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Apologies – i saved this as a draft a couple of days ago and forgot to publish it…
Mr G loves pasta. If there is a way to his heart it’s pasta with a creamy sauce and a glass of chilled white wine. He’s been busy on his Estill Singing course at the Royal Academy of Music. Tonight he achieved a b# – a reason the celebrate (think Michael Ball at the end of Love Changes Everything).
So there was no question about dinner it had to be pasta (in this case whole wheat tagliatelle) with a creamy sauce.
This sauce can be used as a base for so many things. The origin of an Alfredo sauce is just butter and Parmesan although nowadays it typically has cream and starch added.
Tonight I added some torn basil, shredded courgettes and some cut up veggie sausage (recipe to be blogged soon) and some fire roasted red peppers and a little fiery hot-sauce spice. These I added just at the last moment with the pasta and heated them through in the sauce, just before serving.
The sauce is a doddle to make and very versatile as you can throw it over pasta or veggies etc. You can also ring the changes with the flavourings, adding fresh herbs, sauteed mushrooms, fake Parmesan, hot sauce, etc.,
The inspiration for this recipe came from another website that i love – Happy Herbivore see: http://happyherbivore.com/
For 2 generous servings:
1 Pack of Silken Firm Tofu (I use Clearspring organic http://www.ocado.com/webshop/product/Clearspring-Organic-Tofu/71222011?sku=71222011 )
1 Cup of Plant-Based Milk
2 tsp of Bouillon Veggie Stock Powder
2 tsp of Dijon Mustard
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder (or a crushed clove of garlic)
1/4 tsp Onion Powder (or quarter of a small peeled white onion)
2 tbsp of Nutritional Yeast
2 tbsp of wholewheat flour
Salt (or Herbamare) and Pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth and creamy. Place in a saucepan and cook gently over a medium flame stirring until it is thick and creamy and the flour has cooked out.
Pour it over your cooked pasta, mix thoroughly and serve.
Here is a video of a variant of this recipe – https://bhoneycombe.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/wholemeal-pasta-with-alfredo-sauce-video/