What a mouthful of a title, right?
Ever since I made this creamy pasta sauce with tofu, I've been interested in trying another pasta tofu sauce recipe. I really love how creamy it makes the sauces, and if you haven't tried it yourself, I definitely recommend it. One of my favorite pasta dishes is Rachael Ray's You Won't be Single For Long Vodka Pasta Sauce. It's a simple recipe that I used to absolutely love, and I was just thinking how I should try incorporating some silken tofu into that recipe. I'll let you know if anything comes of it. The recipe is pretty comforting, filling, and since it highlights butternut squash, I think it's a perfect fall dinner.
I'm not one to microwave butternut squash or sweet potatoes, so if you want to cut down the time of this dish, you could do that, but I much prefer baking them. It does take more time, but I usually get it started when I get home, and then go for a run while it finishes. Or, just make this dish on a weekend when you have more time.
Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Carbonara Pasta
Slightly adapted from Chef Mom
1 pound whole wheat linguine
1 (3 pound) butternut squash
1 (16oz) package silken tofu
1.5 cups frozen peas
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1. Preheat oven to 350. Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash on a baking sheet with the skin side up. Pour a little water onto the baking sheet, just enough to have water all over the sheet. Place in oven and bake for about 1 hour. Take out when you can pierce it with a fork and the prongs easily go through the skin.
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Right before it's done, add in the peas for 1 minute. Drain.
3. Once the squash has cooled a bit, scoop the flesh out of the skin and place into a food processor. Add the silken tofu, olive oil, yeast, salt, pepper, and paprika. Pulse until smooth.
4. Mix the sauce with the pasta and peas. You don't have to use all the sauce since it does make quite a lot. Serve.
When I finally had to get up, I grabbed my camera and started snapping pictures of him. He was less than thrilled to have the camera up in his face, but he's a pretty good sport about it. It reminded me of when he was a puppy and would always cuddle with us. Lately I've felt like a mom to a teenager, so my heart was totally happy. I'll take cuddling with Ryder any day! I hope you've been able to enjoy the fall weather! Happy Sunday!