Vegan pizza-pasta for a comforting, down-home option on Meatless Monday

Categories: Vegetarian

Many plant-based eaters weren't raised that way, and even have fond memories of homemade casseroles -- including the cheesy, sausage-laden baked pasta dishes you'd sample at potlucks. This recipe, adapted from the Post Punk Kitchen, uses cashews and roasted red pepper for a thick, creamy sauce; we added crumbled sausage-spiced seitan for a meatier experience.

See also: Vegan applesauce muffins for a breakfast favorite on Meatless Monday

You will need:

1 red pepper
1 cup cashews
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
2 cups vegetable stock
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon fennel seed
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 pound pasta
1/2 pound sausage-style seitan

1. Soak the cashews in plenty of water for at least two hours before you make the sauce.

2.Roast the red pepper until the skin is blackened and place in a plastic or paper bag. Let it sit and sweat while you work on the rest of the sauce.

3. Peel the garlic.

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