This post is sponsored by Coconut DREAM Yogurt but all opinions are my own. I only write about and recommend products I use and love myself.
A few days ago, as it poured cats and dogs through the afternoon, I had the intense desire to cook up some hearty comfort food. That’s when I thought of pasta. Pasta always seems to come to the rescue at our house when quick comfort is what we crave. As I started to get my cooking gear in order and set the pasta to boil, I decided to test an idea I had brewing ever since I was contacted by the wonderful folks at Coconut DREAM Yogurt to create a recipe using their non-dairy yogurt. Although testing out the usual curries would have been the expected way to go, I wanted to try out something completely different.
We have a few friends with kids who are dairy free, and I’ve always wanted to test out a creamy pasta recipe for when Baby Dear has them over for a play date. I’m happy to say that this worked out extremely well! I’ve made this recipe on the spicier side, since it was just Hubby Dear and me for dinner that night. But please, feel free to cut down the spice level when cooking for kids. Add more veggies/meat of you’d like. Go ahead, test, experiment and throw caution to the wind. After all, what’s the point of cooking for your loved ones when you can’t have some fun yourself!
Below is a little more information about the non-dairy yogurts:
The DREAM™ Brand recently launched a line of Coconut Dream® Non-Dairy Yogurt to join their popular Almond Dream® Non-Dairy Yogurt line. Coconut Dream® Non-Dairy Yogurt line was created in consideration of customers with food sensitivities, but it is so delicious that dairy lovers eat it also! Dream Non-Dairy Yogurts are made from real almonds and coconuts. Both lines are vegan, and free of gluten, lactose and soy, so fans with dietary restrictions can enjoy. It’s a great non-dairy alternative because it’s also Non-GMO and low in sodium.
CREAMY SPICY PASTA
Prep time: 20 min | Cooking time: 15 min | Serves: 4
2 tbsp light cooking oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp red chili flakes
2 large tomatoes, finely chopped
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 cup Coconut DREAM Yogurt, beaten till smooth
2 cups whole wheat penne or any medium shaped pasta (cooked according to package instructions, drained and set aside)
salt & pepper, to taste
Heat oil in a large wok and sauté garlic and chilli flakes till soft and fragrant. Add in tomatoes and spices, and fry for a few minutes till the tomatoes begin to pulp.
Stir in the yogurt, and cook for a few seconds to combine well. Add in the pasta, and stir-fry to combine well with the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
NOTE: For a gluten-free version, simply opt of gluten-free pasta instead.