While many vegetarians have to eschew family food traditions in pursuit of a plant-based diet, there is an ever-growing number of us lucky enough to be raised in a vegetarian household and to learn, from childhood, how to cook and eat healthfully in a vegetarian kitchen. So it was for Mary McCartney—daughter of Paul McCartney of the Beatles and the late Linda McCartney, a rock photographer, musician, and animal rights activist who penned several vegetarian cookbooks and created the vegetarian product line Linda McCartney Foods.
There was a time when I could never decide on what to buy my mom and grandmother for Mother’s Day. They seem to have everything. Thankfully there is one thing that is always exciting: edible gifts. An edible Mother’s Day gifts show that you took the time to plan and prepare a delicious treat. Mom can share with friends, and brag about how talented her child is in the kitchen, or keep it all to herself, thinking about you every time she indulges.
This dish is worth a trip to a gourmet shop or Italian market to find an out-of-the-ordinary pasta such as fusilli col buco. Liquid served from braising vegetables makes a light, brothy sauce for the noodles. If you prefer your pasta on the drier side, don’t add all the braising liquid when stirring the vegetables into the pasta.