Thursday, September 2, 2010

Quinoa Pasta + Cashew Cheese Casserole = Qashewrole

Cooking in my kitchen still feels like house-sitting for well-to-do people. I clean everything right away, just in case the couple that lives here comes home at any minute and freaks out about any mess.

I always try to be neat in the kitchen. But I guess when you love something a lot, you are more excited about and dedicated to cleaning it. I hope this urge lasts.

So what did I get up to? Nothing too crazy, but I wanted a comforting casserole dish, and this cheesy baked pasta sans cheese was it. It was my first time trying quinoa pasta and it gets my approval.

Baked Quinoa Pasta with Sauteed Squash and Spiced Cashew Cheese
Serves 4

1 cup cashews
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup water

Soak your cashews overnight or at least for a couple of hours. Blend these three ingredients together until you reach the consistency of ricotta cheese.

1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp mustard powder
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic
4 tbsp nutritional yeast
dash of cayenne
black pepper to taste

Add these final ingredients to the cashew cheese and pulse together.

1 small delicata squash (most squash is fine, but this is what I used), peeled and cubed
1 tbsp safflower oil
1 clove garlic
2 cups quinoa pasta

Boil 2 cups of quinoa pasta for 7 minutes.

Heat your oil on medium-high in a pan. Add garlic and saute for a few minutes. Add squash cubes and cook on medium for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft.

Add pasta to a casserole dish. Top with squash and cashew cheese spread. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.


The Kuntrageous Vegan said...

Oooh! I haven't seen that shape of quinoa pasta anywhere. That's awesome! this sounds delicious.

hellopa said...

Look mighty tasty. I use quinoa pasta as well but wonder after being processes is it really that much better for you?

kellywhitephillips said...

I didn't even think about that...when I hear the word quinoa I automatically assume it must be nutritionally better, but good question. I went to check the label. It is high in iron and magnesium, with 5 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein. That is about all you can ask for from "pasta". It tastes pretty similar, too.