Angel Hair Pasta with Mushrooms and Ricotta
This is so light and flavorful that The Husband is already looking forward to the leftovers. The original recipe is from the latest issue of Sunset Magazine, but I made lots of changes. So really, I guess that means I was inspired by the recipe . . .
6 oz angel hair pasta
8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 leek, white and light green parts only, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt, to taste
1/2 C vegan ricotta (recipe below)
1/4 C toasted croutons, crushed (I made my own—see below)
1/3 C flat-leaf parsley leaves
4 Tbs olive oil, divided
14 oz extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
1/3 C nutritional yeast
1/2 C to 1 C fresh basil leaves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbs lemon juice
2-3 slices French bread, toasted, then chopped and crushed
To make ricotta: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend well. You’ll only need about 1/3 to 1/2 C, so either refrigerate the rest for a few days for another meal, or freeze it.
Cook pasta according to package instructions; reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, then drain. Heat 2 Tbs of the olive oil and add the mushrooms; cook until browned. Add the leeks and garlic and cook about 1-2 minutes. Season with salt. Toss the pasta with the mushroom mixture, reserved pasta sauce and remaining 2Tbs of olive oil.
Top with little dollops of the ricotta and some parsley. Enjoy!
- Pasta, Main Dishes