Sunday, March 26, 2017

Veggie Penne With Mashed Fava Beans & "Cheese"

A cheesy meal guaranteed to make a belly feel immensely good.
For a while, I have been peeved at my local Whole Foods Market. They're not carrying a lot of things they should, especially at the new giant store on Hamilton. However, one piece of good news happened unexpectedly. I hadn't even began writing a letter about the missing Daiya flavor, Jalapeno Havarti. Lo and behold, last week, I found my first vegan cheese love again.

Hopefully, it's here to stay-- forever and ever.
For this hearty scrumptious meal of pasta and beans, one could use any kind of bean-- in particular black beans or kidney beans would be an ideal replacement for fava. I liked fava for its unique flavor and texture--plus the can was already opened and needed to be used immediately.
Still, I quite enjoyed amazing combinations of pasta made from vegetables and spiced fava bean mash with the creamy richness of Daiya's premier artisan cheese. In fact, this meal-- which can serve up to 6-- left me feeling a little on the fancy side of life.

Veggie Penne With Mashed Fava Beans & "Cheese" Ingredients and Preparation

1 package veggie penne (or any other pasta is fine)
1 15oz can Westbrae Natural Organic Fava Beans, drained
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon Frontier Coop Italian Seasonings (or any other brand)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
a few shavings of Daiya Jalapeno Havarti

Cook pasta according to directions.
In a food processor or blender, combine fava beans with nutritional yeast, cumin, turmeric, coriander, salt, and black pepper, pulsing gently. Do not let it turn into completely mushy puree. You need it to have a squashed appearance.
Once pasta is drained, lower heat on stove, and add in fava bean mixture and cheese, letting latter melt into the dish. Stir continuously for five minutes or so, making sure nothing sticks to the pot.

Serve to loved ones.


Extra pinch of Italian Seasonings (and some red crushed pepper flakes) filled the golden bowl with delicious blessings.

Close up of the beany pasta goodness. This is a real satisfying stomach filler.


  1. Yum, I need to try this recipe. I absolutely love fava beans, and it's been too long since I've had them. Daiya cheese can be hit or miss for me, but i do like the jalapeno havarti and also the smoked Gouda which is hard to find but tasty.

    1. Yay! Another who loves the fava bean. I know A LOT of vegans don't enjoy Daiya. That I understand. Yet like you, I too cherish the Jalapeno and the Smoked Gouda (which I have only tried once).