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. 


Cuban Vegetarian/Vegan Sandwich

Here is my recipe for the perfect vegetarian Cuban sandwich. Picture to come as soon as I get around to extracting it from the camera and adding it to my PC. (Update: I forgot to take a picture of the vegan version. But I found some pics of the vegetarian version with a slice of borden sharp cheese food singles on whole wheath bread.)

One sesame seed bun from the supermarket grocery or your local bakery. It needs to be a fresh bun that's big and covered in tasty sesame seeds.

Layer the bottom with rinsed canned black beans. While buying dried beans may seem more economical, the amount of cooking required negates any savings you might reap. Lentils are the exception. Since lentils only take 20 minutes to cook, the dried kind really do save you money. Anyway, canned lentils are rare in the first place, because of that. Although I did see a can in the market the other day. Food is always evolving.

So you layer the bottom of your fresh sesame seed bun with a small bunch of black beans. About 2 tablespoons worth for an average size bun. Sprinkle beans generously with nutritional yeast flakes. About 1 tablespoon worth. A few grinds of black pepper. Then layer with half a kosher pickle spear worth of slices. I like Mount Olive zesty garlic spears. But whatever you prefer. The acidic juice from the pickles mixes with the yeast to make a great dressing. Then sprinkle with imitation bacon bits. Great crunch and good flavor. Finish with some raw white onion slices. A truly delicious sandwich if ever there was one.

You've got to try it. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan or otherwise culinarily inclined. It's really, really good sammie regardless.