Penne & Broccoli in a “Doritos” Cream Sauce with Spiced “Doritos” Bread Crumbs
Can you believe with a title like that that this is all vegan?? And actually very healthy! This was so good I couldn’t believe it. And super easy too.
1.5-2 cups cooked Whole grain Penne or any pasto of choice
1.5 cups broccoli florets(blanched)
For the cream sauce:
1/3+ cup raw cashews, soaked in water for atleast half an hour
1/3 cup water
1+ teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
few teaspoons evoo
Doritos Spice Mix: Gluten-free
2 teaspoons dried onion flakes or 1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 to 1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1+ teaspoons paprika(to taste/color)
a generous pinch of salt
a generous pinch Rock salt/Kala namak(optional, if using lemon juice for wet uses. Not optional for dry spice since it does help add the sour. you can try lemon zest instead)
You can add Daiya cheddar, yellow mustard powder, for cheddar, lemon zest, dried parsley for ranch, red chili/black pepper for the spicy variations.
Toasted Bread Crumbs or Toasted Oats and rice flakes, coarsely ground.(1.5-2 Tablespoons)
Mix the doritos spice mix or blend in grinder to get a well blended mix. Taste test and adjust.
Cook the Penne per instructions. Blanch the broccoli(cook 3-4 minutes in boiling water, then rinse in cold water).
Blend the soaked cashews with enough water to make a flowy cream.
Add lemon juice, salt to taste and half of the Doritos spice mix to the cashew cream.
You can just toss the pasta and broccoli and serve at this point. Or heat up everything a little bit.
In a pan, add 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, heat on medium.
Add the broccoli and toss for a few seconds.
Add the pasta and the cashew cream. Mix well. Cover and let it start to bubble on low heat. (1-2 minutes).
Taste test and adjust spices and salt and take off heat.
Mix some of the Doritos spice with bread crumbs or crumbs of toasted Oats and rice flakes.
Sprinkle the crumbs on and serve!