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December 6, 2015
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Creamy, cheesy, grain free spaghetti with butternut squash sauce and lightly fried kale. Vegan.

Cremet, ostet, frynfri spaghetti alfredo med butternut squash sauce og let ristet palmekål. Vegansk.

Creamy, cheesy, grain free spaghetti with butternut squash sauce and lightly fried kale. Vegan. | Sprouted Fig

I’ve always been very fond of big bowls of creamy spaghetti. I remember always choosing spaghetti a la carbonara at restaurants as a child and when I was even younger I just wanted spaghetti with butter and occasionally parmesan. I simply loved those two dishes and it was a great way of being sure I liked what I got. Sometimes I wish I could still do the same; just choosing after what I like and not giving a sh*t how healthy it was (I miss childhood!). Because when I found out how unhealthy carbonara, alfredo and “butter-spaghetti” are I got scared of them and didn’t as much as look at it for years. I would simply skip the pasta section on the menu card. Being a vegetarian, I wouldn’t choose the carbonara today because of the bacon, but nevertheless, I did miss my creamy spaghetti dishes. I’ve been making quite a lot of baked spaghetti lately (my favourite being this incredible mac n’ tease) and thought it was time for alfredo again – an even more delicious version but with loads of vegetables and sans the bad fats and empty carbs.

I am proud to say I succeeded.

Så længe jeg kan huske, har jeg elsket cremede spaghetti retter. Jeg kan huske, jeg altid valgte spaghetti a la carbonara som barn op restauranter og da jeg var enendu mindre var det spaghetti med smør, der var hittet. På den måde var jeg sikker på, jeg altid kunne lide, hvad jeg fik. Smart. Nogen gange savner jeg virkelig at være barn og bare vælge lige præcis, hvad jeg ville have og ikke give sundhedsgraden af retten den mindste tanke. For kort efter fandt jeg ud af, hvor usunde de to retter er. Jeg blev bange for dem, og valgte dem aldrig igen. Heldigvis er jeg ovre det igen og spiser da pasta en gang i mellem. Carbonara bliver det nok ikke til igen forløbig pga. baconen, men cremede pastaretter vil jeg ikke leve uden. Jeg har lavet en del bagt pasta for tiden (især den her lækre mac n’ tease er utrolig), og besluttede, at nu måtte tiden være inde for en fantsatisk lækker cremet spaghettiret – der oven i købet var pakket med grøntsager og helt uden tomme carbohydrater og skidte fedtsyrer.

Jeg er stolt af at kunne sige, missionen lykkedes.

Creamy, cheesy, grain free spaghetti with butternut squash sauce and lightly fried kale. Vegan. | Sprouted Fig Creamy, cheesy, grain free spaghetti with butternut squash sauce and lightly fried kale. Vegan. | Sprouted Fig

I couldn’t believe it when I discovered nutritional yeast some weeks ago. I mean, have you tried it? It’s sorcery. There is no other explanation. Those little flakes from paradise just melt into the most boring substance on earth and instantly makes it so creamy and cheesy not even the best author on earth will ever be able to describe it. Pure magic.

Oh and it’s so so so so so healthy. There’s a reason it’s called nutritional yeast. It contains all the essential amino acids (“protein building blocks”) we need (essential amino acids are those which the body can’t produce itself and therefore has to get through the diet), and a shoit load of B-vitamins, which can be hard for vegetarians and vegans to get – some brands even add the impossible-to-get-for-vegans vitamin B12 to the yeast (source).

Jeg kunne slet ikke forstå det, da jeg for lidt siden opdagede gærflager. Jeg mener, prøv det! Det er magi. Jeg sværger. Man putter de her tørre, grå flager i den kedeligste grøntsagssmat, hvorefter flagerne smelter ud i massen og på bedste trolddomsmaner forvandler det til den lækreste, cremede, ostede sauce i verden. Ren magi.

Og så er det så sundt. Det er ikke for ingenting det hedder nutritional yeast (nærings-gær) på engelsk. For det første indeholder gærflager alle essentielle aminosyrer (”protein-byggesten”, man ikke kan danne selv og derfor skal have gennem kosten) og det er en ideel kilde til B-vitamin (som kan være svært for vegetarer og veganere at få nok af) – nogen mærker tilføjer sågar det meget omdiskuterede og svært-at-få B12 vitamin (kilde).

Creamy, cheesy, grain free spaghetti with butternut squash sauce and lightly fried kale. Vegan. | Sprouted Fig Creamy, cheesy, grain free spaghetti with butternut squash sauce and lightly fried kale. Vegan. | Sprouted Fig

The sauce for this pasta is made from delicious butternut squash (which also happens to be extremely healthy), beans for protein and the nutritional yeast which makes it sooo cheesy. I used bean pasta for this recipe, but really, use any pasta you want.

Saucen er lavet af den skønne butternut squash som ikke bare er lækker men også utrolig sund og bønner for protein. Og så selvfølgelig tryllestøvet gærflager. Jeg brugte bønnepasta til retten, hvilket bare gør den endnu bedre – men du kan sagtens bruge almindelig fuldkornspasta.

Cheesy Vegan Butternut Squash “Alfredo”

Ingredients

    SAUCE
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 cup (240mL) cooked white beans or butter beans (or 1 can, drained)
  • ½ cup (120mL) almond milk
  • ¼ cup (60mL) nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Dash pepper
  • KALE
  • ½ head Tuscan kale (or just kale)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • PASTA
  • 1 package bean pasta (400 grams)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C / 390°F.
  2. Peel the butternut squah and cut it into smaller pieces. Place butternut squah and garlic on a baking sheet with baking paper and add one tbsp. coconut oil. Put in the oven for a couple of minutes for the coconut oil to melt and give it a stir. Bake for 15 minutes (or longer depending on the size of the butternut squash pieces).
  3. Place garlic, butternut squash, beans, almond milk and nutritional yeast in a blender and blend un high until completely creamy. You might have to add a bit more almond milk or water depending on how thick you want the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Boil the spaghetti according to the instructions on the package.
  5. For the kale, melt the coconut oil in a big pan and fry the kale lightly just until it collapses. Add on the spaghetti and sauce and stir thoroughly. Cook for five minutes just until it’s warm.
  6. Serve right away. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
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15 responses to “Cheesy Vegan Butternut Squash “Alfredo””

  1. LOVE the squash and beans! I do an Alfredo with cauliflower that I love! But I love the creaminess of the beans here!

  2. Wow Josefine! I really like the new name, the logo and this recipe. Such beautiful photos too. You can be super proud! xo

  3. Tyler says:

    I made this according to the recipe. Very delicious and refreshing!

  4. This is the most delicious thing in the world! Definitely gonna make it on the weekend, thanks for the recipe :)

  5. Betty says:

    This looks so yummy! I am a vegetarian too and I am also missing creamy spaghetti..so this recipe is definitively for me :D I will try it! Thank you for sharing :)

  6. Train says:

    wow! looks excellent! I’ll definitely have to try this… thanks for the recipe

  7. Aviva says:

    This looks super yummy! Can I ask what brand or exact type of pasta you used? I’ve never seen bean pasta before! Thanks!

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