VeganMofo: Vegan Lite – Tempeh & Asparagus with Whole Wheat Pasta & Pesto

October 9, 2008

It’s Day 3 of Vegan Lite and I wanted some pasta last night. I dug through my fridge, pantry and cookbooks and I came up with this. It was nice and filling, but still healthy.
1 1/2 cups fresh basil
3 T olive oil
3 T soy milk
1 cup pine nuts
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Blend in in a blender or food processor and set aside.

1 block tempeh (cubed)
1/2 can artichoke hearts (I had to use the rest of the left overs from last night)
2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 bunch of fresh asparagus (I only use the tips)
2 large handfuls fresh spinach (or as much as you want)
1/2 pound cooked whole wheat pasta (I used thin spagetti)
1 T olive oil
1/4 cup vegetable broth

Brown tempeh in a large pan using the olive oil. Add mushrooms, artichoke hearts, asparagus and vegetable broth and saute for a few minutes before adding spinach. Now you can do the rest two ways, you can toss the pasta in the pesto and top with the veggies or you can throw the whole thing in one pot and toss with the pesto. I chose option two and added a little salt and pepper.


6 Responses to “VeganMofo: Vegan Lite – Tempeh & Asparagus with Whole Wheat Pasta & Pesto”

  1. Anything with Pesto gets my vote!!
    I’ve only tried tempeh once and it was this jarred stuff in brine and made me barf!
    I realise this is not the norm for tempeh – I just can’t get any other kind.
    *sniff sniff*

  2. Tami Says:

    This sounds like a great dinner! It’s got lots of stuff I love in it.

  3. Vegannifer Says:

    That sounds like a great pesto recipe. Pesto is not something I’ve ever been that great at making.

    I always forget about asparagus. I don’t know why, it’s so delicious and it is terrific in pasta!

  4. Monique Says:

    Very nice! Sounds great.

  5. miss v Says:

    i was going to just make a simple whole wheat pasta and pesto dish, but thanks to this post i have the motivation to spice it up a bit. yum!

  6. Ohhh that looks good! I’ve never made/heard of/thought of pesto with soymilk in it.

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