Spicy Red Pepper Rigatoni with Creole Smoked Tempeh

Spicy Red Pepper Rigatoni with Creole Smoked Tempeh

Who doesn’t love pasta? This recipe has been one of my most requested! It is mouth-watering, literally. Just be careful when you’re making the sauce. I kept “testing” it. To make sure it was good, you know? Anyway, I was so full that I only had a couple of bites when I sat down to eat it. The good news? It makes a lot, and the leftovers the next day didn’t disappoint!

I always boil my tempeh. Mostly because I’m not too fond of the slightly bitter flavor and cooking it for about 10 minutes removes all of that acrid taste. I like the Lightlife brand, but I’m not beholden to it. If you have a brand, you prefer then definitely use it.

The creole spice mix is so good and keeps well if you decide to make it. Otherwise, any store-bought creole/cajun spice mix works. If heat isn’t your thing, then skip the red pepper flakes and add black pepper instead.  Be sure to get a good quality rigatoni.  I like to buy my pasta in bulk directly from DeLallo, or the Italian Food Online Store. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe and it becomes a favorite part of your dinner rotation!


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Spicy Red Pepper Rigatoni with Creole Smoked Tempeh

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:

  • 12 oz jar roasted red peppers, drained (Reserve 1/3 cup peppers, and thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup béchamel sauce
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated vegan parmesan cheese (plus more for garnish) 

Tempeh:


Instructions

Tempeh: 

  1. Cut tempeh rectangle in half. Cut each square into two triangles.
  2. Add tempeh to skillet with just enough water to cover and simmer for 10 minutes. (Helps to remove the slightly bitter flavor)
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Season each side of the tempeh with Voodoo Magic Creole Spice Mix.
  5. Warm a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil. When the oil is shimmering, add tempeh. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side. When golden brown, remove from heat and set aside.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:

  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. When oil begins to shimmer, add onions. Sauté until onions become translucent—about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds—season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  2. In a high speed, blender add the béchamel, stock, roasted red peppers, basil, salt, and red pepper flakes. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add sauce to the onion mixture. Stir well, and add dried parsley and reserved red peppers, and tempeh. Simmer over medium heat until sauce is warmed through entirely—taste for seasoning.
  4. Cook pasta until al dente (about 6-8 minutes)
  5. Serve in a pasta bowl. Top with vegan parmesan and fresh minced basil. Enjoy!

Notes

I like to use this tempeh.

 

ve 1/3 cup

Almond Chèvre Tortellini with Citrus Beurre Blanc

Almond Chèvre Tortellini with Citrus Beurre Blanc

I am a big pasta girl! But like most people, I would imagine, I tend stick to traditional recipes like spaghetti, fettuccini, and lasagna. Mostly because buying a stuffed pasta like tortellini isn’t easy when you’re a vegan. So what is a girl to do? Make a fantastic version of goat cheese, add some dried herbs, stuff wonton wrappers with fantastic cheese, and BOOM! Homemade tortellini!

I love this recipe…and admittedly, a lot is going on! But no worries, you can make much of the recipe in advance, aka the vegan goat cheese and the tortellini. In French, beurre means butter, and blanc means white. So, this is a classic “white” sauce made with butter!

Beurre blanc can sometimes be viewed as tricky to make. Because without the addition of egg yolk to stabilize the sauce, it is prone to split. The acid in the citrus sauce can ‘break’ if heated too hot, or too many times, or not whisked while heating. The key is to ensure that the butter is chilled and added slowly. And also, be sure to turn DOWN heat to med/low when adding the butter so that you don’t end up with Beurre Marron! Good things come to those who wait.

As a matter of practice, I like to make my sauces an hour before use. I’m not too fond of surprises, and if for some reason the sauce doesn’t turn out, I still have time to make a new one. Yes, after almost 25 years, it does still happen. If needed, it can easily be reheated over low heat.

Freezing the tortellini: If not cooking the tortellini immediately, freeze them on a sheet pan and transfer them to a freezer-safe container once solid. Tortellini will keep for about three months. Cook directly from the freezer, but increase the cooking time by a minute or two.


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Almond Chèvre Tortellini with Citrus Beurre Blanc

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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Tortellini:

  • 1 cup of Almond Chèvre
  • 2 tablespoons Herbs de Provence
  • 2 tablespoons vegan parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon fennel pollen (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • 1 (12 oz) package of wonton wrappers
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fennel fronds
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel

Citrus Beurre Blanc:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots
  • Juice of 2 limes (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Juice of one medium size orange (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine
  • cup vegan heavy cream
  • Salt to taste, if desired
  • 8 tablespoons butter, cut into 12 pieces

Instructions

Tortellini:

  1. Add almond cheese to a medium-size bowl. Add Herbs de Provence, parmesan cheese, fennel pollen, if using, and salt and pepper. Mix well. 
  2. Dust a clean surface with cornmeal. Lay wonton wrapper flat and add 1 rounded teaspoon to the center of the wrapper. 
  3. Lightly brush the edges of the wonton wrapper with water (I keep a small bowl of water nearby). Fold wonton into a triangle. Turn triangle, so the long edge is facing you. Gently press the filling flat and fold wonton 3/4 of the way upward, toward its tip. Flatten slightly. Brush each side of the flap with water. Placing your finger in the center of the fold, carefully fold each side over your finger. Lightly pinch closed.  Continue until all cheese has been used. 
  4. Add tortellini to a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  5. In a dutch oven, bring salted (about 1 tsp) water to a boil.  
  6. Drop tortellini into boiling water. Remove from water when tortellini begin to float.

