A rich toasted walnut sauce, hearty mushrooms, and beautiful red chard come together for simple Italian flavor in this plant-based winter pasta. Gluten-Free chickpea fusilli noodles have healthy vegan protein. Enjoy this satisfying oil-free entrée when you crave satisfying comfort food.
Hearty, Satisfying Gluten-Free Pasta
You’ll love this pasta dish! It is:
- Hearty, satisfying comfort food
- Full of seasonal fall and winter ingredients
- Rich and creamy
- A “Get your Greens” dish
- Gluten-free, Oil-Free, Plant-Based, Vegan
Chef Katie’s Plant-Based Cooking Tips:
No Chickpea Pasta? Gluten-Free Chickpea Fusilli pasta is a healthy way to add extra plant-based protein to your meal. However, you can use any whole grain fusilli pasta for this recipe. Whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and lentil pasta all work well.
Why Fusilli? Fusilli, aka “corkscrew” pasta has lots of nooks and crannies to pick up the bits of chard and hold the creamy walnut sauce. Shells and orecchiette (“little ears”) would also work well. Avoid using spaghetti or capellini as these long, skinny varieties don’t go well with the chunks of mushrooms and chard.
Walnut Sauce? Walnuts add rich, satisfying flavor to this creamy pasta sauce. Instead of using refined oil, walnuts are a whole foods way to add healthy omega-3 fats, fiber, and other nutrition. Plus, they taste delicious!
Pasta Water: One chef’s trick for creating a rich, creamy sauce is to use some of the water from cooking the pasta. Before draining your cooked pasta, reserve some of the water. Use this in your sauce. Use this trick any time you make pasta.
Extra Sauce: Make extra Toasted Walnuts White Bean Sauce and freeze extras. You can use for future pasta dinners, layer with noodles for vegan lasagna, or pour over roasted vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
Gluten-Free Fusilli Winter Pasta with Chard, Mushrooms, and Walnut White Bean Sauce
- Servings: 4
- Ready In: 30 minutes
- Yield: about 12 cups, 4 cups of the sauce
Gluten-Free Winter Fusilli Pasta with Chard, Mushrooms, Walnut Sauce
For the Gluten-Free Fusilli Pasta and Chard
- 3 servings Gluten-Free Chickpea Fusilli pasta (6 ounces)
- 1 (8-ounce) package White Mushrooms quartered
- 1 bunch Red Chard
For the Toasted Walnut White Bean Sauce:
- 1 cup Walnuts (4 ounces)
- 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Salt to taste
- 2 cups of the pasta-cooking liquid
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.
- For the Toasted Walnut Sauce: Place the walnuts in a baking pan and toast in the 350F oven until golden brown, about 7-8 minutes. Remove and let cool.
- While the walnuts toast, prepare the pasta and chard mixture. Heat a wide sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and spread into a single layer. Let them cook until brown, about 8-10 minutes. Stir only once or twice while the mushrooms brown – the more contact they have with the pan, the faster they’ll cook.
- While the mushrooms brown, strip the chard leaves away from the stems. Place the leaves aside, and chop the stems into bite-sized pieces. Once the mushrooms have started to brown, add the chard stems. Saute 2-3 minutes, until the stems have softened. This is a good time to drop the pasta into the boiling water.
- Cook the pasta “al dente”, according to the package directions (usually about 8 to 10 minutes). If the pasta is done before everything else, reserve 2 cups of the boiling water, drain the remaining water, and set aside until everything else is ready.
- While the pasta cooks, finish the chard and mushroom mixture. Add the chard leaves to the pan with the mushrooms. Stir well and sauté until the chard leaves are tender, about 5 minutes.
- To finish the Toasted Walnut Sauce: Transfer the toasted walnuts to a blender. Add the cannellini beans, nutritional yeast, balsamic vinegar, pepper, salt, and 2 cups of the pasta boiling water. Puree until creamy. Taste to adjust seasoning.
- To finish the Fusilli with Winter Pasta with Chard, Mushrooms, and Toasted Walnut Sauce: When the chard is tender, add the cooked pasta and toasted walnut sauce to the pan. Cook over medium heat 2 minutes, stirring well, until everything is combined and steaming hot. Taste to adjust seasoning.
- Serve immediately.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 23 g||35 %|
|Saturated Fat 2 g||10 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 3 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 14 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0 %|
|Sodium 579 mg||24 %|
|Potassium 344 mg||10 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 48 g||16 %|
|Dietary Fiber 16 g||65 %|
|Sugars 7 g|
|Protein 25 g||51 %|
|Vitamin A||66 %|
|Vitamin C||30 %|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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