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

Categories: Meatless Monday

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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

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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

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

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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.

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3. Peel the garlic.

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