I recently spotted a beautiful pasta dish on Instagram, posted by Kendalyn of That's So Raw. All her food photography is stunning, but this picture in particular caught my eye, because it featured a jar of Bonta Toscana garlic sauce. I reached out to Kendalyn, and she graciously shared the recipe with us.
Notice that she uses many local ingredients in this dish. That's so very Italian! I remember one time I was chatting with an Italian chef about the concepts of "slow food" and "eating local." They were foreign to him, simply because in Italy, that's just how it's always been done. You buy food that's been raised and grown locally, and you buy it when it's in season. It's that simple. Even the table wine and olive oil we use at our house over there comes from our village or a nearby town. The oil, in fact, comes from the trees in our yard!
Kendalyn shared the sources for her ingredients, but make sure to source ingredients from your own local farmers and stores. That will only make it taste so much better.
Awesome Arkansas Vegan and Gluten-Free Pasta
• 2 8 oz Boxes of Hodgson Mill brown rice angel hair pasta (or any gluten-free pasta)
• 1 32 oz jar Bonta Toscana sauce
• 1 3.5 oz jar of capers
• Leaves from 12 stems of basil (I get mine from Willow Springs Market Garden Farms at the Bernice Garden Farmers Market)
• Crushed black pepper and pink salt to taste (I get mine from Dandelion Herbs and Teas in downtown Little Rock)
Cook the pasta. Pour sauce and capers over noodles and stir together well. Place in bowls and cover each bowl with half the basil leaves. Enjoy!
Isn't that just luscious in its simplicity?
I love how vegans, those who are gluten-free, and people with other specific dietary needs can enjoy our garlic sauce. If you incorporate our sauce into a special recipe like this, I'd love to hear about it -- just email us.
And if you want more information on the benefits of veganism and great vegan recipe ideas, make sure to visit the That's So Raw site and check out their Facebook page. I'm sure Kendalyn will be glad to chat with you!