Veggied Out Vodka Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free]
Secretly Loaded With Veggies, Veggied Out Vodka Sauce is a Winner
So my kids thought I should call this sauce ‘Holy Moly Ravioli’, but there are no raviolis, so that’s a no go. This is their all time favorite sauce. It’s cheesy, creamy, a little tomato-y, rich and so satisfying. It hardly tastes Vegan and no one can tell that it is made from carrots, onions and potatoes. I’m not telling either. This is my secretly Veggied Out Vodka Sauce.
When they ask for extra sauce, you can say, “no problem-o,” and feel good about what you’re putting in their bellies. Just don’t be surprised when there are no leftovers. The little ones are always left licking their bowls. And their fingers. And each other’s fingers. Ha ha. Just kidding.
Surprise Potato Harvest
We grew some surprise potatoes this summer and this Vodka Sauce is a great way to put them to use. I discovered by mistake (most of my discoveries are by mistake it seems) that this sauce will keep for quite a while in a sealed container in the fridge. Just put it back in the blender on Soup mode a bit of water and it tastes even better the second time around. Weird but true.
Boil & Blend: Easy Peasy Vegan & Cheesy
With 4 little kids, my blogging, jewelry making, oil painting and everything else, I have try to make meals as simple as possible. I don’t like a lot of clean-up. If a meal takes more than one pot and a blender I’m probably not going to make it. :/ Throw in an extra baking sheet and that’s really pushing my limits. I hate doing dishes and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. Doing dishes sucks. Dry aching hands, lower back pain. No thanks.
So, for this sauce I boil the chopped potatoes, carrots and onions in a big pot. I bring them to a boil and then continue boiling on a low/medium boil for 15 minutes or until soft. Then I strain the veggies and empty them into my hi-speed Jamba blender. Then I use that same pot to boil their noodles. We like brown rice noodles, but use whatever you and your family prefer.
The Magic That Is Arrowroot
Sometimes you may be jones-ing for a cheesier consistency rather than a saucy one. Something more like Nacho cheese from a gas station. Sounds gross now, but I don’t know. I’m sure there’s a couple of you out there who share the same sentiment. So, to recreate the same nacho cheesy texture you can add 2 Tablespoons of Arrowroot to a sauce that is a bit thinner than you would like and run your blender on Soup Mode.
After the sauce heats up you will see it thicken up. When you see that it is thicker you can shut down the machine and test your sauce. It should have the same consistency of Nacho Cheese and will taste out of this world. You can use a sauce like this in a trillion different ways if the husband and kids don’t get their paws on it first. 🙂
Thank you for checking out my recipe and even more importantly, thank you for being Vegan!! If you would like to receive more recipes like this directly to your inbox you can sign up for my newsletter at the top of this page. Also, if you are on Facebook, you can find me at http://facebook.com/veganmommaspage. I would love to see you there!
Peace & Love,
Suzie, The Vegan Momma