Citrus Beurre Blanc:

 

  1. Heat one tablespoon of butter in a saucepan and add the shallots. Cook briefly, stirring, and add the citrus and wine. Cook until the liquid is almost totally reduced.
  2. Add the heavy cream and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and slowly add the pieces of butter, a few at a time, stirring rapidly with a wire whisk.
  3. When sauce is done, add tortellini and stir until warmed through.  
  4. Serve in a shallow bowl, and top with fennel fronds and orange peel. 
  5. Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over pasta, and serve warm.

Cacio E Pepe with Roasted Tomatoes and Fennel Pollen

Cacio E Pepe with Roasted Tomatoes and Fennel Pollen

Cacio E Pepe translates into cheese and pepper, and it is my two girls’ favorite pasta on earth. It is a fancy mac-n-cheese. The pure simplicity of this recipe makes it almost sinful to change, so I didn’t change much. I added red pepper flakes in place of the traditional black pepper and used vegan cheeses, of course. I liked the addition of the roasted tomatoes a lot. They are like little cherry bombs that explode in your mouth! The kicker for me was the fennel pollen. I have recently discovered this culinary rock star and plan to use it wisely since it is a little expensive, but the good news is that it goes a long way.

The key to this simple pasta is using just enough pasta water for cooking the pasta noodles. Too much water and you will lose all of your starch, not enough water, and you will have to add a little hot water to make the sauce. When the pasta is al dente, you will drain and save the pasta water, ensuring that you have about 2 1/2 cups. This water is what we will use to make the sauce. Add a little butter to the pan, add your pepper flakes, and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Then add the pasta water to the butter/pepper mix, and then add the pasta and cheese. Stir until the cheese, add pasta to the pan, and Boom! Dinner is served!

I used bucatini, but you can really use any type of pasta you want.


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Cacio E Pepe with Roasted Tomatoes and Fennel Pollen

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Description

This super simple pasta gets a little zing with some fennel pollen!  If you’ve never had it you will love it.  Be warned it’s kind of expensive, but a little goes a long way! 


Ingredients

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  • 14 oz. pasta such as bucatini, or spaghetti (*see note)
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted vegan butter, cubed, divided
  • 1 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • ¾ cup finely grated vegan Parmesan
  •  cup vegan Romano

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425° F and prep a baking sheet with parchment paper.  
  2. Lightly spray tomatoes with avocado oil or other spray oil and dust with fennel pollen and black pepper.
  3. Roast tomatoes for 20-25 minutes, or until tomatoes are soft and fragrant. 
  4. Meanwhile, while tomatoes are roasting, boil 5 1/2 cups of salted water (about 1 1/2 tsp of salt) for your pasta. 
  5. Add pasta and stir occasionally. Cook until al dente, about 7-8 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and drain pasta, reserving 2 1/2 cups of water. Set pasta aside. (**See note)
  7. In the same pan, over medium heat, add butter and red pepper flakes. Saute for 1-2 minutes until foaming and pepper flakes are fragrant. (Be warned the pepper can fill the air and your nose!) 
  8. Add pasta water and stir. Simmer until sauce has reduced somewhat, about 5 minutes. 
  9. Reduce heat to low and add pasta and cheeses. Stir to combine and add hot water if the sauce becomes too thick. Cook until the pasta has heated through.
  10. Plate the pasta and top with roasted tomatoes. 
  11. Add additional cheese, pepper, and fennel pollen, to garnish and to taste.
  12. Serve warm. 

Notes

  • *If using gluten free pasta cook 3/4 of the way or it will fall apart.  I use about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt to my water. Rinse pasta well when done cooking.  
  • **If you do not have 2 1/2 cups of reserved water after cooking pasta just add hot tap water.

Conchiglioni with Pumpkin Sage Ricotta

Conchiglioni with Pumpkin Sage Ricotta

This recipe is one of my favorites. Admittedly, a lot is going on here. Part savory and part sweet, the complexity of spices makes for a simple yet flavorful combination. Most recipes using pumpkin ricotta are strictly savory. This recipe, however, has a sweetness that lingers for a bit in the background. I love how the pumpkin mixes flawlessly with the sage’s earthiness, and how that combination balances perfectly with the aromatic baking spices and sweet maple syrup. Served with my cashew béchamel sauce, this would be a perfect recipe for anyone wishing to do something a little different for Thanksgiving. No Turkey? No Problem! Also, this pairs very well with either red, or white wine. I would serve this with a nice oaky chardonnay.


