Vegan Test Kitchen: “Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne” from Isa Does It

Would you believe me if I told you that I’ve never cooked with wine before today?  It’s the truth.  This Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne has been on my list to make for two years now, but every time I read the ingredient list I would sigh and flip to another page.  Cooking with wine?  That’s just crazy talk.  That’s for fancy people with fancy kitchens, holding dinner parties and sipping Malbec with their (vegan) desert.  It couldn’t possibly be for a Monday night when you get home late, had a bad day at work, hurt yourself working out, and are basically starving to death.  Right?  Wrong!  This recipe is exactly for those days.  It’s on the table in less than 30 minutes, has a good dose of green veggies, and the wine imparts such a depth of flavor.

There’s a reason Isa Does It is my favorite vegan cookbook.  It’s packed full of recipes like this, that are ridiculously easy and still wildly sophisticated.  I’m not lying when I say that I have never made a recipe from this book that I didn’t like.  This meal was no different.  On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 50.  Even my omnivorous husband who usually cooks his own food loved it and stole a huge portion off my plate while I was doing dishes.  Make the Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne.  Buy Isa Does It.  It’s the best $20 I’ve ever spent on a cookbook.
Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne Isa Does It
If you don’t own Isa Does It, you can find this fabulous recipe HERE at Matt Frazier’s No Meat Athlete Blog.  (By the way, his blog is an excellent resource for vegans who work out.)  Each serving is approximately 400 calories.  For a lower fat option, use half the cashews called for and replace the rest with a creamy plant milk.  Using whole wheat pasta is another great option to boost the nutritional value.  You can also use a cheap red wine.  I know this, because I did!
Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne Isa Does It
Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne Isa Does It
Just look at this creamy, saucy goodness.  I ate until I could barely move, and still wanted to keep eating.  And it’s completely guilt free!  The veggie powerhouse of basil, broccoli, and sun dried tomatoes make this a complete one-plate meal.  I can’t say enough good things about it.  I’m just excited I have leftovers to eat for lunch tomorrow!
Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne Isa Does It Vegan Test Kitchen is a way to share my collection of vegan cookbooks with you, my wonderful readers!  This way, you can “try before you buy” on many recipes from the best vegan chefs out there.

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