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Cashew Cream Pasta

Nisha Vora
Pasta paired with my favorite condiment--cashew cream--makes for an easy weeknight dinner. It's popular with picky eaters and tastes indulgent but the sauce is made of wholesome ingredients.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces pasta of choice (340g) use gluten-free pasta as needed
  • 16 ounces shelled organic edamame or chickpeas (454g)
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes (300g)
  • 4 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 5 tablespoons walnuts
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil (10g), thinly slivered

Cashew Cream

  • 1 cup raw cashews (140g) soaked for 8 hours
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons plant-based milk (150 mL)
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt + more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper + more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the directions. When the pasta is al dente, ladle out a bit of the cooking water (1/2-1 cup or 120-240 mL is plenty). Drain the pasta in a colander and return it to the saucepan or to a large bowl.
  • While the pasta is cooking, make the Cashew Cream. Blend all of the ingredients together in a high-powered blender or food processor until smooth and creamy and all cashew bits are pulverized. Scrape down the sides as you go, and add more plant-based milk as needed to achieve your desired texture.
  • While the pasta is still hot, add in the Cashew Cream and toss to coat. It will likely be very thick, so add in some of the reserved pasta water, a few tablespoons at a time until your sauce is still creamy but thin enough to coat the noodles.
  • Add in the edamame, tomatoes, hemp seeds, walnuts, and basil, tossing to coat. Serve warm.
Keyword gluten-free, soy-free, vegan
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