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. 

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Curried Split Pea Soup Recipe

I'm not a huge fan of pea soup, but I did have a bag of green split peas that I panic bought at the beginning of the virus insanity.

Peas are packed with protein. They really fill you up.

Quite out of the blue, it occured to me that pea soup might be a lot more interesting if it were given the Indian curry treatment with some garam masala and coconut milk.

Turns out, I was right.

I am now a fan of split pea soup.

I also used this soup as a way to utilize ingredients that were either usually discarded or getting a little old. This is no time to waste anything that might feed yourself or your loved ones.

8 ounces dry green split peas, soaked overnight
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 serrano, minced
All the not too woody ends from 1 lb of asparagus, sliced small
Leftover stalks from 1/2 lb fresh kale, sliced small
Few ounces leftover spinach leaves
2 tsps garam masala
2 tsps aleppo pepper
2 tsps garlic powder
1 1/2 tbls salt
2 tsps black pepper
3 tbls olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 can coconut milk
4 cups water

Soak split peas overnight covered in 1-2 inches of water.

Drain and rinse. Set aside.

Cook down shallots, peppers and garlic in the olive oil for 5 minutes. Add wine and cook off for 5 more minutes.

Add remaining ingredients. Cover. Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer.

Cook until peas are tender. 30-40 minutes.

Use a stick blender to puree until smooth.

I prefer a thicker, creamier consistency. You can add more water for a a looser version.

I topped mine with coconut rice.