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. 


The Right Way to Make a Bean Sandwich

There's seems to be a great discconect about bean sandwiches which pervades both society and the internet.

Most recipes either call for mashed fried cake versions or pureed into slurry stuffs.

Nothing could be further from the truth of it.

Think instead of the classic sloppy joe, but imagine it somewhat less sloppy. Think of your beans as a form of  'ground meat' and build your sandwich accordingly.

No pureeed gloopy mess. No fussing with mixing in bread crumbs, shaping and pan frying.

The key is hummus. Spread your bread with hummus, then lay on the plain rinsed canned beans. Any beans will do. Except garbanzos. They are too firm. But you can use black, red, kidney, lentil, pinto, etc. Or a mix of several kinds of beans.

Nestle your beans into the hummus in s single layer over the bread.. They will magically stick to the bread! Top with sliced onions, cheese, lettuce, kale, etc. Use your favorite sandwich toppings. Tomato, Jalapeno, Pickle. Whatever. This is a normal sandwich. Like any other. The only difference is there are beans where the meat used to go. Just like a real sandwich, only way better. Put on the lid and enjoy. The beans will  stay in the sandwich thanks to the adhesive properties of the hummus. Voila! A meaty sandwich without the meat.