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Sun-Dried-Tomato-and-Pesto Linguine

For the Sun-Dried-Tomato Linguine:
1/2 lb. linguine
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 pkg. faux-chicken strips (try Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik’n Strips)
2 Tbsp. chopped garlic
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, quartered
Salt and pepper, to taste

• Cook the pasta in salted water according to the package directions. Drain.
• In a medium pan over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp. of the oil and sauté the “chicken” strips until lightly browned. Remove from the pan and chop into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
• Heat the remaining oil in the pan and sauté the garlic for 1 minute. Add the “chicken” and sun-dried tomatoes. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often. Season with the salt and pepper.
• Toss with the pasta until thoroughly coated.

For the Pesto:
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1/3 cup pine nuts
3 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves
1/2-3/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup vegan Parmesan cheese

• Place the garlic and pine nuts in a food processor and process until minced. Add the basil, salt, and pepper and process until ground into a paste.
• With the machine running, pour the oil into the feed tube in a slow, steady stream until well blended. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the vegan cheese.*

To Assemble:
• Toss the pasta with the pesto, to taste, until thoroughly coated.

Makes 2 to 3 servings

*Note: This can be made ahead of time and kept covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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  • nevaeh104 says:

    I know losing weight is said to happen because of changing to a vegetarian diet, but does anyone know what the calories are for these foods? Also, what a serving is would be helpful. I know the old rules of the size of your fist should be protein, etc.,etc., but with this one in particular, it would be helpful!

    Also, on a side note – when I watched Forks over Knives, I swear it said to not have oil…maybe I’m remembering wrong?

  • Britney says:

    I’m new to being a vegetarian and these recipes are ones that I can actually make without buying so many different ingredients. They’re delicious and amazing!

  • Senae says:

    Loving the Valentine’s day recipes! I was planning on letting my husband take me out for v-day, but these make me want to stay home and cook for him instead. I prefer meals with no “faux” meat. Veggies are appealing enough to me without trying to fake a meat dish. But I can eliminate the faux meat in this particular dish and it still be great.

  • han solo says:

    Sounds great! But…where do I buy garlic gloves? 😉

  • Bridgett says:

    yum yum

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  • 757style says:

    Monday night dinner!!

  • Linda says:

    Cant wait to try this and all the other vegan recipes!