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Cheesy Vegan Pasta Melt

October 15, 2008

 

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• 16 oz. whole wheat mostacciolli
• 3/4-1 whole green bell pepper
• 3 8 oz. cans tomato sauce
• 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
• 3 tablespoons water
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 tablespoons onion powder
• 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
• dash of salt and pepper
• 6 oz. tofutti ‘sour cream’
• 4 oz. tofutti ‘cream cheese’
• 5 oz. vegan gourmet mozzarella (shredded)
Cook and drain pasta according to instructions on box. make pasta sauce by combining tomato sauce, paste, water, garlic, onion, Italian seasoning and salt/pepper in a medium sauce pan. heat on medium-high until sauce starts to simmer aggressively, then lower heat to medium-low, cover, and let it simmer lightly for about 15 minutes, stirring often. this will be a thicker sauce since it is going into a casserole type dish. add in the softened cream cheese and sour cream, and heat on low for about 5-10 minutes until you have a nice creamy red sauce.

in a 9×11 glass casserole dish, use about three tablespoons of the sauce to coat the bottom (prevents sticking). layer 1/2 of the mostaccioli in the dish, then layer 1/2 sauce, 1/2 green pepper and 1/2 of the mozzarella. then repeat with the other half of the ingredients.

place in the oven at 350 f° for about 25 minutes, until the sauce starts to bubble and the cheese begins to melt. pull out and cool around 10-12 minutes before trying to serve, although in my house we only make it about 5 minutes.

ONE OF THE GREATEST COMFORT FOODS!!!!!!!

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