Let’s talk pasta!
One thing I love about meal prep, is using pasta! Pasta gets a bad reputation for being just laden with carbs and lacking in nutrients. However, that can’t be further from the truth. It’s actually the perfect medium to get more veggies on your plate and you can even utilize healthier sauces and pasta varieties. If you’re not about white pasta, you can always mix it up with healthier alternatives. Today, there are endless options!
Bonus, it terms of leftover, it’s still good the next day!
One of my favorite classic dishes, is Pumpkin pasta! My first recipe in a culinary course at NYU was actually homemade Pumpkin Raviolis! If you can’t picture pumpkin making a great filling or pasta sauce, think again! It’s so good and they actually go seamlessly together! Since I had explored raviolis and even a pasta dish years ago, I wanted to give the whole pasta bake concept a go!
Pasta bakes are typically made with heavy cream and paired with chicken, but you can easily skip the dairy and pack on some plant protein to make for a more filling dish. Even bigger bonus, you can use whatever cheese you like. You can opt for vegan ricotta or traditional.
So why a pasta bake? Honestly, I never saw the appeal in a pasta bake and wondered what all the fuss was about. Typically if you’re making a vegan sauce it can easily dry out. So if you don’t have the right consistency and throw it in an oven, you won’t be left with much. The key is to achieve the perfect texture! With this recipe we added pasta water rather than broth and you actually impart more flavor than broth! If you’ve tossed yours already, you can also throw in some veggie broth!
What’s fab about this dish? Honestly, everything. It’s quick, easy, has minimal ingredients, it features a full can of pumpkin puree, its flavor packed, creamy, dreamy, filling, veggie packed, it can easily be made in bulk (meal prep), affordable, ingredients are accessible, the sauce is thrown in a blender, it’s not made with heavy cream, it features fresh herbs and tons of kale, it has notes of garlic and cinnamon, the sauce has plant protein, the sauce can be paired with countless other dishes, you can mix up the pasta, its great for entertaining, the dish is non vegan approved, you can easily make it in bulk, you can use vegan cheese on top or traditional if preferred, and it’s just an all around game changing effortless recipe you have to try!
If you love a fab fall pasta dish that you can enjoy for years to come, you have to try this Pumpkin Pasta Bake!
Why this recipe is great:
Made without heavy cream
Sauce made in blender
Perfect for fall
Can be made fully vegan