Pasta Fail

Pasta Fail

Yesterday I attempted to make fresh homemade ravioli. It sadly did not turn out well. I used a similar recipe to my jiǎozi (饺子) skins, with the addition of ground flax to replace the egg. It came together nicely, rolled out and kept its shaped once filled, however once I tried to cooking, it all went downhill. I decided to cook a small batch (only two) for my first try. I boiled them, and tried one but found it was too gummy, so the second one I decided to bake. It came out too hard, so next I decided to bake some ravioli in sauce. As I did not want the sauce or pasta to burn I placed the dish into a larger dish filled with water, but the ravioli did not cook at first and once it did the sauce, which had dried out, overpowered the ravioli filling and I was once again back at square one. So I thought maybe if I boiled the pasta first then baked in the sauce that would be successful, but alas no. Not only did they cook too much they also began to dissolve in the boiling water! So, I had to give up my endeavour and instead cooked some store brought gluten-free vegan rotini and penne.

Luckily though, my filling and sauce I made turned out perfectly so I just used those to created a two-sauce pasta dish.

What was to be a filling for my ravioli and became a sauce is eggplant, mushroom and caramelized onion that is equally and just as amazing as a sauce as it would be a ravioli filling. The sauce that was meant for the ravioli was made with roasted beets, walnuts and roasted garlic. So instead of not putting up a post this week I bring you two alternative sauces to traditional tomato sauce that will delight everyone. Both are also lovely ways to encourage picky eaters to get more vegetables into their diets whilst not looking anything like vegetables or tasting much like them either. It also brightens up the plate, particularly the beet sauce that is gorgeous pink/red coloured. These sauces are also great to store in the freezer to be used at anytime.

I will continue to experiment with a ravioli recipe and hope to create something that will not fall apart or cook improperly. In the meantime I will stick to the store bought stuff.

Eggplant and Mushroom Sauce

Makes about 2 cups Cook time: 45 minutes Total time: 1 hour


3-4 Large mushrooms, I use brown crimini mushrooms, chopped

1/2 Medium eggplant, cubed

1 Small onion, sliced thinly

1 Tbsp nutritional yeast

1/4 Cup water or vegetable broth

2 tbsp plus 1 tbsp Olive oil1/2 tbsp Italian blend herbs


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.2. Combine cubed eggplant and salt in colander and place in sink for 15 minutes to remove liquids.

3. Cook onions over medium with 1 Tbsp olive oil until browned or cook longer to caramelize the onions. I chose this option and cooked them for about half an hour. Set aside to cool

4. Combine all other ingredients in a blender/food processor and blend to smooth. Set to side.

5. Combine eggplant and 2 tbsp on baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until eggplant is soft. Take out and cover with tinfoil to steam the skin off.

6. Once cooled peel skin off eggplant and place flesh in the blender with the mushroom mixture and also add the onions. Blend up until smooth.

7. Heat up in pot and pour over pasta, potatoes, quinoa, rice, etc. Sauce can be stored in refrigerator for about a week or in freezer for a couple of months.

Beet and Roasted Garlic Sauce

Makes 3 cups Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 15 minutesIngredients

1 Medium beet, cubed
1 Small bulb of garlic, with bottom root area removed to expose some flesh

2 Cloves garlic, diced

1/2 Cup walnuts, chopped

1/4 Cup plus 2 tbsp olive oil

2-3 Tbsp rice milk or other alternative milk or water

Salt and Pepper


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Place beets on a baking tray and the garlic bulb in one corner of tray, exposed skin up. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil over the beets and 1 tbsp olive oil over and into the garlic bulb. Cook for 45 minutes. Remove and set aside to cook.

3. Once cooled, peel the skin off the beets and transfer the peeled pieces to a blender/food processor. Squeeze the baked garlic out of theirs skins into the blender.

4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

5. Transfer to a pot and heat up to serve over pasta or cool before transferring to a container to store in refrigerator or freezer. Will last 1 week in refrigerator or 3 months in freezer.


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