There’s a new category of food in our house these days that I like to call “decadent vegan.” Regular vegan food, as everyone knows, is steamed quinoa with shredded carrots and a squeeze of lemon, but decadent vegan food is different. It’s this creamy, hearty pasta, and my first experiment with deep-frying and that addictive roasted squash salad that we’re still making every chance we get. In truth, a lot of recipes on this site fall into the decadent vegan category, but for some reason I hadn’t thought of them that way before. This year, I’m making a conscious effort to cook more vegan meals. Decadent, delicious vegan meals.
What are your favorite recipes or ideas that fall into the decadent vegan category? Please share!
If you keep a jar of caramelized onions in the fridge, as I’ve been doing lately, this recipe can be prepared in the time your pasta takes to cook. And if you don’t keep a jar of caramelized onions in the fridge, I encourage you to start.
Whole Wheat Pasta with Greens, Caramelized Onions, and Creamy Walnut Sauce: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Salt it well, then add 3/4 lb. whole wheat spaghetti. While the pasta is cooking, make the walnut sauce in your food processor by grinding 1 1/2 c. walnuts, a large clove of garlic, and 1/2 tsp. salt until smooth or slightly grainy, whichever you prefer. Add 5 Tbsp. roasted walnut oil and mix again. Scoop 1/4 c. hot water from the pasta pot and blend into the sauce to thin.
Just before the pasta is done, add a bunch of thinly-sliced washed greens to the pot (I used the tops from a bunch of beets) for the last 30 seconds of cooking time. Reserve a mug of the cooking water and then drain the pasta and greens together. Immediately transfer the pasta to a serving bowl and toss with a big scoop of caramelized onions (if they’re straight from the fridge, like mine, tossing them with the hot pasta right away will warm them up) and the walnut sauce. Add some of the reserved cooking water if needed to moisten the pasta. Season well with black pepper and taste for salt before serving.