- 12 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
- 6 tablespoons prepared garlic and herb-flavored vegan goat cheese*
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
- 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
- 2/3 cup vegan chicken broth (such as Imagine)
Note: keep in mind that the thin strands of angel hair (also called capellini) cook much quicker than other pasta shapes - in only about 3 to 4 minutes - so be sure not to overcook.
2. Add the prepared goat cheese, basil, salt, and black pepper to the pasta. Stir to combine; the goat cheese mixture will melt into the noodles. It's helpful to distribute the 6 tablespoons evenly about the noodles, so that they disperse as evenly as possible.
3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes; cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the broth and cook for a final minute.
4. Add the tomato mixture to the pasta mixture, and toss to combine. I liked adding extra sprigs of basil to each serving as a garnish.
*To prepare the goat cheese, combine 3 ounces crumbled vegan feta (such as Veg Cuisine), 2 tablespoons chive and garlic-flavored vegan cream cheese, 1 tablespoon vegan sour cream, and a splash of lemon juice; mix with a fork until blended. Use 6 tablespoons for this recipe, and save the remaining goat cheese for another use (it's delicious over bagels or English muffins as a creamy spread).
4 servings (about 1 and 1/2 cups), Calories 372
Delicious pockets of the herbed goat cheese, and a nice coating of the broth on the pasta, but aside from that, the dish was surprisingly blander than I expected. I would add a bit more olive oil, or broth - or both - since the pasta was also a touch dry, and an extra pinch of salt. Still, super-fresh basil and tomatoes, and my only other recommendation is to use more of both. There's definite potential here, and still a very nice summer supper.
Since I also had a batch of organic grape tomatoes, I made this one more time. As you can see, the two versions are nearly identical:
Except for the oblong shape of the grape tomatoes.