Creamy Pasta with Cashew Sauce and Veggies – Option 1

This is a household favorite!  It was inspired by this recipe, but has since diverged.

Raw cashews pureed makes a wonderfully creamy sauce, rich in protein!  You have to try it to believe it.  I don’t think the finished product tastes anything like cashews either.

I’ve posted this recipe before with a more divergent preparation of veggies.  Tonight, I went back to basics and stuck with the carrot and zucchini ribbons.  I really do think the “ribbons” of veggies are totally worth the effort.

Creamy Pasta Recipe

Veggies Ingredient Options, choose one of these or make up your own:

  • OPTION 1:  3 medium carrots and 1 zucchini, in ribbons by using a peeler (Tonight’s Version) – see picture below of what that looks like
  • OPTION 2:  3 medium carrots and 1 small butternut squash, in ribbons by using a peeler
  • OPTION 3:  3 medium carrots, sliced into thin circles and 1 medium acorn squash, cubed

Other ingredients:

  • 8 – 10 oz of whole grain pasta (angel hair or pasta of choice)
  • juice of 1 a lemon (about 3-4 Tablespoons)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup (or more) hot water
  • 1.5 cup raw cashews (I buy the cashew pieces which are less expensive than whole)
  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast (super inexpensive at our local Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Handful of fresh basil (about 1/4 cup or more), thinly sliced
  1. Cook pasta
  2. Saute the veggies until soft, using a lid to help accelerate the process
  3. In a blender, puree lemon juice, water, cashews, nutritional yeast, salt and olive oil.  Add additional water as need to puree into a creamy sauce. [If you have the foresight, put all the ingredients in a blender ahead of time, allowing the cashews to soften up before pureeing.]
  4. Toss pasta, veggies, creamy sauce, and basil.  Serve immediately.

Yup, still fantastic!





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