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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

GarBasil-Pepper Sauce Recipe---a creamy dairy-free pasta or pizza sauce

Serve this garlicky, bean and pepper sauce over pasta, add a green salad, some bread and steamed veggies.  The sauce is hearty enough that if you want to add a little meat, you can get away with just a tiny bit.  Or serve it on the side as a complement to fish or chicken.We also use this as a sauce base for CF pizza with excellent results!

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GarBasil-Pepper Sauce?  The name is a bit unusual, I know. 

Blame it on my creative kids.  The name comes from the ingredients (can you guess that they are?).  Winking smile

A little while back we were experimenting with a milk-free diet, and, frankly, my brain was getting fried coming up with variety in our dinners. 

Plus, my stomach doesn’t react so well to tomato-based pasta sauces.  The acid gets me. 

And I was missing alfredo.  I like dairy.  A lot, lol!

This is NOT like alfredo.  But it’s quite good and gets 2 thumbs up from ALL my family members, which is saying something.  We have a vegetarian and 2 very picky eaters in our midst, plus hubby really does like MEAT.  He goes along with my meat-free inventions (meat does cost money, after all), but he does like a dinner that satisfies.  This does. 

The best part is that it is supper quick and easy to make (from start to finish takes less than 20 minutes).

GarBasil-Pepper Sauce

This serves our family of 6 (2 adults, 4 kids and 2 of our kids eat like adults).  Could easily be doubled if your food processor is big enough, or do 2 batches.

1 15oz can garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained, or 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans

2-3 Tbsp. olive oil

1-2 cloves garlic, minced (to taste)

1 sweet bell pepper, chopped

1-Tbsp. lemon juice (to taste)

a handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped (ours came from our garden, you could use just a little Italian seasoning)

1/4-1/2 cup water (or more, depending on how thin/thick you want it, start with the lower amount, you can always add more)

Suggested variations:  skip the basil and use curry powder or cumin for a eastern flavor, or experiment with whatever you have on hand, the beans will take on the flavors you use.  You could also use great northern beans or other white beans in this recipe.

  1. Put all your ingredients in your food processor.022
  2. Pulse a few times to get them started.
  3. Puree for about 2 minutes.  Check your consistency to see if it’s thin enough.  If not, add some water.023
  4. Transfer to a saucepan.  Heat over low heat until hot. 
  5. Serve over pasta or rice.  That’s it.

I hope you enjoy this CHEAP, yummy, dairy-free bean sauce.

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