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  • 2 cups dry elbow pasta (I used GF brown rice pasta. You can use spiral or other short pasta, but wouldn't recommend long noodles)
  • 1 cup (240g) low-sodium veggie broth (I like the Pacific brand)
  • 1 loosely filled cup (130g) finely chopped onion
  • 2 small (365g) zucchini, sliced into half moons ¼ inch thick
  • 1 cup (240g) homemade cashew milk (SEE NOTE below. DO NOT sub with store-bought cashew, it will NOT thicken like my version and will RUIN the dish)
  • 1 cup (240g) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian spice blend (with no salt or red pepper added)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder (I use my homemade blend)
  • 4 large handfuls (100g) fresh spinach
  • ¾ teaspoon salt (notice in directions you are adding salt at different times)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • I use this scale.
  • subheading: NOTE:
  • I only recommend making this with my homemade cashew milk. DO NOT USE store-bought, see note above recipe card why it doesn't work. I make my own cashew milk by adding ½ cup raw cashews to 1 ½ cups filtered water and blend in a Vitamix until completely smooth. That's it, NO need to drain. You will ONLY be using 1 cup for the recipe. Store extra in fridge and I use it for baking, smoothies, oatmeal, etc. Cashew milk is absolutely going to give the BEST creamy results, so do not sub.
  • subheading: * NOTE 2:
  • Regarding the chili powder, 1 ½ teaspoons will give it a very mild level of heat and chili flavor, whereas 3 teaspoons will give it a noticeable level of heat, I love the full 3 teaspoons but it may be too much for sensitive people and for kids. My daughter thought it was a tad too spicy, so if you are unsure, start with 1 ½ teaspoons and you can always add more at the end after tasting.
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