Meatless Monday Recipe — Vodka Pasta Sauce

Jul, 08, 2013

By Fredrica Syren

You don’t have to be vegetarian to eat vegetarian food. By having a meatless Monday each week, you save money, your health and the planet. Reducing consumption of meats is one of the simplest ways to go green because not only does it cut your risk of many preventable diseases, but it also reduces carbon dioxide emissions, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and disruption of natural ecosystems. Sound like a good reasons, right? Meat is also very expensive compared to — let’s say — vegetables, beans, fruits and grains; so your wallet will thank you, too.

This week’s meatless recipe is for my # 1 comfort food, pasta!!!  We eat brown rice pasta in our family since we have someone with gluten intolerance, but quinoa pasta or whole wheat pasta are other options I really like, too. And if you make a creamy pasta sauce to serve with that, well, I’m in heaven. The secret to good sauce is to let it simmer for a bit to develop flavors.

Vodka Sauce for Pasta:

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 yellow onion, chopped very finepasta alla v b

2 garlic cloves, grated

½ cup vodka

1/2 cup tomato puree

1/2 cup cream cheese

1/2 cup almond milk

1 tsp. vegetarian sriracha sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

Grated cheese

1/2 tbsp. dried parsley

1 cup shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced

1 tbsp. olive oil

Salt to taste

In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and butter. Add chopped onion and garlic. Stir and cook for two minutes. Pour in the vodka. Stir and cook for three minutes. Add tomato puree and stir.

Reduce heat to low, and stir in cream cheese, milk and sriracha sauce. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes, being careful not to boil. Stir in salt and pepper. Heat oil in a frying pan and cook mushrooms until browned. Sprinkle with salt. Toss sauce and mushrooms with cooked pasta. Sprinkle with cheese and dried parsley before serving.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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