Vegan Pasta Pie with Mushrooms, Garlic and Tomatoes

My vegan version of a savory pasta pie- 
no eggs, dairy or tofu. Seriously.

This savory pie recipe reminds me of a roasted vegetable frittata. Or my Roasted Vegetable Noodle Kugel, even. I invented it because I was craving a simple one-dish pie for supper- something easy and light and bordering on picnic food- with guaranteed leftovers. Because- and I tell you this with all the happy feet gyrations of a gypsy heart locked inside a hot flashing nest-eschewing body- we're boxing books again- we're storing art and family pictures and files and (most of) our movie collection. We're selling our furniture, consigning everything from roomy chairs and Mexican tables to Kilim pillows and punched tin mirrors. A truck arrives today to haul the lot to Santa Fe.

Even though the house has not sold.

We're itchy to move on. Can you blame us? It's been two years trying to sell, dropping our price (twice), tidying and polishing and buying flowers for showings. Simmering cinnamon sticks on the stove to welcome potential buyers. I spent days of my life for this sole purpose- to sell this place. My magic hasn't worked out here in the desert. Last week it occurred to me, maybe we just need to move on? Get on with our lives. Let it go. Empty out our space to create some quantum level energy shift (do I even believe in quantum level energy shifts?).

This quasi-quantum theory of mine used to work at art galleries. If you had a painting hanging for awhile, all you had to do to pique someone's appetite for it was remove it. Stick it in the storage room. Take it back to the studio. Decide not to sell it. The next day, some haunted soulful buyer would inevitably wander in, eyes wide and searching, and ask about it. Did it sell? The one I can't live without?

We're leaving the keys with our Realtor. Hoping the whole painting is gone mojo will cross over into home buying. I don't know where we'll end up, exactly. We'll be driving to California by the end of the month, Honda Fit packed with summer tees and jeans and flip flops, two computers, a camera, Flip Video, a Vita-Mix, wok and ice cream maker. Joy of Cooking. Jim Harrison essays. A cooler stuffed with Blueberry Brownie Bites, Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Sandwich Bread and Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies.

And if anyone knows of a furnished summer rental in the Venice Beach area, Darling, shoot me an e-mail. And tell me- what 10 DVD's would you take with you to a pared down bare bones summer by the ocean?

Uncheesy noodle pie vegan goodness.

Vegan Pasta Pie Recipe

Make extra spaghetti the day before to use as a base in this pie (tip: rinse it with hot water before using to soften it; drain well). As for veggies- I used the vegetables I had on hand, but you could also roast cut green beans, chopped broccoli, red pepper, red onion or scallions.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lightly oil a deep 9-inch pie plate and set aside.

You'll need:

1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked gluten-free spaghetti noodles (I used Tinkyada White Rice Spaghetti)
2 cups vegetables for roasting: leek, mushrooms, grape tomatoes
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
Olive oil
Dried Italian Herbs: basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, to taste
Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
Vegan white sauce- recipe follows
1/2 cup gluten-free cornbread crumbs
Fresh chopped rosemary, to taste
6 trimmed fresh asparagus spears for the top

Slice up a leek, and mushrooms and toss them into a roasting pan. Add enough grape tomatoes to bring the amount to heaping cups or so. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Season with sea salt and ground pepper, herbs; toss to coat. Roast in the preheated oven till tender- about 30 minutes or so.

In the meantime make your white sauce.

Basic Vegan White Sauce Recipe


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons brown rice or sorghum flour
1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk
3 tablespoons white wine- optional
1 teaspoon prepared GF mustard
Pinch of nutmeg
Minced onion and garlic, to taste


In a sauce pan heat the oil over medium heat. Add the GF flour; whisk and cook briefly. The flour will thicken into a paste. Add the non-dairy milk a little at a time and keep whisking. When the sauce has thickened, add the wine, mustard, nutmeg, minced onion and garlic, and stir till thickened and silky.

This is your basic vegan white sauce.

Now we're going to make it a little eggy for the pie.

You'll need:

1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

Ener-G Egg Replacer for two eggs
2 tablespoons millet flour, sorghum flour, or rice flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Add a tablespoon of hot water to the flaxseed meal and allow it to thicken into a gel.

Mix up the Ener-G Egg Replacer.

Add the flaxseed gel, Ener-G Egg Replacer, flour, and baking powder to the Vegan White Sauce. Whisk to combine; cook gently to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside.


When the veggies are roasted, layer the cooked pasta in the prepared pie plate. Pour in the vegan white sauce mixture and shimmy the noodles a bit to allow the sauce to seep in. Top with the roasted veggies.

Toss the cornbread crumbs in a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle over the pie. Press down a bit to compact the layers. Sprinkle with chopped fresh rosemary. Arrange the uncooked asparagus spears on the top.

Bake in the center of the oven for 25 minutes or so, till piping hot.

Allow the pie to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Use a sharp knife to slice and a pie shaped spatula/server.

