7 minutes. 

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Easy Veggies

Making vegetables in the microwave drastically reduces their vitamin content. Boiling has the same effect. Sauteing in oil adds lots of unwanted fat.

Try this matehod for a quick and easy way to make healthy and convenient veggies from frozen bags.

Coat the bottom of a small non-stick skillet with water. Add frozen veg of your choice. Cover and let simmer to 3-5 minutes. Cookng time varies depending on the density of the vegetable.

Monitor pan carefully to make sure veggies don't burn and water doesn't boil over.

Vegetables are crips and tasty. They are sauted in water instead of oil so there is no added fat.

They taste great. Are crunchy and wholesome.

Works with frozen carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peas and more. Works with fresh vegetables too. Just shorten the cooking time.

Add saome salt and pepper to season near the end of the cooking process. Lemon or lime juice in the cooking water adds a nice zing.