Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table
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Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist

Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


Im a big fan of smoked cheese. Its wonderful melted for use as a dip for crudites, glorious on an oat cracker, fantastic on toast. I use it to give pasta sauces a savoury, smoky twist; or as a topping for baked potatoes, mixed with chopped mushrooms and fried streaky bacon. 


Now one of the most famous smoked cheeses in Britain Applewood have created their own spreadable version and Ive been challenged to come up with a recipe or three to showcase both its smoky taste and creamy, velvety texture.


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


Heres the first and its a winter winner my Applewood Spreadable Veggie Pasta Bake.


Serves 4-6


200g pasta (I used fusilli)
Olive oil
1 small pumpkin, peeled, desseded and roughly chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 portobello mushroom, chopped into rough chunks
1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
1 courgette, roughly chopped
150ml double cream
150g Applewood Spreadable
100g curly kale, stalks removed
50g walnuts, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Spread the pumpkin chunks on a roasting tin and sprinkle over some olive oil, then toss to coat. Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins until the pumpkin is tender, but not soft. Remove from the roasting tin and set aside.


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


 


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pan of salted water until al dente, approx. 8-9 mins. Drain and plunge into cold water to stop the cooking.


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


3. Add a little oil to a frying pan and gently cook the onions, garlic and chillies until soft, approx. 5 mins.


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


4. Add the chopped pepper, mushroom and courgettes. Stir through and cook for 5 mins.


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


5. Add the cooked pumpkin to the frying pan and stir through.


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


6. Now add the cooked pasta and stir through.


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


7. Transfer the pasta mixture to a baking dish.


8. Combine the cream and Applewood Spreadable in a small saucepan over a low heat until it is a sauce consistency.


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


9. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a frying pan and cook the kale for no more than 30 seconds.


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


10. Fold the kale through the pasta and veggies.


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


11. Pour the sauce over the pasta mixture and use a spoon to fold through the pasta and vegetables.


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


12. Sprinkle over the chopped walnuts and season with salt and pepper.


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


12. Cover the dish with tin foil and bake in the oven for 30-35 mins until piping hot, removing the tin foil for the last 10 mins.


13. Serve.


Veggie Pasta Bake with an Applewood Spreadable Smoky Twist, Lay The Table


 


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Hi, I am Norbert Lacle former internacional chef and vice president of AB Universal LLC. I have found that cooking calms me down and relaxes me (at least mostly, sometimes it drives me crazy!) And that it even makes me happy and satisfied from time to time.

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