Cheezy Vegetable Sauce

Well, I am not sure if I should call it ‘cheezy’. But what I had in my mind before making this was some sticky, cheezy, rich sauce that goes well with pasta or on top of bread.

This satisfied my desire for that kind of sauce, but I must say that it can be improved! However, just to give you an idea of this recipe and how I was impressed when I had this with my pasta, I decided to write a post.

I usually do not measure ingredients, especially for the savoury food. (Do it by feeling! and everytime you can get something new!) and I wasn’t thinking of posting this, so the below recipe is very rough. I hope you can adjust according to your taste, and add or remove some

wp_20161006_006-3Ingredients (serves 2):

2 medium potatoes

1 carrot

1 shallot

1/2 red pepper

1/2 of a celery stalk

1 tsp or more yeast flakes

1 tsp or more paprika powder (I used the one I had made by drying red pepper and milling it into powder. The taste was more like smoked paprika powder but ordinary paprika powder should work, too)

Water or any plant based milk

Miso (optional)

Tomato puree (optional)

Soy sauce (optional)

Method:

  1. Chop the potatoes, carrot and shallot into the chunks of same size. Cook them in water for bring to a boil then simmer. After about 5 minutes add the roughly chopped red pepper and celery. Cook until all are soft. Drain, but do not discard the water as it contains all the nutrients.  You can drink it or use it for something else. Or, alternatively, you can steam all the vegetables.
  2. Place all the drained vegetables, yeast flakes and paprika powder in a blender then blend, by adding water little by little, if necessary, until you get the desired consistency.
  3. Keep tasting, then add some more of yeast flakes or paprika powder. I did not add to mine, however, I think a little bit of miso, tomato and/or soy sauce would work really well in this sauce, too. Please play about until you get the perfect taste you desire!

This is good as a dip for your bread, mixed with pasta or with roasted vegetables. The fact this is entirely made from vegetables makes this sauce very low in fat. Perfect if you want something light, or if you want you can add some form of fat like coconut oil or any other oil. Enjoy!!

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