Makes six slices.

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the veggie paparazzo said...

Congrats on making the decision to just go. You get a better sense of your mortality with any long-term medical condition, I think, including gluten intolerance. And so, at times, you think, Why am I not doing what matters the most to me? Why am I caught up in X instead?

I'm glad you're going back to the place that makes you happy, offers you your family, and feels like home.

Rach said...

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I'll get back to you on the movies)

Jessica said...

Here is the list from Alex and myself:
This is very difficult because we would usually just pull out our drawer of movies but we can't...because they're packed..

Laurel Canyon
A Walk on the Moon
Garden State
A History of Violence (For Viggo)
The Big Lebowski
A Walk in the Clouds
The Big Chill
Street Kings
A Season of A TV show of Your Choice (Suggested: Deadwood or Entourage)
Heat (Can you guess who suggested this one)

This is a very carefully crafted list, not meant to be taken verbatim per say, but perhaps for inspirational nudges. Also, remember that our DVD collection will be open to you, when I mentioned that Alex exploded "DUDE, MOVIE NIGHTS OH MAN". Because we'll be there. In California. Teehee.


Nita said...

I've only been reading your blog for a few months, love your recipes, and want to say, YES to the move! Whatever happens to the NM house, you will be out of there enjoying life in a better place for you!

Jade Lam said...

Rent it out to really rich people wanting to spiritually find themselves and market it as a funky dessert paradise, it will be rented out all year long :)

greenergirl said...

Can't wait to try this! Congratulations on your liberation. As for DVD's, I'd certainly the entire run of Arrested Development. That will keep you laughing and silly forever.

Steph said...

that looks delicious!!!

dreaminitvegan said...

The first thing I thought of when I saw this recipe was (1)spaghetti casserole my mom used to make,except yours looks prettier (2)I have to make this tonight! Spaghetti casserole consisted of capellini, mozzerella & Jack cheese mixed in and topped with a marinara. Now since I've been vegan for almost three years and haven't had dairy for six years I haven't made spaghetti casserole for my husband who just the other day mentioned it. Result, I made this last night to surprise my husband and didn't tell him what it was. He took a bite, smiled at me and said "this tastes like what you used to make me". Great job Karina, thank you so much for this recipe. The only changes were that I didn't use any vegetables and just topped this with a basil marinara sauce.

SusanV said...

This is such a brilliant idea. Looks delicious!

Congratulations for making the decision to move on. I'm glad to hear you're going to be where you want to be.

moonwatcher said...

Hi Karina,

This is a test comment--let me know if it went through!




Karen M said...

Nature abhors a vacuum, and some people have to see a space empty to imagine it as theirs.

I love Katharine Hepburn, and old classics, so I'd have to suggest:

Desk Set
Bringing up baby
Woman of the Year
Pat and Mike
Mr. Blandings Dream House
My man Godfrey
The Women (w/ Norma Shearer, not the remake)
and a newer one: House Sitter (Goldie Hawn & Steve Martin, strangely appropriate)

Gluti Girl said...

Good luck and happy moving. Don't forget The Matrix, Gladiator, Sense and Sensibility, and for some Shakespearian humor.....Much Ado About Nothing!

milhan said...

Best of luck to you Karina! And I am slightly jealous of this adventure that you are embarking on. How exciting!

Good Fellas is one of my all time favorite movies that I can watch over and over again....

Karina Allrich said...

Very cool. I'm so glad to have an audience for my vegan recipes. Thanks, everyone for the feedback on the pie- and the Movie List.

DVD's I've set aside so far...

Laurel Canyon
Stranger Than Fiction
The Big Lebowski
Walk on the Moon
Point Break
Wonder Boys
Get Shorty
Dan in Real Life
John From Cincinnati

The final countdown has begun.


Cathy said...

Hi Karina--thanks so much for your recipes! I have been diagnosed with a list of about 20 food allergies so I'm having fun taking your recipes and modifying them even more. One of the things I am allergic to is yeast. I'm wondering if you have any suggestions for a replacement in your white sauce? Thanks so much!

Rumela said...

I was made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious! I was a little nervous it wouldn't have enough depth of flavor, but it turned out scrumptious. even my meat-loving husband liked it. I'm trying to do several meatless meals a week both for our health and our budget, so I really appreciate easy, vegan pasta pie meals. thank you for shearing your post.

Karina Allrich said...

For the nutritional yeast- it adds a cheese-like flavor. So if you can do vegan cheese, or a nut butter, I'd a little of one/both of those. ~Karina

Kim said...

Karina, any particular brand of nutritional yeast you recommend? And do you have any plans for a cookbook? Thanks for all the great recipes!

Karina Allrich said...

Hi Kim- I use KAL Nutritional Yeast. Some brands taste very strong. This one is pretty mild. As always, use to taste- and adjust according to your preference.

I am seriously thinking about a cookbook. I'll let you know!

xox Karina

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