With a creative, elegant presentation, this rich, cheesy pasta dish will easily become one of your regular recipes. Flavored with balsamic vinegar and nutritional yeast and filled with chunks of fresh avocado, it makes a cool, dairy-free alternative to typical macaroni and cheese.
Serves 6. Cooking time 30 minutes.
1 1/2 cnDried spiral pasta
3 cRipe avocado, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
6Large lettuce leaves
1/2 TbspOlive oil
3/4 cOnion, minced
2 clvGarlic, minced
2 cTomato, peeled and diced
1 tspnGround cumin
2 tspnRaw sugar
1 pnSalt and black pepper to taste
1 pnCayenne pepper to taste
1 TbspNutritional yeast
2 TbspEggless mayonnaise
2 tspnSoy sauce
3/16 tspnBalsamic vinegar
- Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Rinse in cold water and set aside to drain well.
- Meanwhile, prepare the salsa. Heat the olive oil in a skillet on medium heat and sauté the onion and garlic until lightly browned. Add the remaining salsa ingredients and cook until thickened, then remove from the heat and chill. Note: Use store-bought salsa if desired.
- Whisk all the Vegan Cheese ingredients together in a small saucepan until well combined. Bring to a boil on high heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Chill until cold. In a large bowl, mix the pasta and Vegan Cheese until well combined. Add the avocado cubes and gently toss together.
- To serve, either line a large salad bowl with lettuce leaves or place a lettuce leaf in each individual serving bowl. Gently scoop the avo-pasta on top of the lettuce. Make a small hole in the center of the pasta and fill with the salsa.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calories: 299, Fat 14.3g (128 cal), Carbohydrate 36.5g (146 cal), Protein 6.2g (25 cal)
Added information: Saturated Fat 2.3g, Cholesterol 1mg, Sodium 382mg, Dietary Fiber 5.5g