Jan 8, 2014

Baked pasta with creamy spinach and Brussels sprouts

To be honest, since the last summer, I had only bought and cooked frozen Brussels sprouts. This is why I wasn't really into them. They seemed soggy and kinda gross. But when my lovely mother-in-law brought me fresh Brussels sprouts, I roasted them on a pan and cooked a nice rice dish. I fell in love with them! Now I buy the sprouts myself and I was really craving for a creamy, hearty and green pasta dish. My old favorite, sunflower seed cream, makes the dish creamy and gives a nice "eggy" texture. A great main dish to delight your belly and taste buds.



serves 4 - 6 people

Preparation time: 50 minutes.

Sunflower seed cream:

  • 1 cup / 150 g peeled sunflower seeds
  • ½ - 1 tsp salt
  • 3-4 Tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ cups / 350 ml water

Soak the sunflower seeds 3-4 hours or overnight. You can also boil them for 15 minutes if you are in a hurry. Drain and rinse the soaked or boiled sunflower seeds and add them into a bigger bowl. Add salt, soy sauce and water. Blend with a (hand)blender until smooth.




Pasta:

  • 14 oz / 400 g quality pasta (fusilli for example)
  • 2-3 Tbsp oil
  • 3 cups / 300 g fresh Brussels sprouts, washed and cut into 4 sectors
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 14 oz / 400 g frozen spinach

Preheat the oven to 400 F / 200 C. Boil the pasta al dente. In the meantime, heat up a bigger pan and add some oil to it. Add Brussels sprouts, some salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the sprouts are slightly golden brown. Add water and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Add frozen spinach and simmer for 1 minute. Add the sunflower seed cream, stir and simmer for a minute. Grease a deeper baking pan and pour pasta into the pan. Cook for 35 minutes at 400 F / 200 C. Serve right away.






22 comments:

  1. OMG Sandra that looks so delicious! Can't wait to try it. :))

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  2. Thanks so much, David!! :) It really was delish.

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  3. I'll be making this for dinner this weekend and to take for unch during the week. I've become completely obsessed with Brussels sprouts! They are also amazing tossed in maple syrup and/or basamic vinegar, and roasted in the oven.

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  4. This is so great! I hope you love the dish as much as I did. I've become a fan of the sprouts too, they are delish! And I have to try roasting them in the oven.

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  5. stefaniegrantcasselJanuary 10, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    This looks so simple and delicious! So much green!

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  6. Thanks, Stefanie! It was really tasty!

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  7. I'm a fan of spinach - will definitely try this! :)

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    1. Ah yes, isn't spinach just amazing? Really hope you like the recipe, let me know how it turned out! :)

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  8. This looks incredible! Can't wait to try it - never would have thought to use sunflower seeds in a pasta dish. I just discovered your blog tonight; I look forward to trying your recipes!

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    1. Thanks so much, Raeleen! You are so welcome here :) And you can create miracles with sunflower seeds!

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    2. Thanks for the reply Sandra! :) I just made this tonight for myself and my mom; she isn't a vegan but she loved it too! It's delicious!

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    3. That is so great, Raeleen!! :)

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    4. Hey Sandra! I wanted to mention that I used the sunflower seed sauce from this recipe and blended it up with cooked Brussels sprouts and spinach to use as the "cheese" layer in a vegan lasagna this weekend. It was great as that too! I'll be using this as a base for so many things now!

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    5. Yum, this sounds amazing!!

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    6. PS! I have also used this sauce on a pizza. Suits really, really well. Just pour some sauce on the pizza before putting it to the oven.

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  9. Can you eat any leftovers later?
    or it's gonna go bad after a few hours in a fridge or something?

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    1. Leftovers of this dish will be definitely good to eat!

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  10. Where do you get peeled sunflower seeds? I've seen raw. And I've seen roasted. But never peeled. This looks like it would be a good dish for Thanksgiving if I can find the right seeds.

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    1. I actually think that raw sunflower seeds without shells are basically peeled sunflower seeds. So just go for the raw ones :)

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  11. I added thinly sliced leeks and roasted red pepper for color. My family started eating it before it went in the oven! Yum!

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  12. You don't know it, but you've been feeding me a lot over the last few weeks. This is another winner! So glad I found your blog.

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  13. These are absolutely wonderful news, dear Natalie! I am so glad you like the recipes!

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