Italian Feast: Roasted Garlic & Tomato Basil Pasta with Moussaka Pizza and Cheesesticks

Published April 10, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

So I went all out for this Italian themed Sunday feast. I had picked up a medium and large dough ball from my local pizzeria on the way home from work Friday, and I really wanted a roasted garlic sauce to go with some fresh tomatoes and basil. I totally winged this sauce and I thought it came out pretty awesome. I ended up making pizza sauce by using up some leftover tomato paste and adding some Italian spices, salt & pepper, and veggie stock to thin it out. This doubled as the dipping sauce for the cheesesticks. I got to use up some of the leftover [Veganomicon] moussaka I made earlier in the week by dismantling it and using it as an amazing pizza topping. I couldn’t believe how great that combination came out on the pizza. Somehow I managed to get everything done and still hot, so that was nice too!

Roasted Garlic & Tomato Basil Pasta

8 oz desired pasta shape, cooked according to box instructions (I used farfalle)

1/2 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
2 small to medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
10 cloves of garlic
1 large shallot, sliced thinly
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
pinch of Italian seasoning (I use and Italian blend grinder that has salt & pepper too)
Salt & Pepper (but I still used a little extra sea salt & fresh ground pepper)
Olive oil for misting

1/2 c. vegan parm
1 tbsp. vegan mozzarella/Daiya Italian shreds (it was what i had left after the pizza making ; )
about 8 big basil leaves, sliced into chiffonade (see note below!)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400*F. Lightly mist an 8×8 baking dish with olive oil.

2. Combine tomatoes, garlic, shallots, balsamic, and seasonings in prepared pan and spray lightly with olive oil. Bake for 30-35 minutes. (I baked in the toaster oven because I had the big oven going with the pizzas, so I covered it with foil (to keep from burning) for the first 20 minutes, and then uncovered for 15 minutes.)

3. Toss with freshly drained pasta, add vegan parm, mozzarella, and basil. (NOTE: to chiffonade basil take the leaves and pile them on top of each other. Roll them up and slice thinly. Presto. You look fancy. This was my first time doing it!)

Serve with a little extra basil on top for garnish, and enjoy!

(sorry for the blurry pic!)

Lots of yumminess ready for roasting.

Getting those lovely bites of melt-in-your-mouth garlic was amazing. Really nice with the fresh basil that I clipped from my new patio herb garden!

And now for the cheesesticks & pizza…

I scored the dough with a dinner knife so that they’d be easy to pull apart once cooked, but wouldn’t fall apart during the process.

I then lightly misted with olive oil, sprinkled with garlic powder and added Daiya cheddar and italian shreds.

Mist once more with olive oil and sprinkle with a little more garlic powder and vegan parm if you like.

After kneading and stretching the dough, make sure you stab it a billion times with a fork to keep the air bubbles at bay.

Here is the dismantled moussaka turned pizza toppings: thinly sliced, roasted eggplant, zucchini, and potatoes and a few dots of the almond cream sauce over the tomato paste based sauce I made.

And here it is all melty with Daiya goodness and ready to hit the table.

It was a true feast!

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2 comments on “Italian Feast: Roasted Garlic & Tomato Basil Pasta with Moussaka Pizza and Cheesesticks

  • Roasted tomatoes with garlic are the best!! I like to use cherry tomatoes so they really pop with flavor when yu eat them. The roasted garlic cloves are also great as a spread on toast!

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