You’ll be surprised at how well parsnip works as a pasta. It’s natural, earthy smokey flavour really makes this dish. If you haven’t got a batch of coconut bacon to hand, you can buy it in your wholefoods store or just use dried coconut chips – the result won’t be as great in terms of texture, but it will still taste good.
The smoky alfredo sauce recipe has a lovely creamy texture, just like a traditional one. Remember to put the cashews on to soak ahead of time.
Make time: 20 mins
Soak time: 2–4 hours
Equipment required: spiraliser, high-speed blender
- 5 parsnips, peeled
Smoky alfredo sauce (makes 2 cups)
- 1 cup cashews, soaked for 2–4 hours
- ½ cup filtered water
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ clove garlic, crushed
- ¼ shallot, roughly chopped
- 2 drops liquid smoke
- freshly cracked pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- ½ shallot, finely chopped
- 2 cups Swiss brown mushrooms, sliced
- sea salt to taste
- 1 cup coconut bacon or dried coconut chips
- a few extra mushrooms, sliced (optional)
- small handful of parsley leave
To prepare the parsnip pasta, spiralise (or julienne on a mandoline) parsnips into noodles and set aside.
To prepare the smoky alfredo sauce, drain and rinse the soaked cashews thoroughly. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Make sure the drops of liquid smoke are actual drops – this stuff is strong. The sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
To prepare the mushrooms, heat oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and lightly brown garlic and shallot, taking care not to burn the garlic. Add sliced mushrooms and cook over a medium to high heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Add sea salt to taste and cook mushrooms until golden brown.
Add 1 cup alfredo sauce (or more to taste!) and warm it through; this should only take around 30 seconds to 1 minute. (If you overcook the sauce, it will become very thick and change its flavour.)
Add parsnip noodles and fold through the sauce and mushroom mixture. If it’s too dry, add a bit more water or alfredo sauce.
Serve in bowls topped with coconut bacon, some more mushrooms if you like, and parsley leaves.
Note: To make this raw prepare the mushrooms in the dehydrator at 46°C for 30-40 minutes, and warm the cashew sauce before serving.