Hangover Pasta with Vegan Cream Sauce
I don't profess in the slightest to be a Vegan Chef. In fact, I've been given the nickname of "The Price of Pork" by both my clients as well as other chefs, however that doesn't mean that sometimes I just crave a break from all the heavy dishes, and want something different on my dinner plate. Enter my recipe for Hangover Pasta with Vegan Cream Sauce. Dry pasta is almost always naturally vegan, do check the package on the pasta however, just in case.
This recipe is great after a long night out, perhaps you've imbibed in a few too many "adult beverages", or you work crazy long hours like I do as a chef and you just want something to throw together quickly that is tasty, healthy, and vegan. Let's face it, who doesn't love garlicky pasta late at night to help sop up all that booze?
1/2 Cup Stella Cadente L'Atunno Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for finishing
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes (more if you like it piccante!)
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 cup raw walnuts finely chopped
28oz canned white Italian Cannellini beans, rinsed & drained
1 Meyer lemon
1 Teaspoon chives, finely chopped
12oz to 1 lb of Fettucine or Pappardelle pasta
Kosher salt & black pepper
Let's get cooking!
Heat 1/4 cup of the Stella Cadente L'Atunno Extra Virgin Olive Oil a large heavy bottomed pot (Dutch oven) over medium flame. Toss in your walnuts and red chili flake stirring frequently until the walnuts are nicely golden brown. When the nuts begin to start turning golden, add in one of the sliced cloves of garlic. Keep things moving as you want to make sure that both the nuts and the garlic don't burn. Once the nuts, chili, and garlic have finished cooking, turn them out into a bowl, and set aside.
Add in the remaining 1/4 cup of oil, and over medium low heat, add the remaining sliced garlic, and sweat it for 3-4 minutes to release all of it's garlicky goodness. Once the oil has become incredibly fragrant and the garlic has softened, but not taken on any color, add in your beans and rosemary. Let the beans cook in the rosemary garlic oil for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until they darken slightly.
While the beans are cooking, prepare the pasta according to the directions on the package. Remember to use heavily salted water. The pasta water should taste like the ocean. Never put oil in the pasta water. At the 3 minute until pasta done mark, move 1 & 1/4 cups of the pasta cooking water to the beans. Using an immersion stick blender, pulse the beans until they become a nice creamy sauce. Don't fully puree the sauce, you want to leave it a bit chunky for some great texture, and so that it will stick better to the pasta. Don't discard that pasta water!
Transfer the pasta to the bean pot using a mesh strainer, spider, or colander with a handle. After the pasta has been transferred, add in another 3/4 cup of the pasta water, bring the heat up to medium-high and finish cooking the pasta in the beans on a medium simmer. The sauce might look a bit loose right now, but don't worry. It will thicken as rests. Turn off the heat and let the pasta rest for a full 3 minutes. In the meantime zest 1/2 of the lemon and add the lemon zest to the hot pasta. Cut the lemon equitorially and juice both sides of the lemon. Add a healthy pinch of salt and black pepper. Taste the pasta and adjust your seasoning to your liking.
To finish, toss in the chopped chives & lemon juice, stirring gently just to combine. Plate the hot pasta immediately and sprinkle over the walnuts & garlic. Finally, drizzle with another healthy drizzle of Stella Cadente L'Atunno extra virgin olive oil... and enjoy this comfort food pasta dish with a vegan cream sauce.
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About the Author:
Certified Master Chef Sean Andrade is the Executive Chef/Owner of AWG Private Chefs, named the #1 Private Chef Company in California. Chef Sean has worked in the restaurant and hospitality industries worldwide for more than 25 years. His company AWG Private Chefs offers highly custom tailored, bespoke private chef dining experiences, and private event catering in over 30 countries around the globe.