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November 19, 2012 — Vegan Recipes

Acorn Alfredo Penne Pasta

Source:  The Lunchbox Bunch

 Acorn Alfredo Penne Pasta.  My Voice Vegan Recipes

Acorn Alfredo Sauce
4 Cups roasted Acorn Squash (about 1 medium squash)
1 cup parsley (or fresh basil)
3/4 cup plain plant milk (almond/hemp/soy)
1/3 cup Nutritional Yeast Flakes
2-3 Tbsp EVOO
2-3 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
2-3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp roasted garlic
2 Tbsp dried Italian herbs (basil, oregano, thyme)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp red pepper flakes or dash of cayenne
salt and pepper

1 bag pasta (any variety you choose)
*I used Kamut Penne
2-3 cups mushrooms
optional add-in's:
1 package tempeh, cut into cubes
1 Field Roast Chipotle Vegan Sausage tube
Sprinkle of Daiya Cheese on top


1. Turn on oven to 350 degrees.

2. Fill a casserole dish with an inch of water. Slice Acorn Squash in half (horizontal slice as shown) and lay flat in dish. Place in oven to roast at 350 degrees for 60-75 minutes.

3. When your squash is roasted the skin should peel away quite easily. Remove all skin and place squash flesh in a food processor. Add all other ingredients.

4. Blend on high for at least 2 minutes. You want all the parsley to chop into fine bits. Set sauce aside.

5. Boil a pot of salted water. Cook your pasta. 2-3 minutes before the pasta is ready to drain, add mushrooms and optional protein add-in's. Drain as usual. Toss dry pasta in a splash of EVOO (opt'l).

QuickStep Note: Cook mushrooms/tempeh and sausage simply by throwing them into pasta pot 2-3 minutes before draining pasta. This allows you to boil my protein/veggies quickly without adding in another step. Drain pasta/veggies/protein together.

6. Toss warm pasta in your Acorn Alfredo Sauce. Mix well so each pasta bit is coated.

7. You can either store in fridge and re-heat later - or eat right away - or transfer pasta into an oven safe dish and let heat at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. This will marinate the pasta a bit and soften the sauce. You can even add a sprinkle of Daiya cheese on top if you'd like.

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