Easy Pesto Pasta

Easy Pesto Pasta

We usually turn to this recipe after we’ve had a long, tiring day and we’re looking for a really quick, simple and tasty meal. The trick is using homemade pesto, which is super easy and will last for a few days in the fridge.

You can also experiment with different vegetables, but we enjoy the sweetness from the tomatoes and peppers, while the peas add some lovely colour to the dish.

Serves 2-3 people.

Easy Pesto Pasta

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Easy Pesto Pasta
Easy Pesto Pasta
Servings
2-3 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 150 g dry pasta
  • 1/2 cup soya cream
  • 2 tbsp vegan pesto (link for recipe below)
  • 50 g vegan cheese (for grating)
  • coconut oil (for frying)
Servings
2-3 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 150 g dry pasta
  • 1/2 cup soya cream
  • 2 tbsp vegan pesto (link for recipe below)
  • 50 g vegan cheese (for grating)
  • coconut oil (for frying)
Easy Pesto Pasta
Instructions
  1. If you want to make your own pesto, follow our simple recipe (link below).
  2. Prepare the vegetables by slicing the tomatoes in half and slicing the red pepper into strips.
  3. Heat a tsp of coconut oil in a frying pan on a medium to high heat. Add the tomatoes and the pepper, and fry for 5 minutes.
  4. Next, add the frozen peas to the frying pan and continue to fry everything for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the pasta to the packet’s instructions.
  6. Add the soya cream and 2 tbsp of pesto to the frying pan, and cook for a further minute. Stir until everything is combined.
  7. Drain the pasta and add to the frying pan.
  8. We recommend serving with grated vegan cheese.

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Follow our simple recipe for vegan pesto here.

Easy Fajitas

Easy Fajitas

These easy fajitas are simple, colourful and are bursting with spicy flavours! Our recipe gives the vegetables a lovely kick, which balances really well with the sourness from the cashew cream. Some people say the key to an excellent fajita is the tortilla, so try to find good quality tortillas from your local store.

We serve our fajitas with mashed avocado, sour cream and a few cilantro (coriander) leaves.

Makes 6 fajitas.

Ingredients

1 yellow pepper sliced
1 red pepper sliced
1 red onion sliced
300g mushrooms sliced
1 clove garlic diced

Fajita mix:
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp vegetable oil

For Serving:
1 ripe avocado mashed
1 lime
6 medium tortillas
Small handful of cilantro (coriander)
Cashew sour cream

Easy Fajitas

Method

1. Preheat oven to 220°C.

2. Place the sliced peppers, mushroom and onion on a baking tray and sprinkle with garlic, all the fajita spices and drizzle with the olive oil. Mix everything together with your hands.

3. Place baking tray in the oven for 12-15 minutes until the veg is soft.

4. Meanwhile, mash the avocado and prepare the cashew sour cream.

5. Remove the veg from the oven and start building your fajitas. First spread the mashed avocado on the tortilla, then a serving of veg, followed by a squeeze of lime juice, a drizzle of sour cream and lastly a sprinkle of cilantro (coriander).

Cashew sour cream

Ingredients:
1/2 cup cashews soaked
1/4 cup water
2 tsp vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice

Method:
1. Soak cashews in hot water for 10 minutes, then drain.
2. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Spicy Fritters

Spicy Fritters

These fritters are the perfect boost during the cold winter months! They’re packed with Vitamin C and only take four simple steps, so they’re super simple and really easy to make at home.

Thai food is one of our favourite cuisines, so we took some traditional ingredients from the region to make this recipe, such as red chilli, spring onions, garlic and coriander, which give the fritters a huge burst of fresh flavour. We like to serve our fritters with a drizzle of lime juice and sweet chilli sauce.

Spicy Fritters

Makes 7 – 8 fritters.

Ingredients

1/2 head of broccoli
1 cup frozen sweetcorn
1/2 red pepper deseeded
3 spring onions
1 red chilli deseeded
1 garlic clove
Handful of coriander
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp paprika
Pinch of salt & pepper

Fresh lime juice and sweet chilli sauce for serving

Method

1. Prepare the veg by cutting the stems off the broccoli so you are left with just the florets. Then roughly chop the spring onion, peppers and red chilli.

2. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor for 20-30 seconds until the mixture reaches a rough consistency. Make sure you don’t process the ingredients for too long, otherwise the mixture will be too runny.

3. Take a handful of the mixture and shape it into a fritter slightly smaller than the size of your palm.

4. Drizzle a little oil in a frying pan on a medium heat.

5. Once the saucepan is hot, fry the fritters for 5-7 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

6. Serve with a drizzle of lime juice and sweet chilli sauce.

Enjoy!

Roxy and Ben, aka So Vegan.

Equipment

Aubergine Tikka Masala

Aubergine Tikka Masala

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 aubergine sliced in chunks
1 white onion diced
2 red peppers sliced

For the masala paste…
4 garlic cloves roughly chopped
Thumb of ginger roughly chopped
1 tsp each turmeric, paprika, garam masala
1/2 tsp each salt, cayenne pepper, chilli flakes
2 tsp cumin

For the sauce…
1 can of tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
200ml coconut milk from can
Handful of coriander (cilantro) plus more for garnish

Aubergine Tikka Masala

Aubergine Tikka Masala
– Full recipe bit.ly/2gGz1HM

Posted by So Vegan on Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Method

1. Heat a little oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Once hot, add in the aubergine and fry for 5 minutes on each side or until slightly brown.

2. Set the aubergine aside and place the onion in the frying pan. Fry for 5 minutes, adding more oil as needed.

3. Meanwhile, make the masala paste by combining the ingredients in a grinder until the mixture is smooth. Alternatively, use a pestle and mortar and grind the ingredients together until they form a rough paste.

4. Add the masala paste and peppers to the frying pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

5. Then add the can of tomatoes, tomato puree and aubergine, and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Use the back of the mixing spoon to squash the tomatoes to create a smoother consistency.

6. Stir in the coconut milk and coriander (cilantro) and cook until hot.

7. Garnish with coriander and serve.

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