Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Gnocchi, Tomatoes and Parmela!

While I do not particularly miss cheese occasionally I do think about Parmesan cheese.  I have tried a couple of vegan Parmesan replacements but figured it was just as easy to go without. Let's face it they are nothing like Parmesan, or at least what I remember Parmesan to be like.



Sure, I occasionally use some Nutritional Yeast on my pasta but that is not really a Parmesan replacement; it is just another nice topping for pasta.  After hearing so much about it I finally broke down and tried Parmela.  I really had no expectation of Parmesan but what I got was definitively Parmesan!  

With just a few (recognizable) ingredients (nutritious ones to boot) these folks have really nailed it. I am in love with this product! The salt, the bite, the whole thing. I have even given it to a couple of omnivores who have confirmed tastes like Parmesan.  This is probably the best vegan "replacement" product on the market.  

With a couple of garden tomatoes and basil this was a delicious summer meal. Run out and get yourself some Parmela!

Gnocchi, Tomatoes and Parmela

1 lb gnocchi (I used Wegman's brand)
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 handful chiffonade of basil
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 cup olive oil
Parmela for sprinkling

Heat the olive oil and garlic over low heat for a few minutes. You can also do this in the microwave. You do not want the oil to get to hot, just enough to infuse the oil with the garlic flavor.

Prepare the gnocchi according to package directions. Drain, return to the pan and add the olive oil, cherry tomatoes and basil. Toss to coat.

Top with Parmela when serving.

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