וועגאַנמאָפאָ: "ד" איז פֿאַר ספּייסי פּאַמפּקין פּעננע מיט סוי פעטאַ און האַזעלנוץ

די “V” וואָרט האלט זייַן סימכע פון וועגאַנמאָפאָ, דער חודש פון וועגאַן עסנוואַרג, מיט די אנדערע 25 אותיות פון די אלפאבעט. “S” איז פֿאַר ספּייסי פּאַמפּקין פּעננע מיט סוי פעטאַ און האַזעלנוץ.

Here is another dish that should be on your Thanksgiving menu especially if you are having dinner with pre-vegans! This will get rid of all those ideas that Vegan food is bland, boring and always means salad or tofu (even though salad and tofu can be anything but bland or boring).

First of all, everyone loves pasta (און אויב זיי טאָן ניט, they should). I used brown rice penne to keep the dish gluten-free but you could use whatever pasta rocks your Mayflower. A hearty pasta works best here to hold up to the sauce and other ingredients.

Speaking of other ingredients, this pasta dish has VEGAN FETA CHEESE. אַז ס רעכט, Vegan feta. אַוואַדע, you could make your own but Sunergia Soyfoods makes a delicious Vegan feta cheese and in 3 different flavors. I prefer the Meditteranean Herb, זיך. They also make Vegan Bleu Cheese.

It’s funny – before I was Vegan, I hated feta cheese. I never liked the salty, tangy flavor and would pick it off any of my food it dared to touch. But I love Vegan feta. It is much less salty but still has that tangy taste. It crumbles well and when you put it into the hot pasta sauce, it melts a bit and becomes like a ricotta going through the dish. יום! So, second of all, for the all those people who “can’t live without cheese,” show them they don’t have to. They can have cheese AND be cruelty-free. So there!

Third, hazelnuts! Talk about fancy-schmancy. Hazelnuts have such a great flavor and they add some crunchy texture to the otherwise silky sauce. Hazelnuts are very autumny and holiday-ish (יאָ, those are words). Very impressive!

און לעסאָף, קירבעס. You have to have something pumpkin for the holidays. Everyone expects pumpkin soups and pies. Surprise them by putting the pumpkin in the pasta. It makes a rich, creamy sauce and without any added cream so it’s figure-friendly. העלא, under the new וואָג וואַטטשערס Points Plus program (cue Jennifer Hudson singing), pumpkin has 0 points! That means you can eat even more pasta…איך טראַכטן.

אַזוי עס איר האָבן עס – all the reasons you just have to serve this dish for your Thanksgiving extravaganza. עס ס געשמאַק, it’s easy to make (especially if you use canned pumpkin) and it will knock the pilgrim boots off your guests.

Hearty penne, a silky, קרימי, slightly spicy pumpkin sauce, tangy VEGAN feta cheese and crunchy hazelnuts. My Spicy Pumpkin Penne with Soy Feta and Hazelnuts is a dish to be thankful for. You’re welcome 🙂

Spicy Pumpkin Penne with Soy Feta and Hazelnuts

ינגרידיאַנץ

1 לב. ברוין רייַז פּעננע
3 Tbs. וועגאַן פּוטער
1 גרויס שאַללאָט, מינסט
2 קנאָבל קלאָוועס, מינסט
½ צפּ. קראַשט רויט פעפער פלאַקעס
3 Tbs. פריש סאַגע, chopped (אָדער 3 tsp. דאַר)
2 cups roasted pumpkin puree or 1-14 אַז. קענען
2 טעפּלעך נידעריק-סאָדיום גרינס יויך
זאַלץ און פעפער צו טעם
6 אַז. וועגאַן פעטאַ קעז
1/3 cup raw hazelnuts, chopped
3 Tbs. פריש פּעטרעשקע, chopped

אינסטרוקציעס

To make the roasted pumpkin puree:

פּרעהעאַט ויוון צו 375 דיגריז. Cut the pumpkin in half and scrape out the seeds. Place the pumpkin halves, skin side up, on a baking sheet. Roast pumpkin until the flesh is lightly browned and soft. Cool for 15 minutes or until you can handle it. Scrape the flesh from the pumpkin, place in a food processor and puree until smooth.

Or just buy a can of pumpkin puree 🙂

Cook the penne in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package directions. Reserve up to ½ cup of the starchy cooking water in case you need to loosen the sauce later.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Let the butter get slightly brown and nutty, וועגן 3 מינוט. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté about 2 מינוט. Do not let them burn. Add the red pepper flakes and 1 Tbs. of the fresh sage (אָדער 1 tsp. דאַר סאַגע). Cook for another minute.

Stir in the pumpkin puree. Whisk in the broth until you have a looser sauce. צייַט מיט זאַלץ און פעפער.

Toss the penne with the remaining sage, most of the soy feta and hazelnuts (reserve some of each for garnish). Add the parsley to the penne.

אויב דער סאָוס איז אויך דיק, add some of the reserved starchy cooking water to loosen it. I didn’t need any when I made it. Garnish with the remaining soy feta and hazelnuts. דינען בשעת הייס. האַנאָע האָבן!

“S” איז פֿאַר ספּייסי פּאַמפּקין פּעננע מיט סוי פעטאַ און האַזעלנוץ. פֿאַר אנדערע “S” ווערטער, טשעק אויס מיין Spicy Chile Cheese Corn Muffins, מייַן Spinach-Stuffed Seitan Roast, מייַן Spinach Artichoke Dip, מייַן Sweet N’Spicy Tempeh, מייַן Stewed Patty Pan Squash, און מיין Scallion Corn Cakes with Black-Eyed Pea Salsa.

די “V” וואָרט: זאָגן אים. עסן עס. לעבן אים.

(באזוכט 911 מאל, 1 וויסיץ הייַנט)

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2 רעספּאָנסעס צו וועגאַנמאָפאָ: "ד" איז פֿאַר ספּייסי פּאַמפּקין פּעננע מיט סוי פעטאַ און האַזעלנוץ

  1. vegansmarties אָקטאָבער 26, 2011 בייַ 12:57 בין #

    pumpkin and pasta and hazelnuts in one dish! sounds excellent 🙂

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