Penne with Spicy Curried Cream Sauce

penne-with-spicy-curried-cream-sauce, champagnenutritionWhat is on page 54 or 154 of your favorite cookbook? This is what The Recipe Redux wanted to find out from all of us dietitian food bloggers this month. My favorite cookbook, Forks Over Knives, based on the documentary about plant-based diets and vegetarianism, offers an intriguing vegan Rigatoni with Peas and Curried Cream Sauce on page 154 that I decided to try. It was a huge success and I am posting a slightly altered version in this post: Penne with Spicy Curried Cream Sauce.

I often suggest Forks Over Knives when my clients ask for a good cookbook because it offers easy-to-make recipes that are 100% vegetarian with no dairy and no refined sugar in their recipes. It is low in fat (they often suggest simmering in brotCooking Spicy Curried Cream Sauceh) and rich in herbs and spices. I like the book because it offers a variety of seasonal and international recipes that contain common ingredients and simple instructions. I have had clients tell me before that they DID listen to me when I was educating them on plant-based diets but they really started to understand once they watched the Forks Over Knives film. I highly recommend you watch it if you have time over the holidays!

I made a few tweaks and re-named it ‘Penne with Spicy Curried Cream Sauce’ but found this recipe simple to make on one of my busy after-work, post-gym commutes. I used my favorite bean pasta by Tolerant (this one was made of green lentils) which boosts fiber, protein and vitamins.  The recipe turned out very spicy actually, which I love. It is also savory and hearty; a perfect recipe for winter and makes good leftovers for lunch the next day. To reduce spice, simply cut back on the quantity of red pepper flakes added.

penne-with-spicy-curried-cream-sauceChef’s are predicting cauliflower as a hot food trend for 2016 (move over kale!). Combing Pinterest trends also reveals that veggies including cauliflower are being used as alternatives; this cruciferous veggie is so versatile you can make steaks out of it for grilling, create mashed ‘potato’ alternatives, use it as a crust or as a creamy sauce like I do in this recipe. I’l list some other food trends below for inspiration heading into the New Year; I’m excited to report that plant-based diets are on the top of ever list as optimal health, sustainability an the environment continue to take center stage as critical topics. Be sure to include Penne with Spicy Curried Cream Sauce in your dinner rotation this winter so you can start the year off healthy AND on trend!

 Other food trends we’ve got coming in 2016 are projected as:

  • Vegetarian, Vegan and Plant-based diets
  • African and Middle-Eastern cuisine
  • SPICY food and different varieties of peppers
  • Healthy desserts
  • Bar dining (vs traditional sit-down)
  • Sour beer
  • Herbs and botanicals in cocktails
  • Sea vegetables (Seaweed)



Penne with Spicy Curried Cream Sauce

adapted from the Forks Over Knives cookbook

  • Author: StringMasterAdmin
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 large head of cauliflower (chopped into florets)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock or broth
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 pound whole grain penne pasta (I used Tolerant lentil pasta!)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (roughly chopped)


  1. Combine the cauliflower and vegetable stock in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, cooking for 10 minutes until cauliflower is tender. Remove from heat and puree with an immersion blender until completely smooth and creamy.
  2. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat for 5-6 minutes until onions are translucent. Add the curry power, crushed red peppers and salt, cooking for 1 additional minute. Add pureed cauliflower and peas, cooking util all ingredients are heated through, about 3 minutes more. Add cooked pasta to the sauce and gently fold until noodles are coated. Serve warm garnished with cilantro.

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