Whole Grain Penne with Braised Kale and Cashew Alfredo2016-10-21
Ground cashews substitute for cream in this version of alfredo sauce. Use it as a lighter choice or swap out the Parmesan for nutritional yeast for an entirely vegan sauce. For additional protein, use Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta.
Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.
In a high-speed blender, puree the cashews, garlic, and water. Season with salt and white pepper. Set aside.
In a large pot, braise the kale and mushrooms until just tender. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
For each serving, to order: Reheat about 1 cup pasta in simmering water. Drain and add it to a pan with 1/4 cup cashew sauce and about 1/4 cup braised vegetables. If using nutritional yeast, mix in 1 Tbsp now. If using cheese, plate the pasta and garnish with 1 Tbsp Parmesan and some basil.
- 3 lb. Barilla Whole Grain Penne
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 6 cups chopped kale
- 3 cups sliced button mushrooms
- 3 cups roasted salted cashews
- 3 cups water
- 3 Tbsp chopped garlic
- Salt and white pepper
- 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
- 3 bunches fresh basil, julienned