Fall is here technically, but doesn't feel like it in the Pacific Northwest. What feels like an extended summer during the day, the cooler evening nights ignite a craving for something hearty. This easy one-pot pasta is the perfect meal to make after a busy work day. Made in under 30 minutes, one pot, no mess.
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One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta
Total Time: 20-30 minutes
1 16 oz package of pasta
2 cans of pumpkin** See Notes
5 cups of vegetable broth ** See Notes
1/2 cup white wine (dry works well like sauvignon blanc)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp nutmeg
pinch of cinnamon
2-4 oz dairy free cream cheese
In a pot, begin by sautéing the onion and garlic in olive oil for several minutes or until translucent. Stir in the spices and mix for one minute. Next, add the white wine, mix well, and let it cook down for 1-2 minutes. Add the 5 cups of broth, 1.5 cans of pumpkin, mix well, and then add in the pasta.
Bring liquid to a boil, but then reduce to a simmer. Let this cook until the pasta is edible. Once edible, remove from heat and adjust spices if necessary. Add the cream cheese and mix until well combined. From here, if you want a richer/deeper pumpkin flavor, add in the additional pumpkin puree. Pasta will thicken upon cooling and the flavors really settle once cooled or even as leftovers.
**Note: When cooking an entire bag of pasta, there needs to be enough liquid. I recommend starting with 5 cups of broth, and add more if needed. Adding more adds a more vegetable flavor. I also recommend starting with 1.5 cans of pumpkin. Adding the entire 2 cans does give this a very strong pumpkin flavor. Again I recommend 1.5 cans of pumpkin to start and then add additional puree at the end if needed.
Does this spring have you cold and needing to warm up? The weather thus far has been far from feeling like spring, but know there are ways to nourish the body with warmth without feeling heavy and weighed down from thick/heavy food.
This homemade tomato soup is a perfect addition to your recipe box for a lighter and healthier soup.
Homemade Dairy Free Tomato Soup
Total Time: 20-30 minutes
1-2 tsbp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 28 oz can San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes
3 cups vegetable broth
1 tbsp tomato paste
1-2 tsp sugar
2-3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/3 cup nondairy cream or coconut milk (can start w/ 1/4 cup and add more if necessary)
In a soup pot saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil for several minutes. Once translucent, add the spices, mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Next, add the tomato paste, tomatoes, broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add the sweetener. Simmer for 15-18 minutes until the tomatoes can easily be sliced with a spoon.
Remove from heat and pour the soup into a blender and puree well with the cream of choice. If using a hand immersion blender, add in the cream and blend until pureed. Top with basil and serve warm!
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I found this beautiful mid century Scandinavian woven tablecloth and it reminded me of summer. Summer will be here soon and ironically, I had a bag of hand-picked blueberries that I picked last summer from a local blueberry forest / farm.
Although I am posting this in the spring, I decided to mix the best of summer and winter together by concocting an all-spiced blueberry crisp. Whipped coconut cream is an excellent addition to any fruit crisp!
I make my crisps a bit more on the healthier side, so if you like it sweeter, adjust the sweetener ratio.
"Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are true super foods. Naturally sweet and juicy, berries are low in sugar and high in nutrients - they are among the best
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com