Potato Alfredo Pasta
serves 4 with leftovers
1 box fettuccine pasta
16oz can of cannellini beans, rinsed/drained
4 cloves of garlic – or equivalent garlic paste
2 tablespoon vegan mayo, Vegenaise
½ cup sweet onion, chopped
⅔ cup dehydrated potato flakes (plain instant mashed potatoes)
⅔ cup soy milk, plain
¾ cup soy creamer, plain
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
4-6 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes (will change the color slightly)
4 dashes of cayenne powder
½ teaspoon fresh black pepper
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (optional)
salt to taste
1. Drop the pasta and cook according to package.
2. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add in more soy milk or creamer to thin out sauce to desired consistency. Also tweak and ingredients for your taste preferences. Salt. Nutritional yeast. More garlic. Extra spicy. Whatever.
3. Drain pasta and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Pour about 3 cups of the sauce right over the hot pasta. This will adequately warm the sauce.
4. Plate pasta – add a pinch of chopped parsley if you’d like – and top with ‘extra sauce’ if you are in the mood for it.
Comfort. Food. They say pasta is the ultimate comfort food. Especially when it’s creamy Alfredo Pasta. So maybe that’s why I was craving it this afternoon. I had a very long day yesterday with Nelly my kitty at the vet. She has been in and out of different vets always coming up with various blood sugar readings. She was diagnosed with kitty diabetes. Then she was “not” then she was, then “not” – round and round we go. Incredibly stressful since I have been with Nelly since she was a tiny kitty whom I adopted from an animal shelter in West LA about ten years ago. She is indeed my fur-baby.
So today I am spending extra time with her at home – awaiting another test result that may or may not confirm what the vet thinks is true: diabetes. And from there, I will go.
But back to this amazing pasta which Nelly quite enjoyed me making – the luscious scent of pasta creaminess filled the air and tickled her nose..