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. 


Sweet and Hot Pepper Puree

Aldi had a one pound bag of sweet mini peppers for $1.69, so it seemed like a great reason for a puree. The peppers were all reds, oranges and yellows so I knew they would taste great.

I diced some for a broth I made for cooking barley and beans, but that's another post.

I wanted a sauce that I could put on salads, bagels, use for dipping and on sandwiches.

10 sweet mini peppers roasted
5 large cloves garlic roasted
1 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 japalpeno
1 habernero
1 lime - zest and juice
1 tbl canola oil
2 tbls white vinegar
1/4 cup water
salt, pepper

Preheat oven to 400 F. Roast peppers on a sheet tray for 7 minutes. Use a tongs to turn over. Add whole garlic cloves. Roast another 6 minutes.

When peppers have cooled, cut into smaller pieces and discard seeds and stems. Add to blender. Remove cilantro leaves from stems and also add to blender.

Add remaining ingredients.

Puree until smooth. Taste. Add more salt and pepper if needed.

If I had a better blender or a food processor I would omit the water. I might also try 2 limes and no vinegar.

But it turned out great.

You can eat it right away. But it'll thicken up quite a lot if chilled for at least a few hours.  The flavors will also have a chance to marry.