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Quick & Dirty Pasta

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recipe image Quick & Dirty Pasta


  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles
  • 5 large cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast,plus garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 stick Country Crock® Plant Butter with Avocado Oil Stick (8 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or plain vingear
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard or yellow mustard


  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

Optional add-ons

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons white truffle oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • handful of freshly chopped herbs (parsley, basil or thyme)
  • Sprinkling of vegan cheese shreds
Energy (kcal)343 kcal
Energy (kJ)1435 kJ
Protein (g)13.9 g
Carbohydrate incl. fibre (g)63.0 g
Carbohydrate excl. fibre (g)58.3 g
Sugar (g)2.6 g
Fibre (g)4.7 g
Fat (g)4.0 g
Saturated fat (g)0.6 g
Unsaturated fat (g)2.5 g
Monounsaturated fat (g)1.8 g
Polyunsaturated fat (g)0.7 g
Trans fat (g)0.0 g
Cholesterol (mg)0 mg
Sodium (mg)481 mg
Salt (g)1.20 g
Vitamin A (IU)259 IU
Vitamin C (mg)2.9 mg
Calcium (mg)45 mg
Iron (mg)2.09 mg
Potassium (mg)232 mg


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Salt generously to season the noodles.
  2. Using the side of your knife, smash the garlic cloves on a cutting board. Remove the papery skin and sprinkle with salt. Continue to smash and chop the garlic until you are left with a paste. Add that to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl. Using a fork, smoosh the Country Crock Plant Butter down until it is soft. Aggressively stir until the mixture is light and fluffy. Spread around the sides of the bowl.
  4. Once the water is to a boil, add the spaghetti noodles. Stir well to prevent sticking. Cook for about 7 minutes and taste a noodle. If still not cooked enough, continue to boil for another minute or two. When ready, do no strain! Bring the bowl close to the pot and using tongs, carefully transfer the noodles. You want the water clinging to the noodles to go into the bowl. Add an additional ¾ cup of pasta water to help moisten the noodles. It will thicken up!
  5. Using the tongs, mix the noodles into the seasoning blend until everything is combined. Cover with a plate and let sit for 5 minutes. For the garnish, combine the thyme, oregano, pepper flakes, and nutritional yeast in a small bowl and mix well. Crush with your fingers to release all of the flavors.
  6. Serve noodles in desired bowls and sprinkle with garnish. Enjoy!
Recipe by Timothy Pakron @mississippivegan

If you don't have tongs, you can add a full cup of pasta water to the bowl and strain the noodles using a colander. But you should buy some tongs, too.