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I also added roasted red peppers Barb
Hi Elise — I went vegan last year, and this pasta dish is great. The nuts and zest give it that extra something in lieu of cheese. Thanks for the vegan recipes! -Lisa
I’m so glad you like it Lisa!
I made this for an end-of-the-school-year potluck and people went crazy for it! I used penne since it’s what we had in the house but otherwise made it exactly as is. Delicious! I used to really dislike potlucks because I never knew what to bring, but this is a definite crowd-pleaser.
Toasted bread crumbs are another alternative to cheese, though that’s a lot of carbs.
I’m so glad that you brought up the topic of gluten-free pasta, Elise. I have had the most success with gluten-free pasta, both warm and cold, and find that it reheats well when I follow a particular preparation technique.
I cook the pasta until the moment the water becomes cloudy, meaning it has given off a lot of its starch. That is usually a few minutes short of the recommended boiling time. Then, I quickly drain it and rinse it with lukewarm water. I find this method to be somewhat less important when I use corn pasta, like Sam Mills, but essential when I use brown rice pasta.
I ruined so many pounds of gluten-free pasta before figuring this out, so I thought maybe I’d save you some trouble!
This was delicious! Great for a crowd-pleasing pot luck. I’m adding parm to it but the dish is honestly good enough without it.
I am currently eating this dish. I used pistachios instead of almonds and topped it off with some feta cheese. It is divine! It has a Mediterranean taste to it, which I love! Thanks for the recipe.
think grilled shrimp would go well in this too.
I use hazelnuts or pine nuts in my pasta all the time, but hadn’t ever thought of almonds… I wonder why not?! Great idea. You also make a great point about getting the nuttiness without using Parmesan when making a vegan version. Never thought of that either! Thanks!
How is this reheated?
I reheat it in our microwave. ~Elise