I was completely excited by the gorgeous photos of acorn squash alfredo pasta on Healthy Happy Life, and had to try this recipe. It didn't turn out exactly as I'd hoped, so here's how I would edit the original recipe for next time:
- First, consider this a do-ahead dish. Meaning, make it the day before you want to eat it, and let the flavors settle and mingle overnight in the fridge. Something about the yeast flakes just totally changes with time. When I ate the leftovers the next day, it almost a different dish- much milder and actually fairly tasty.
- Second, rather than using 1/3 cup of the nutritional yeast flakes, I would down it quite a bit, especially if it is your first time trying them. The yeast flakes have a very strong flavor.
- Third, I would halve the other spices as well. It was all just a little overwhelming.
- Fourth, I had waaaaaay too much sauce, even making a full box of pasta. You could probably get away with halving the sauce ingredients.
Ingredients: (should still make enough to serve 4-6)
- 3 cups of roasted acorn squash (the majority of a medium-sized squash)
- 1/2-3/4 cup parsley or fresh basil, chopped
- 1/2 cup plain almond or soy milk
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
- 1.5 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1.5 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1.5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves roasted garlic
- 1 Tbsp dried Italian herbs
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 bag pasta (try: quinoa or kamut pasta)
- 1 cup fresh crimini mushrooms
|The original recipe made TONS of sauce!|
- Cut the squash in half, remove seeds, and place face down on baking sheet in an inch of water. Cook at 400 degrees for about an hour.
- Whisk together the oil, vinegar, milk, syrup, mustard, yeast flakes, dried Italian herbs and pepper flakes.
- When squash is done cooking, spoon into food processor and add the parsley/basil, garlic, and the whisked sauce mix. (Note: if your food processor is not big enough to hold everything, add half the squash, half the parsley, 1 garlic clove, and half of the whisked mix. You want things to mix evenly). Process well, at least a few minutes, until creamy & completely smooth.
- Cook the pasta. About 2 minutes before it's done, add in the mushrooms to cook them as well. Drain the pasta and mushrooms, and place in a large dish. Add the sauce and coat well.
- To allow flavors to mingle, store in fridge overnight and re-heat the following day.
See my comments in "Adventures in Veganizing" for additional notes on this dish. I'm looking forward to updating it and trying again, since I think it has potential.