Monday, April 10, 2006

Vegan Baked Ziti, garlic rolls and garlic-lemon turnip raab


Tonight's dinner consisted of garlic rolls, a sauteed turnip raab dish and baked ziti - all vegan, all lovely.
For the garlic rolls, I used premade Trader Joe's pizza dough, rolled out and spread with earth balance and crushed garlic - I rolled em, sliced em and topped with more of the filling goodness and a good few shakes of oregano. They were baked at 400 for 15-20 minutes.
Turnip raab - sauteed in olive oil, a lot of garlic and a few crushed red pepper flakes, with julienned sundried tomato strips, sliced almonds, lemon juice & braggs. Still a tad bitter, but still a fine side dish.
For the faux ricotta - use a silken tofu~ I use Mori-Nu extra firm silken.
Faux cheese ready to be used.. my lasagna/cheese filling recipe has been altered from this recipe I picked up last fall on vegweb.com.

Plus the extra treat of FYH mozzerella:
Yeah this is just pasta and tomato sauce - but I tell you, it's the best pasta sauce I've ever made!! It's a cremini mushroom herb sauce with a bit of sundried tomato - just sweet enough to be so good I passed on the baked ziti and ate this for dinner. I need to make this again asap.
Right before baking..layers of sauce/ziti/"cheese"/sauce/ziti/veggies/sauce , and so on..
The veggie part consisted of roasted balsmic/braggs/garlic tofu, red pepper, green pepper & cremini mushrooms. I cooked it for 25 minutes, covered in foil, then removed the foil and cooked for an additional 15 minutes - all at 425, broil if need be at the end.
Hot out of the oven..Vegan baked pasta dishes were one of the first times I got right as an aspiring cook, and really, they're not difficult at all - so try them and enjoy! My Italian roots are most recently from Brooklyn, tracing back on one side to Sicily, and the other to an unknown area in Italy which traces farther back to Malta. To note, I've been to Italy & down to Sicily, yet I was sick and couldn't eat, what a shame. Bruschetta was enjoyed in Rome, and that was it.


23 comments:

Anna said...

My almost 3 year old is sitting on my lap as I read blogs and when we got to the photo of your Baked Ziti he pointed and said 'mum mum' which is his version of yumm yumm! lol That boy likes his pasta!

Looks great!

primaryconsumer said...

Oh my god! Incredible! I used to love garlic knots, and I had forgotten all about them, so thank you so much. Everything else looks really good too!

Chris said...

Looks D-licious! Especially the garlic rolls. I'll definitely have to try that some time.

Webly said...

oh how I love garlic rolls! Pesto rolls are fantastic as well!

Harmonia said...

OMG! These are some of my fave pics to date! I also commented on the comments you just left on my blog!

:)

I hope to post MwM today...if not bright and early tomorrow!

Ferocious Killer Kat said...

Yum!! Amazing!!

KleoPatra said...

HELLO YUMMY ZITI! And GARLIC!!!!!!!!!

Vegan cheez that melts - love that stuff!

Wow, nice photo collage of what was probably unbelievably delicious!!!

Your blog is so fab... thanks for sharing.

Nancy said...

Everything looks wonderful - it looks like you had the perfect combination of ingredients in that pasta. I'm starving!

Grace said...

garlic rolls and paste *drools*. Oh no, I'm hungry again!

Grace said...

edit--I meant pasta, not paste!

Vicki said...

WoW, Jess, I want to be eating at your house.

sarchan said...

everything looks amazing!

vegancore said...

All of that looks amazing! I really need to make those garlic knots sometime.

I'm Italian as well, for the most part, but unfortunately I don't know anything about my ancestry. Learning more about it has been on my to do list for a very long time.

Amy said...

Looks awesome as usual! I love FYH "cheese" and I love pasta and tomato sauce. I think I'll have to make my own variation of this dish. Thanks for the inspiration.

KaiVegan said...

Lovely, indeed!
If we are in the Portland area, can we stop by for dinner?
Oh, that's the kind of cheese that Zurielle would sneak out from the fridge and bite from the whole block! Yes, I actually found one downstairs with the toys!
But your food is always amazing!

creative kismet said...

mmmmmm. Everything looks so yummy! Those garlic rolls !!!! mmmmmmm!

Maria said...

The garlic bread looks yummy and I might attempt it. I put my cookbook in my bag to copy for you.

Random side note - I saw Death Cab and Franz Ferdinand tonight. Sadly, Franz was baaaad.

Random side note # 2 - sometimes the blogger word verifications are too hard to read and it takes me multiple attempts to post things.

Amy O'Neill Houck said...

Mmmm... garlic rolls, everything looks amazing!

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Nicol said...

I am eating regular ziti right now and getting that heavy feeling you get after eating meat. I am eating it with alfalfa sprouts to put some live food in my stomach. I just did a Google search for vegan ziti and found your site. It looks great.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Thanks, Nicol!

pedro velasquez said...

I recognize that it is not hearty pasta bake season. bet basketball And yet still, somehow, I have made this bubbling casserole twice in a week (and I'm eating some leftover right now at 8:45 AM on June 26th - I'm pregnant and looking at food photos, okay?) It is just such a simple crowd pleaser. sportsbook And this past weekend, out in the desert to visit Paul's family there was a crowd to be pleased. With new babies (the niece, this one's not due til September) to be snuggled and stories to be shared and many, march madness many back issues of food magazines to be read, I did not want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. So, I came with my giant tub of cashew ricotta and my jar of sauce and my bag of pasta, and all that was left was for Paul, despite the fact that we were there to celebrate father's day, to assemble it.
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