Rigatoni with Blistered Tomatoes and Basil


I almost feel guilty sharing this recipe.

On the one hand, it is insanely yummy. I think I’ve eaten it at least once a week for the past month. On the other hand, it is shamefully easy to make. I can barely call it a recipe, it’s that simple.

But then, I remembered what this blog is all about. Insanely easy, affordable, and delicious vegan food. This recipe happily checks off all those boxes! And you’re going to fall in love with it, I promise.

This recipe comes together in about ten minutes. Normally, I prefer my tomatoes as a sauce that I can drown my pasta in. I tend to find pasta with only pieces of tomato as rather dry and boring. However, I discovered that blistering the cherry tomatoes brings all the juices to the surface, so that each little guy becomes a sauce bomb. Seriously, it’s so good.

This dish is light and refreshing, the perfect thing for cleansing your palette before all of the heavy dinners coming your way this holiday season. However, if you tend to eat three servings of pasta at once (like me), then it becomes less light. But hey, you do you.

Rigatoni with Blistered Tomatoes and Basil

You’ll need:

  • One package of rigatoni
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • One bunch fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1. Boil your rigatoni.
2. In a separate skillet, toss the cherry tomatoes with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cover and let saute until the tomatoes are soft and the skin is blistered. Remove from heat and sprinkle with the chopped garlic.
3. Chop the basil.
4. In a bowl, top the rigatoni with tomatoes and basil. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and some salt and pepper.

Seriously, that’s it. And it is so, so good. It might be my new favorite way to eat pasta, and I hope it becomes yours, too.

Happy November, everyone!


Mushroom Stroganoff

Here in London, it’s starting to get a little chilly. The sky is cloudy, the wind is brisk, and the leaves are just turning red at the edges. This weather is a far cry from the hundred-degree heat of my desert hometown, and it’s got me in the mood for autumnal food. Since I figure it’s probably still too early to break out the pumpkin muffins and gingerbread, I decided to make something that is fitting for any season, while still having those warm notes of fall.

Time to get excited, ’cause we’re making stroganoff.

Seriously, how good is stroganoff? It’s comforting, savory, and just a little spicy. And you get to eat noodles! Nothing warms up a brisk evening like a big plate of stroganoff. Red wine provides the depth of flavor normally found in beef, and varying the cuts of the mushrooms brings fun texture to the sauce.

Now, I know that this recipe has a soy substitute. I try very hard to make sure that my recipes don’t use substitutes, but in this case, I just couldn’t think of anything else that would provide the creaminess the sauce needed. There are so many wonderful soy-based creams out there; I promise you won’t be able to taste the difference. Plus, if you have always felt a little hesitant about trying vegan alternatives, soy cream is the best way to test the water. Be adventurous!

Mushroom Stroganoff

  • 16 oz. portobello mushrooms, some sliced, some chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  •  1/4 cup red wine
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (or 3 cups water and a veggie bouillon cube)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 16 oz noodles
  • 3/4 cup soy cream
  1. Saute the mushrooms and onions with the red wine until soft. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2.  Put the noodles on to boil. If you fill the pot with hot water first, it helps to cut down on boiling time.
  3. Meanwhile, in a smaller pot, bring the broth to boil (or the water and cube). Whisk in the flour until thickened.
  4. Stir the thickened broth into the pan with the mushrooms and onions, then stir in the cream. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  5. Drain the noodles. Pile noodles and sauce on your plate, and top with paprika and parsley if you’re feeling feisty.

And you’re done! Talk about easy. This a deeply satisfying meal that comes together in a snap; perfect for weeknight cooking. Pair with the rest of that red wine, and you are set! Have a wonderful weekend, friends.