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. 


Cilantro and Chipotle Chimichuri

I decided to try using chipotle as an ingredient. I've had it in hummus. I love chipotle hummus. So I got myself some goya chipotle. I also got some cilantro. I was thinking a more latin styled chimichuri was something fun to attempt.

I added the cilantro, some of the chipotle and its sauce, garlic, ginger, a little olive oil. Gave it all a buzz.

When I tasted it I was surprised... it wasn't all that flavorful.

So in went more chipotle. More cilantro. More of everything.

I tasted again and was pretty pleased... knowing the flavors tend to intensfiy after they've had a chance to sit and mingle.

I saved it in the fridge intending to return to it the next day. Which I did.

It was pretty intense. It went from quite mild to very strong. I put some on my salad and I was sweating bullets. Let me just say, I'm no stranger to heat, but Goya means business with their chipotles in adobo sauce. That is some intense stuff.

I don't know if it's just me, but I taste often and am always taken by surprise. I like to cook in advance. I rarely eat what I've made that day. And it always seems what was quite mild yesterday becomes quite potent by the next day. I try to keep that in mind, but it's difficult. Becuase the flavors seem to intensify not just a little bit, but a great deal.

Still, I enjoy some powerful heat on occasion. The more I ate my mixture, the more it grew on me. It was simple to make, but had a huge payoff in flavor.

Next blender experiment... dill and scallions.