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. 


Spicy Summer Tomato Dressing

A little bit of heat, a little bit of sweet and some smokey flavor to round it all out. Use on pasta, rice, salad, sandwiches. You could even use it as a hot soup, cold gazpacho, a sauce for lentils or as a dip for chips.

Spicy tomato dressing

16 ounces fresh roma tomatoes roughly chopped into quarters
1 cup fresh celery diced
1/4 white onion roughly chopped
1/4 cup red wine
5 cloves garlic thinly sliced
ribs and flesh from 1/4 jalapeno
ribs and flesh from 1/4 serrano
1/4 cup Balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
1 chipotle and 2 tsps adobo sauce
1.4 tsp each paprika, basil, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper

Add tomatoes to a hot skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes and then lower heat to medium, add half the vinaigrette and continue cooking tomatoes for 5 more minutes. Add 1/2 cup of the celery and continue simmering as juices from tomatoes are released. Keep cooking and stirring over medium heat for 5 more minutes.

Add red wine and raise heat to medium high and simmer until wine is burned off. Add sliced garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant.

Add hot mixture to a blender along with both chilies, remaining vinaigrette, onion, chipotle/sauce, remaining celery and spices. Puree until smooth. Add additional spices to taste.