Vegan Basil Pasta with Soy Free Gluten Free Chorizo Sausage

I was in great debate about posting this blog. This sausage recipe is very delicious and the powers that be, suggested that it needs to be in my new cookbook:  Set the Table with Love, plant based recipes to make you look and feel great. So stay tuned for that recipe. But keep reading the Vegan Basil Pasta is delish!!

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I will share this amazing and easy Vegan Basil Pasta. Here is what making this pasta very special. One of my best friends gave me today this wonderful Kitchenaid food processor. I never had a big professional food processor. I know I cook a lot, but I am so primitive. I do everything on hand. I even make my pasta from scratch with no processor, but I think I am hooked.

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Vegan Basil Pasta with Soy Free Gluten Free Vegan Chorizo Sausage

Thanks Andrea for making my life easier. I love my new food processor.

 Vegan Basil Pasta

Ingredients
1 cups semolina flour

1 3/4 cups organic unbleached pastry flour

1/2 cup basil leaves

1 tbsp olive oil

3/4 – 1 cup room temperature water

Directions:

Place flours and basil in the food processor and pulse to combine.

While the food processor is running, drizzle in the olive oil.  Add the water 1 Tbsp at a time through the spout while the processor is running.
I used almost 1 cup of water. Remove dough from processor and place on a modestly floured clean surface, knead briefly until smooth. Rolling the dough into a ball.  Cut in half. Take one of the halves and  pass through your pasta machine as per its instructions, dusting with semolina flour as needed. Once the dough is thinned out to your preference, you can send it through your fettuccine attachment, dusting your pasta and the pasta machine with semolina flour, so it doesn’t stick .

If you do not have an attachment or a pasta maker, you can roll the dough with a dusted rolling pin with semolina flour. Take a pizza cutter or knife to cut into small strips. Place the strips on a lightly floured surface and dust with more flour, so that pasta will not stick together.

Toppings for the pasta:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup onions, diced

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

sea salt

basil leaves ( for garnish)

Directions:

I sautéed the onions and garlic in a sauce pan. I added it over the pasta, with a few chili peppers, sea salt and basil leaves.

Homemade Flatbread, Roti, Tortilla? Hmm.. You decide

Other day my family wanted to eat cajun flatbread pizza. It is really yummy. It’s basically sautéed onions, cajun sausage, spicy barbecue sauce and sharp cheddar cheese. Unfortunately, we did not have any flat bread. My hubby was about

to go and run out to the store and buy some, when I yelled, Stop!!! As though he was committing a crime. I will make the flatbread from scratch in my Super “Mama” Hero voice. LOL

Very easy! The funny thing is when I posted it on Facebook my friend from India asked me, “Is that Roti.” NO! It is Flat bread. My friend who is spanish asked me, “Is that Tortilla?” NO! It is flatbread. But hey it can be whatever you like.

Here is the recipe. This is a no yeast flatbread.

Enjoy! Remember to Set the Table with Love.

Italian Herb infused Flat bread

  • 1 3/4 cup  organic all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 cloves, crushed garlic, Finely crushed
  • 1/2 tbsp Italian herb blend ( I used a blend with a grinder, to get bigger chunks of herbs) optional
  • 1/2 cup hot water

See those bubbles.

Preparation:

Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder to a mixing bowl. Add the shortening and garlic, and work into the flour with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.Pour in the hot water and stir with a fork to combine. Pour mixture on a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands for about 3 minutes to form a smooth, soft dough. * Tip ~ If the flour get’s sticky add more flour to the dough, just a little at a time, until it is not sticky anymore. Put it back into the bowl, cover with a towel and let rest 20 minutes.Divide the dough into 6 balls, and roll between your palms of our hand until you have a soft smooth ball. With a rolling pin, roll out each ball of dough into a thin circle about 1/8-inch thick.

Preheat a dry cast iron or non-stick pan over medium-high heat.  Place the flatbread in the hot pan and cook for one minute, or until small air bubbles appear. Flip over and cook for another minute. Flip again for about another minute. During this last flip you will notice the bread puffing up,  this is what you want to see. You also want small charred spots to form on the bread as well.

Remove immediately from the hot pan onto a platter. You are ready to enjoy your flatbread, roti, tortilla? But never the less, Enjoy. They can be kept warm in the oven if you are not serving them all at once.

On this flat bread I added some olive oil, butter lettuce, walnuts and shaved parmiagiana reggiano and cracked black pepper and a dash of salt.  Of course my men folk added the spicy cajun ingredients. I also use this recipe to make wraps and tacos.