Thursday, May 24, 2012

Vegan Creamy Pasta

          I love pasta with the alfredo sauce, but most of the time, avoid it because of the amount of calories and fat in the sauce. When thinking about an alternative, I came up with the idea of using mustard seeds and cashews in the place of butter and all purpose flour. I know many of you would make a face at the thought of using mustard seeds, even I had my doubts, but went ahead with the idea and believe me, it tasted really good, creamy and rich, finger lickin' good or should I say fork lickin'..

Need To Have
  • Whole Grain Shells (Pasta) - 4 cups
  • Red Pepper ( Capsicum) - 1 diced
  • Mushrooms - 8 oz diced
  • Zucchini - 1 diced
  • Dry Basil - 3 teaspoons
  • Red Chilli Flakes - 1 teaspoon
  • Cashew Pieces - 2 tablespoons
  • Yellow Mustard Seeds - 2 teaspoons
  • Black Pepper - to taste

         Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box ( for about 10 mins). Make a paste with the cashews and the mustard seeds. Heat some olive oil, add the red pepper, mushroom and the zucchini, saute for a few minutes. The vegetables should be half cooked but not mushy. Now add the basil, red chilly flakes and the paste, saute for a few more mins till the raw smell of the mustard seeds goes ( for about 5 mins). Finally mix in the pasta and serve warm with a dash of black pepper.

The vegetables and pasta should not be over cooked.
I don't know whether you can use the store bought mustard sauce, because it contains ingredients other than mustard, try it and let me know.
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  1. Wow lovely and very brilliant idea, simply loving this vegan creamy sauce..Well done Hema.

  2. Pleasing pasta with grt idea......

  3. Sooo creamy and delicious...

  4. Never tried like this,looks very creamy n yumm....

  5. I can have that whole recipe

  6. really very nice looking pasta dish. looks creamy

  7. Creamy vegan pasta looks lovely and different version of mustard's in pasta.

  8. pasta luks so attractive nm creamy.......yummyyyyyyyy

  9. Lovely n delicious pasta
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  10. i have never bought yellow mustard seeds.. walnuts in place of cashew is also a good option.. love the shell pasta..need to try this fork licking one :D

  11. wow..brilliant idea!Pasta with creamy sauces sounds very healthy n yummy!well made!!
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  12. Using mustard seeds and cashews is a nice idea...great way to have a creamy pasta sans all the fat.

  13. Yummm!! Looks appealing :)

  14. great flavours there.. very creamy and delicious looking pasta