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Conchiglioni with Pumpkin Sage Ricotta

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20-25
  • Total Time: 2 minute
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Part savory, part sweet, this recipe covers all the bases!  Some recipes do not have you press the tofu.  Pressing the tofu removes an additional 1/2 cup of water, and this prevents it from being too runny. 


Ingredients

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  • 1 (16 oz) package of organic Conchiglioni Pasta, or other egg free large shell pasta
  • 1 (12 oz.) package of extra firm organic tofu, pressed
  • 3 Tbsp (6g) nutritional yeast
  • 3 Tbsp fresh sage, minced (do not omit, and dice a little extra for garnish)
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp sea salt 
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegan parmesan, plus additional 1/4 cup for topping
  • 1 lemon, juiced (2 Tbsp juice)
  • 1 tsp baking spice mix (can also use pumpkin pie spice mix)
  • 3 Tbsp organic maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups cashew béchamel 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Be sure not to overcook!  Drain and set aside.

After the tofu has been pressed, crumble and add to a food processor.  Add nutritional yeast, fresh sage, oregano, dry sage, vegan parmesan, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Pulse until ingredients begin to combine into a ball stage.  Remove from the food processor and add to a medium-size bowl.  Fold in pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and baking spice mix—taste for salt.  Mix well. 

Give the pasta noodles a good rinse (they might be a little sticky).  Shake off excess water.  In a 9″x12″ glass baking dish, spread 1 cup of béchamel sauce on the dish’s bottom.

Carefully remove a conch shell and place it in the palm of your hand.  Gently squeeze each pasta shell until it opens.  Using about 2 Tbsps of filling, fill each shell until your pan is full.

Drizzle with remaining 1 cup béchamel sauce, being sure to coat all of the noodles well.  If using, top with additional parmesan cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Turn oven up to broil and carefully watch until the parmesan cheese has melted and lightly browned, about 2 minutes. (Be careful not to walk away from a broiler as it can burn very quickly).

Let cool and plate.  Drizzle shells with remaining béchamel sauce from pan. 

Taste for salt and pepper. 


Notes

*Be sure to check your pasta label for eggs. 

UPDATE:**I walked away from the broiler one hour after writing this. Sheeshhh. 


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 224
  • Sodium: 390
  • Fat: 4.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 34.5 g
  • Fiber: 2.8
  • Protein: 13.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0
Pumpkin Sage Ricotta

Mushroom Bolognese

One of my favorite sauces is Bolognese.  It’s simple, delicious, and reminds me of one of my favorite meals growing up.  This meat-free version is made from ground mushrooms and is ready in about 30 minutes.

Mushroom Bolognese

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2 (8 oz) packs of cremini mushrooms

1 yellow onion, diced

3 cloves garlic

1 medium-size carrot

1 medium celery rib

2 Tbsp tomato paste

2 Tbsp oil, or water

½ cup red wine

1 tsp basil

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp salt

½ tsp red pepper flakes

½ cup cashew cream

1 tsp rosemary

In a food processor, pulse the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, and mushrooms until finely chopped. In a large pan warmed over medium heat, add oil, or 2 Tbsp water, if not using oil. Add the vegetables, season with basil, oregano, and cook over moderate heat until softened, 20 minutes. Add 1 Tbsp of water, or stock, as needed, to prevent sticking.
Add the wine, salt, and red pepper; and stir. Cook until the wine evaporates.  About 3-4 minutes.

Add the cream, rosemary, and 1/4 cup of grated vegan cheese and simmer for 5 minutes.
At this point, you can either add warm pasta, and 1 cup of water to the sauce and toss, stirring until the pasta is well-coated, or stuff shells and top with remaining creme sauce. Serve.

Vegan Pasta Con Broccoli

There are only a few meals that truly delight my heart and my palate more than a good pasta. This vegan version of the famous recipe is no exception.   It’s almost hard to believe that there is no cheese, no butter, no cream, and no oil!  The cavatelli pasta is light and creamy and is a perfect medium for this mouthwatering sauce. It’s creamy, delicious, and heart-healthy.  And best of all it can be ready in under 30 minutes.  Enjoy!

 

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Serves 4

  • 8 ounces uncooked cavatelli pasta
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup small chopped broccoli
  • 23  cup thinly  sliced fresh Cremini mushrooms
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups white Béchemel sauce

Cook pasta until nearly done, about 8-10 minutes.

While pasta is cooking, heat large 12-inch rimmed skillet over medium heat, add mushrooms, season with oregano. Dry sauté mushrooms, stirring frequently.  If mushrooms begin to stick, add 2 Tbsp of water/veggie stock and deglaze pan.  Cook until caramelized, season with salt and pepper.   Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, add tomato paste, nutritional yeast, garlic, and Béchemel sauce. Stir to combine; cook for 3-5 minutes to warm through, add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper.

When pasta is nearly done, add broccoli to the pasta water, reduce to medium heat and cook covered, for 2 minutes. Reserve 1-cup pasta water, set aside and drain the remaining water (Do not rinse pasta).  Return pasta and broccoli to the pot.  Add Béchemel sauce and warm through.

**If the sauce is too thick, add reserved pasta water one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Remove from the heat; add vegan Parmesan (optional) and serve.

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