הבגרה, כל אמא שלי היום הראשון תהיה לעשות שני דברים: מרק עוף עם כדורי מצה וסיר של רוטב עגבניות לפסטה ענקי. טכס שבועי זו מיוצג גם המורשת וחינוכה: יהודי אבל תמיד גדל בשכונות איטלקיות. למעשה, החבר הכי טוב של הילדות של האמא שלי, דולורס (אחיו, ג'קי ורנון, is the voice of Frosty the Snowman), was the daughter of a chef. He owned and ran an Italian restaurant and he taught my mother how to cook Italian food while my grandparents taught her how to cook Jewish fare.
By the time I was older and eating out, the last thing I ever wanted was Italian food. I wanted Spanish food, מזון ג'מייקה, אוכל הודי, אוכל סיני, anything but Italian food. On the one hand, I was tired of it because I would have it every week. מצד השני, no one could (or still can) make a sauce like my mother’s.
On those occasions when I would get Italian food, I would order pasta in a garlic and oil sauce or a cream-based sauce. These are still my favorite types of sauce. Alfredo sauce was something I loved but ordered rarely. אחרי ככלות הכל, it’s really fattening and unhealthy. I know two people who had heart attacks the day after eating Fettuccine Alfredo for dinner…seriously!
But it seemed time to make my own vegan and healthier version of an Alfredo sauce. I used raw cashews. I didn’t soak them but you could if you wanted to. They ground up fine for me without soaking. I also wanted to make the sauce soy-free so I used almond milk and if I had wanted to make it richer and smoother, I would have added coconut spread. I didn’t use the coconut spread, אולם, because I wanted to keep the sauce as light as I possibly could so I skipped the extra fat. Sauteing the onion and garlic before putting into the sauce deepens and intensifies the flavor. Roasting the garlic would make it even better!
The sauce tastes rich, להחליק, שמנת ודקדנטי. If you want it to have more of the traditional white color, omit the paprika. I chose a gluten-free brown rice rotini for the pasta. The spiral shape holds more sauce than a long noodle where most of the sauce just drips off. For veggies, I chose asparagus and peas but of course, you can use whatever veggies are your favorites.
My Rotini Alfredo with Asparagus and Peas is a hearty, comforting and much healthier (ללא גלוטן וללא סויה) version of an old favorite that makes me happy to choose Italian again.
Rotini אלפרדו עם אספרגוס ואפונה
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta according to the package directions. בעוד הפסטה מתבשלת, מכין את הרוטב. בסיר בגודל בינוני, חום 2 כפית. שמן על אש בינונית גבוהה. Cook the onions and garlic until they are softened and starting to brown, על 8 פרוטוקול. While the onions and garlic are cooking, add the cashews and the hot water into a food processor. Leave the saucepan out because you’re going to use it again. Pulse a few times to get the chopping started and then process until smooth, על 2 פרוטוקול.
Add the cooked onions and garlic to the food processor. Add the lemon juice, tahini sauce, חרדל, שמרים תזונתיים, פפריקה, אגוז מוסקט, salt and pepper and process until well combined and smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking. Transfer the cashew sauce to the saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the milk and let cook until the sauce is to your desired thickness and consistency. If it seems to thick, add more milk. If you want the sauce to be silkier and creamier, add the coconut butter spread (or vegan butter of your choice). Reduce the heat to the lowest setting just to keep the sauce warm.
By now the pasta should be done. Drain the pasta into a colander. In the pasta pot, add the remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add the scallions and asparagus and cook until the vegetables are tender but still crisp. Add the pasta back to the pot and toss with the vegetables. Add the cashew cream sauce to the pasta and toss to coat. Stir in the peas and cook until they are warmed through. Serve while hot with parsley and fresh cracked black pepper. תהנה!
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