Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Broccoli Pasta Bake Recipe

I’ve been away for a couple weeks, but for good reason: my girlfriend and I got a new puppy.  Anyone who tells you that having a puppy is basically the same as having a kid is not lying!  Lots of work.

I have another delicious vegan recipe for you guys to try today.  Many people automatically assume a pasta bake equals dairy-filled, but I have found that Daiya works very nicely in the place of cheese.  It tastes great when melted in the right quantity.

And for all you dog lovers, I included a couple pictures of Penny the puppy at the bottom after the recipe. Enjoy!

Chopping the Broccoli

Chopping the Broccoli

Cooking the Broccoli, Onions, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Cooking the Broccoli, Onions, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Mixing in with the Pasta

Mixing in with the Pasta

Daiya on Top, Ready to Bake

Daiya on Top, Ready to Bake

Done Baking!

Done Baking!

Dinner Served

Dinner Served

The Recipe

Ingredients (serves 6):

  • 1 lb. gluten-free quinoa pasta
  • 1 large head of broccoli, cleaned, ends cut off, and chopped
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 of a large white onion, chopped
  • 1.5 cups Daiya Mozzarella
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Cook the quinoa pasta for a couple minutes less than the package recommends, since you will be baking it still.

3.  While the pasta is cooking, in a separate large saute pan, cook the onions in olive oil on medium heat for about 2 minutes.

4.  Add in the broccoli and continue cooking, and stirring, for about 3 more minutes.

5.  Add in some salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper with the broccoli and onions, then toss in the sun-dried tomatoes.  Cook for about 2 more minutes and remove from the stove.

6.  In a large bowl, mix together the quinoa pasta and broccoli/onion mix.  Add in 1 cup of Daiya Mozzarella and mix together.

7.  Pour everything into a large baking pan.  Sprinkle the last half cup of Daiya on top of the pasta.  Put in the preheated oven.

8.  Bake for 15-17 minutes, until the Daiya is melted.  Remove from oven.

9.  Serve and enjoy!

 

..and Meet Penny!

Naptime!

Naptime!

Working on her tan

Working on her tan

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