Vegan Pesto Pasta

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Vegan Pesto Pasta

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup Vegan Tofu Ricotta* or store-bought vegan ricotta

FOR THE BROCCOLI PESTO

  • 1.5 cups Roasted Broccoli 
  • 1 cup basil
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

FOR THE PASTA

  • 3/4 lb spaghetti 
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • basil, parsley, vegan parmesan 

Directions:

  • Prepare the Vegan Tofu Ricotta according to the instructions and place in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Prepare the pesto by combining all of the ingredients in a food processor and blending until combined, scrapping down the sides as needed. It is ok if the pesto is on the chunky side. Taste and adjust as needed. Place in a bowl until ready to use.

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions, being sure to reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining.

  • While pasta is cooking, heat vegan butter and olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add shallot, lemon zest & lemon juice and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the pan with the pesto and a 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Toss to combine, adding additional pasta water as needed. Once everything is heated through and sauce comes together remove from the heat.
  • To serve, spread 1/4 cup of ricotta onto each plate (or bowl) and top with pasta. Add any additional toppings and eat!

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  • Thomas Cox
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