(nut free, can be vegan and/or gluten free)
One of my favourite local restaurants growing up used to make this amazing pasta dish called Penne Cardinale; it was so good that I would order it every single time I went. Sadly, that restaurant has since closed its doors. I wanted to find a way to honour them and continue to share their legacy and delicious food with others, thus this pasta dish adaptation was born!
Penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, mushrooms, and basil, doused in the creamiest (sans actual cream) pesto sauce. Enough said!
What is nutritional yeast?
It is a yellow powder (the actual yeast cells are killed in manufacturing) that can be added to food to give a cheesy, nutty flavour! In this pasta dish, it does exactly that, but is entirely optional.
How can I make this vegan?
Use dairy free milk (make sure it is unsweetened and plain flavoured!), vegan pesto (one without cheese), and omit the chicken (for more protein, add in some chickpeas or use red lentil or chickpea pasta).
For an easy vegan pesto recipe, check out this homemade Spinach & Basil Pesto recipe!
How can I make this dairy free?
Use dairy free milk (make sure it is unsweetened and plain flavoured!).
How can I make this gluten free?
Use gluten free pasta like brown rice pasta or chickpea/lentil pasta.