Spicy Tomato Alfredo Pasta {Tex-Mex Style}

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I do not know if you are a little sugar-ladened with all the sweets being posted as ideas for Valentine’s Day but I thought it was time to post a meal idea for those staying home for Valentine’s Day.

Lindsay over at Cook.Vegan.Lover posted a great contest challenging her readers to come up with a special dish in either the appetizer, entree, or dessert category. Not only were we to come up with an idea, but it had to be Fiery and Vegan! Fiery? I thought of  the word spicy, so I quickly had to come up with something.

Well I sure did wait to the last minute because tonight is the deadline! What is a girl with a day job have to do to get things done around here?? Do not answer that. he he he.

Ryan mentioned to me last night that it had been quite a while since we have had Mexican fare, so after he said that an idea came to mind. All I kept on thinking were nachos, which was not a logical Valentine’s dinner but then I kept on thinking about the fake cheesey Velveeta I used to eat as a younger adult.

Did I use to eat that stuff? Yes. I know there are still many that eat that now but if you look at the ingredients, you will realize that there is a lot of fake stuff in that. Anyway, we would eat it on Sunday evenings over nachos. Why the heck did this come to mind? Why was I craving this cheesy crap?


I created a creamy tomato alfredo with a hint of cheeziness that quickly became like Mexican queso but more in a pasta sauce form. I normally added a can of Ro*tel to the Velveeta along with some green chilis so this is exactly what I did with the sauce. I blended up cashews and coconut milk to make the alfredo base and then added spices.

Do not be afraid of the spice factor. I do note how you can decrease the spice for those with sensitive palates but for those who still want to enjoy a Tex-Mex dish. How about stirring up the heat on the dinner table?  {Get your heads out of the gutter} I meant, how about make each other’s noses run as you enjoy this delicious dish?

I really like brown pasta but if you or your loved one is like my Ryan, you can always substitute for a different non-gluten-free pasta. Make sure to add a big green salad to this dish. I also add 2 options for more protein to this dish but if you want simple, here you have it.  Thanks Lindsay for a great contest!

Please go and vote for my recipe at Lindsay’s site Cook.Vegan.Lover  Thanks!


Spicy Tomato Alfredo Pasta {Tex-Mex Style}

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serves 4-6

Tomato Alfredo sauce
1 cup raw cashews
¾ cup So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk, or non-dairy milk
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes (about 6 pieces)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
½ cup nutritional yeast
3 garlic cloves
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons miso paste
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper*
2 teaspoons Ancho chili powder, or regular chili powder*

Additional Ingredients12 ounces Lundberg brown rice penne pasta, or other pasta
½ cup cilantro, chopped
4 ounce can green chilis, chopped
12 ounces Ro*tel Original Tomatoes
1 10-ounce can blackbeans (optional)

*This amount of spice was spicy but bearable. This is perfect for those who like spicy! If you want a medium spice, then reduce the cayenne pepper to ⅛ or ¼ teaspoon.

Cook pasta according to packaged directions. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce.

Add all the sauce ingredients to a high-powered blender (Vitamix or Blendtec) and blend until all the ingredients are blended and smooth.

Drain pasta, placing the pasta back in the pot . Add the sauce, the green chilis, the can of Ro*tel and cilantro. Heat on low until the sauce has heated properly so that this will prevent from pasta sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Enjoy with a big green salad.


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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09449168674433482823 Nelly

    yummo!!!! i’m drooling!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10953934856050968428 Vegiegail

    I’m salivating over here!

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  • http://www.thechefdoc.com/ The Chef Doc

    Oh my, oh my. I approve :-) This looks delicious! I hope you’re feeling better!!!!

  • http://natureinsider.com/ Nadia

    The sauce for the pasta looks absolutely delicious! Will try it very soon :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03060920122127099172 Abby Bean

    This looks incredible; what a great idea. I think almost everything should be covered in jalapenos & will definitely be doubling (possibly tripling) the spice!

  • http://vegangoodthings.blogspot.com/ Leinana

    This looks delicious! I love spicy food & will definitely try this soon!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00361442891218676216 Emily Malloy

    At present, you have me so hungry!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15820580955484678416 Roxan

    This sounds so delicious! I love the surprise ingredient of miso paste that you used.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08873080530639686787 HiHoRosie

    ooh, yum yum! I can’t wait to try this sometime. Off to vote. 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16932360983765353619 Kelly

    Nice job, Noelle! I could easily devour an entire plate of that–no salad needed! Really looks good and is going to the “faves” tab!

  • http://www.spicytasty.com/featured/veggie-pizza/ Nithu

    Pasta looks creamy and yummy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11751332126011127621 Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I don’t normally like creaemy entrees, but this looks insanely good. Reminds me of an old Vegan Yum Yum recipe for creamy cappellini.

    I used to love Ro-Tel dip too!

    It’s a good thing you’re a spice-lover, cuz that means you’ll love something that’s coming your way in our bloggie swap… 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01912320960118608950 Tanya

    Oh man, that looks so good! If I hadn’t already eaten…..maybe it would make this dumb cold-like thing I have go away.

  • http://withoutadornment.wordpress.com/ withoutadornment

    I LOVE that this is gluten free and vegan! I have definitely bookmarked this to try at some point. Yum.

    I have a silly question: what is the difference between normal yeast and nutritional yeast? I’ve seen it used a lot in vegan recipes but I’m not quite sure what its purpose is.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14931655252669657843 Kelsey

    bookmarking and DEFINITELY trying! yum :) way to be creative

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10189065528276730871 Kelsey

    chile powder was a little strong, not spicy, just strong, so I added a tiny bit of milk to even it out. I really enjoyed this, it was so quick! Took me the time it took the noodles to boil and voila!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17579815484543487415 Noelle

    @Kelsey-Hi there! Sorry that it was too spicy. Maybe my asterisk was overlooked. At the time I could do that much spice but I know now I would not be able to do do that much. I am so glad you enjoyed anyway after adding more milk!

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    This looks delicious! I love spicy food & will definitely try this soon! Your recipes make me so happy! And I love to read the stories behind them.