Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pasta in Fresh Basil Green Sauce

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Avocado "cream" sauce is not a new concept to vegan cuisine. I bet somewhere hidden in a deep cave waiting out the millenniums are paintings of vegan stick men eating avocado cream sauce. I've seen Green Sauce used to substitute Alfredo sauce or in potato salad but I kinda like to think of Green Sauce as being it's own thing. It's an cruelty-free living institution... at least in my mind. Sharing this recipe with you all is kinda a big deal for me to be honest. It would be like The Colonel (or whatever robot they have at YUM! brands now) posting the secret list of 11 herbs and spices they have squirreled away in Louisville. But yesterday I had a friend tell me he's been vegan for 20 years because of my help and if sharing these things helps people go or stay vegan - I can do that. I love animals.

I can't remember the first time I had what I call Green Sauce but I do remember in like the 90s* having it at a restaurant once where it was called 'Faux Moray 'and thinking "Green Sauce is freaking amazing stuff. What can't Green Sauce do?" I mean in a world where everything just seems to be harder than it should be, here is this totally vegan sauce that is super easy to make and is so delicious it'll make you do this when you eat it.

This video was such a hit at Ol' Fort Shannon. We make this noise sometimes while we eat and then giggle like kids. Kittens are cute.

We tossed some Torfurky Italian sausage in the oil to give it a bit more flavor and because it's delicious.

Pasta in Fresh Basil Green Sauce
  • 1 Package Whole Wheat Angel Hair
  • 1 Package Torfurky Italian Sausage (sliced into coins) 
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes 
  • 1/3 Cup Raw Spinach Leaves (torn into big pieces) 
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Kale (chopped into big pieces)
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Basil (keep a few extra leaves to toss on top)
  • 2 Ripe Avocados
  • 2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • Pinch of Turmeric
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Can Garbanzo Beans
  • 1/4 Cup Peas (cooked - defrosted or canned works too)
  • 2 teaspoons Braggs
  • 1/3 Cup White Wine
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Make Whole Wheat Pasta per instructions on the box. While that is cooking make the sauce.

In your BFF cast iron skillet, heat Olive Oil on a medium heat. Once the Oil is hot, brown your Tofurky Sausage slices until they have crispy edges. Turn down the heat to a low simmer. Toss in Red Pepper Flakes, Kale and Spinach and cook on a low heat. Once the Spinach becomes tender, remove from heat.

While your Sausage is cooking, put Basil, Avocado, Nutritional Yeast, Onion Powder, Turmeric, Garlic, Beans, Peas, Braggs and White Wine in your food processor and blend until smooth.

Toss your pasta in your skillet with the Sausage and Vegetables. Toss your Pasta a few times so it gets an even coating of Oil and everything gets mixed in. Then toss the Pasta in a large mixing bowl and then toss in the Avocado Mix. Once everything is blended, toss some extra Basil on top and you're ready to eat!

I recommend getting some bread so you can clean your plate and get all the sauce... or else you end up licking your plate like a savage. Which can be fun too.

* Green Sauce is like Garth Brooks somehow - I just don't know how right now but it worked for me this morning. Green Sauce makes "us all believers".


  1. Hey, I just found your blog and I've been having a lovely time looking through your recipes! This one looks gorgeous - I have yet to try the whole avocado-in-pasta-sauce thing, it's on my to-do list!

  2. Would this yummy looking sauce work with a cold pasta salad, say with tomatoes, sundried tomatoes and olives?

  3. I think it would be amazing in a potato or pasta salad! I love that idea!

    Sorry it has taken me so long to respond.

  4. I love that you incorporated all of those green in the avocado sauce. It sounds so delicious and nutritious - my fave combo. :)

  5. Amazing! Can hardly wait to try! Just curious -- if you have leftovers, does the sauce stay green? (I'm thinking of the avocado.) Thanks!!

  6. Unfortunately it doesn't stay that vivid green longer than a few hours. I think the White wine helps a little but not really enough.

  7. Green sauce adds taste to the dish. You can incorporate other ingredients as well.