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Ravishing Ribbon Pasta

Pasta is one of my big gastronomic weaknesses, and this is a delicious, easy and relatively healthy vegan dish, for those of you who love it as much as I do! Full of flavour, filling and and simple to cook. You can use any kind of ribbon pasta: I usually use fettucine, but pappardelle also works well in this recipe , where it is combined with asparagus, cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. Sometimes, when I think of how much I love  this Italian staple, I remember this joke:

Q: What made the Tower of Pisa lean?

A: It stopped eating pasta!

Well, I know it is high in calories, but at least this recipe is not one with a creamy sauce, so it's not that bad!!!

Ingredients (Serves 4 )

1 lb/500 g asparagus, trimmed

1 lb/500 g fettuccine or pappardelle

2-3 sprigs of rosemary

2 tbsp vegan margarine

1 small onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

Small ½ cup/100 ml dry white wine

⅔ cup/150 g sun-dried tomatoes in oil, sliced into strips

7 oz/200 g vegan cheese, mozzarella-style, crumbled or shredded

Salt and pepper to taste


1) Slice off the asparagus tips and thinly slice the stems across the diagonal.

2) Cook the pasta in boiling salted water according to the packet instructions, adding the rosemary sprigs to the water. Add the asparagus pieces 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Drain and keep warm.

3) Heat the vegan spread in a deep skillet; add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent. Add the wine and simmer, stirring to loosen browned bits from the skillet, for 2 minutes.

4) Add the drained pasta and toss to combine. Add the tomatoes and cheese and warm through briefly. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Enjoy, let me know what you think! Your votes and comments are much appreciated.


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  1. kristo
    voted! this sounds so tasty and rich from the wine and sun dried tomatoes :)
  2. Veganara
    It is, thanks Kristo!
  3. Carolyn
    Great recipe! You are also getting tomatoes, garlic and onions that are very good for you too! Vote #3! Sorry, I've been out of pocket for the weekend. Woke up at 4 a.m. to post an article then went back to bed.
  4. SnakeWitch
    This sounds like my kind of pasta. And by the way, if you use whole wheat or spelt pasta, or any other kind of whole grain, it's much less fatening, and it adds to the flavour. I look forward to trying this recipe, although I already cook similar forms of pasta! This one is different because the asparagus is sliced differently to by cooked with the pasta, and I don't usually put asparagus with pasta, either. It will be a yummy twist!
  5. Anita Vegana
    This is a nice recipe and I can't wait to try it. I've never cooked with sun dried tomatoes myself, so I will give it a try. Come read my article, How to Meet Vegans, and vote if you like it.
    1. Veganara
      Thanks Anita. Sun-dried tomatoes have more depth of flavour and richness than ordinary tomatoes don't (not that I am knocking those either!) , which is why they give this dish a lot of flavour. I am heading over to look at your article now.
  6. Akanksha
    I love pasta..I make it at home from wheat flour and that makes it healthier :)
    1. Akanksha
      All the best!
  7. Roopam
    Sounds great...I love asparagus...voted!
  8. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    I loooove pasta too! Sounds like a great recipe. Voted :) Check out my soft taco post.
    1. Veganara
      Thanks VH! When you voted, did the number change? Because it doesn't seem to have stuck, it is still at 9. I would be very grateful if you wouldn't mind again. I have noticed this glitsch on occasion with TFV. I am heading over to look at yours now, it sounds like just my thing!
  9. Carolyn
    Veganara, I voted and commented on your article several days ago. I notice that you are up to 9 votes. I decided to try adding another comment today to see if a comment might revive the article. We will see if it helps tonight! Good luck!
    1. Veganara
      Thanks Carolyn! I think it should be 10 votes for this one actually, one of them doesn't seem to have registered! That happens sometimes with TFV, you have probably noticed. So if anyone from TFV crew is reading this, please bear that in mind!!
  10. VeganGeorgiaBelle
    Okay,I showed this to my meat eating dad. He says it looks great and would go vegan if he knew he could eat like that everyday. Guess who's getting this meal for lunch tomorrow???? lol. I love it. Voted for ya.
    1. Veganara
      Thanks a lot VeganGeorgiaBelle! Yes, I think your dad will enjoy this, it is a rich-tasting pasta dish, you don't miss the meat. I always think that is the most positive and effective way to influence omnivores, to give them really tasty vegan food. When they realise that their taste-buds don't have to suffer, they are much more likely to consider going vegan!


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