In this post we explore how you can use tahini to create flavorful vegan pasta dishes that will leave you craving more.
Pasta is a versatile and delicious staple that can be found in nearly every kitchen around the world. But when it comes to vegan pasta sauces - the options can seem somewhat limited. Enter tahini sauce: a game-changer in the world of vegan pasta dishes.
Tahini, a creamy and delectable paste made from sesame seeds, is not only incredibly nutritious but also a perfect base for a variety of mouthwatering vegan pasta sauces.
The Nutritional Powerhouse: Tahini
Before diving into the delicious world of tahini sauce, it's important to understand what makes it so special.
Our very own SoCo tahini is made by grinding sesame seeds into a smooth and creamy paste. This careful process unlocks a treasure trove of nutrients, including healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. So, basically, by incorporating our tahini into your vegan pasta sauce, you're not only adding a delicious flavor, but a boost of nutrition!
(If you’ve never tasted tahini before - find out how other people describe tahini's taste, texture and flavor).
Creating Your Perfect Vegan Tahini Pasta Sauce
We think that the beauty of tahini sauce is its versatility; it can easily be transformed into a wide array of vegan pasta sauces by combining it with different kinds of ingredients.
Here are three simple vegan tahini pasta sauce recipes to get you started:
3 Vegan Pasta Sauce made with Tahini
Creamy Tahini Tomato Sauce:
A modern twist on the classic marinara, this sauce combines the tanginess of tomatoes with the creaminess of tahini for a unique and satisfying vegan pasta sauce.
- 1/4 cup Artisanal tahini
- 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz.)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
In a saucepan, combine tahini, crushed tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes until heated through and flavors have melded. Serve over your favorite pasta.
Lemon-Garlic Tahini Sauce:
This zesty, flavorful sauce is perfect for a light and refreshing pasta dish.
- 1/2 cup Artisanal tahini
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup water
- Salt and pepper, to taste
In a small bowl, whisk together tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and water until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over cooked pasta and toss to coat.
Spicy Tahini Peanut Sauce:
For those who crave a little heat, this spicy tahini peanut sauce adds a kick to your pasta dish.
- 1/4 cup Artisanal Tahini
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1-2 tbsp Sriracha (or to taste)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup water
In a small saucepan, combine tahini, peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, Sriracha, garlic, and water. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth and heated through. Adjust spiciness to your preference. Serve over your favorite pasta.
The possibilities with tahini sauce are truly endless, and these three vegan pasta sauce recipes are just the tip of the iceberg. Experiment with different flavors and ingredients to create your own unique and delicious vegan tahini pasta sauce.
Introducing SoCo Tahini & Pesto (Your Vegan Pasta Essential)
As much as we love a good homemade sauce, we understand that sometimes convenience is key. That's where our SoCo Tahini & Pesto comes in...
This blend of rich tahini and fragrant pesto offers an instant flavor upgrade to any pasta dish.
How to Use SoCo Tahini & Pesto
The beauty of our SoCo Tahini & Pesto is its versatility and ease of use. Here's how you can incorporate it into your next pasta dish:
As a Simple Pasta Sauce: Simply toss freshly cooked pasta with a generous amount of SoCo Tahini & Pesto. The warmth of the pasta will soften the sauce, allowing it to coat the pasta evenly. Top with some fresh herbs, and you've got a gourmet pasta dish in minutes!
In a Creamy Pasta Dish: For a richer experience, heat SoCo Tahini & Pesto in a saucepan with a splash of non-dairy milk. Stir until it forms a creamy sauce and pour over your favorite pasta. This is perfect for those days when you're craving something indulgent yet nutritious.
As a Pasta Salad Dressing: Planning a picnic or need a quick lunch idea? Toss some SoCo Tahini & Pesto with cold pasta and your favorite veggies for a refreshing pasta salad.
SoCo Tahini & Pesto is a flavorful, nutrient-dense, and convenient addition to your pantry. With this magical jar at your disposal, a delicious vegan pasta dish is never more than a few minutes away. Give it a try. 😋