Category Archives: pasta

Vegan, Gluten-Free Pasta Puttanesca is Spicy, Hearty, and Delicious

Autumn is well underway, and our desire to devour pasta dishes continues in earnest. Pasta puttanesca is a traditional Italian dish that tastes great, even without the addition of anchovies. It’s hearty, filling, delicious, and so easy to make. Though most pasta puttanesca recipes utilize thin spaghetti noodles, we had some dried, gluten-free fettucine noodles in our kitchen and decided to use those instead. We were delighted by the results. You don’t need many ingredients to make this wonderful meal. It’s super inexpensive! In fact, you probably have most of the ingredients in your cabinet or refrigerator already.

INGREDIENTS

1 large jar of spaghetti sauce (approximately 26 ounces) or equivalent amount of diced tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped Kalamata olives
1/3 cup capers
1 tablespoon Kalamata olive brine (from your container of olives)
1 tablespoon caper brine (from your container of capers)
2-3 cloves chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley leaves
fresh ground black pepper
sea salt to taste
8 ounces gluten-free noodles of your choice

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large saucepan, combine spaghetti sauce, olives, capers, caper juice, olive juice, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Simmer at low to medium heat for 20-30 minutes until ingredients are thoroughly blended. An incredible aroma will fill your kitchen! Make sure to stir your sauce frequently so it won’t stick or burn.

As the sauce simmers, boil your pasta noodles in a separate, large pan. Drain in a colander and set aside. Toss with a bit of olive oil so they won’t stick as they cool.

Turn off the heat and remove sauce pan from burner. Stir in the chopped parsley leaves and a tablespoon of olive oil. Season with a bit of ground pepper and sprinkle with sea salt if desired. The sauce will already taste salty, so you might not need any more. Use your best judgement! Pour sauce into the pan with the noodles. Stir until combined, making sure the noodles are well-coated with sauce.

Serve with a sprinkle (or two, or three) of additional chopped parsley for extra zest and visual excitement. This dish serves four hungry people. We like to serve our pasta puttanesca with a nice green salad and a chewy loaf of gluten-free French bread (with vegan butter, of course!) You can store leftovers in your refrigerator for a couple of days. You know what they say about tomato-based sauce dishes — they taste even better the next day. Bon Appetit!

Posted in Recipe Book Reviews, Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vegan, Gluten-Free Italian Fettucine is So Easy to Make!

One of the things we missed the most after we decided to pursue a vegan, gluten-free diet was Italian food. The cuisine is hearty and delicious, but most restaurants serve it with huge dollops of cheese (not to mention pasta made from whole wheat flour and eggs). What’s an Italian food lover to do? Fortunately, October happens to be mushroom season where we live. Chanterelles were on sale at our local supermarket for an insanely low price, and we had a brainstorm. After some deliberation, we were able to whip up this simple, but elegant dish. It’s inexpensive, a cinch to prepare, and will fill you up on a chilly autumnal evening.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups chopped chanterelle mushrooms
1 cup chopped white mushrooms
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (not iodized)
1/4 cup olive oil
1-2 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 cup fresh chopped Italian parsley (If you have trouble finding Italian parsley at your supermarket or co-op, try this dish with chopped basil, instead! Yum!)
Pinch or two of hot pepper flakes
Pinch or two of fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup water
3 cups cooked, gluten-free fettucine (we used a brown rice variety that turned out perfectly!)

INSTRUCTIONS

Place the mushrooms, sea salt, olive oil, garlic, parsley, water, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper into a large saucepan and cook at low heat for 15-20 minutes. Do not overcook, or the mushrooms will get mushy. They should retain a slight springiness.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pan according to package directions. Add a splash of the cooking water to the mushroom mixture and drain the rest of the pasta. Pour the noodles into the pan with the mushroom mixture and stir gently until everything is thoroughly combined and all the water has evaporated. Turn off the burner, remove your delectable concoction from the stove and toss the mushrooms and the pasta together a couple of times to remove excess moisture. Scoop onto plates and serve! If you have any vegan mozzarella or parmesan cheese, you can sprinkle it on top. Otherwise, you’re going to be just fine without it.

This wonderful dish serves 3-4 people. It’s great by itself as a light dinner. For a more robust meal, add a salad and/or a loaf of gluten-free bread. Maybe some gluten-free beer or red wine? Go wild! Leftovers store well in a covered container in your refrigerator for up to three days and taste great reheated. We’re quite sure they won’t last that long.

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Best Vegan and Gluten Free 3 Ingredient Marinara Sauce that Will Knock Your Socks Off

The recipe for 3-ingredient marinara has gotten huge on the web, especially on Pinterest. At first glance, you think that the recipe is simply for easy marinara, but then you read the rave reviews that describe this sauce as “velvety,” “buttery,” and “the best marinara I’ve ever had.” What is a vegan to do? We want delicious buttery, velvety, marinara, too!

Well we’ve got you covered; you’re going to love this marinara.

The Best Vegan and Gluten Free 3 Ingredient Marinara Sauce that Will Knock Your Socks Off

Serves 4 as a main course; makes enough sauce to lightly coat most of a pound of spaghetti

28 ounces whole peeled tomatoes, preferably San Marzano tomatoes
5 tblsp of your favorite margarine
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and halved
Sea salt

In a heavy saucepan, over medium heat, place all of the ingredients. Bring to a simmer and then lower the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes. You’ll see fat floating, just keep stirring with a wooden spoon, smashing the tomatoes. After about 45 minutes, remove the onions and discard. Salt to taste. Serve right away on your favorite gluten free pasta.

This pasta sauce tastes so amazing, that you may just want to make a few batches for the entire week. Simple store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

veganmarinara

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vegan and Gluten Free Sopa Seca de Fideo (Browned Noodles in Delicious Broth)

“What is Sopa Seca de Fideo?” you may ask? Be prepared to fall head over heels in love with this classic Mexican side dish, vegan and gluten free style, of course!

Traditionally this dish is made with vermicelli and chicken broth, but we are preparing this dish with a vegan and gluten free flair and, trust us, you are not sacrificing taste by any means. Be prepared to delight your tastebuds with garlic, onions, chiles and tomatoes.

This delicious recipe is adapted from one of our favorite cookbooks Aprovecho: A Mexican-American Border Cookbook. It is not a vegan and gluten free cookbook, but what we love about it is that it is full of simple, delicious recipes that can be easily adapted to the vegan and gluten free diet.

Vegan and Gluten Free Sopa Seca de Fideo

8 oz gluten free pasta
2 tablespoons margarine
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 anaheim chiles, stemmed, seeded and chopped. (You can cheat and buy a 4 oz can of diced green chiles)
3 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup fresh or frozen and thawed peas
2 cups vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste

Here comes the fun part: place the pasta in a plastic bag in one layer. Get a rolling pin, a mallet, anything heavy, and smash the heck out of those noodles so that they are in small pieces. In a 10-inch frying pan, heat the butter and oil over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the onion, garlic, and chiles. Cook, stirring often, until they are soft, but be careful not to burn. This will be approximately 5 minutes. Now add the noodles and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the oregano, tomatoes, broth and peas and bring the whole mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Salt and pepper to taste.

This is dish is delicious served with simple black beans, salsa, and warm tortillas. Maybe even a little avocado on the side!

Posted in Recipe Book Reviews, Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment