Creamy Tomato Pasta with Zucchini

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I was inspired by this recipe, but I tweaked it to my liking.  And it was GOOD.  Super good!  Very excited about this one and looking forward to having it again.

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  • 8 oz whole wheat pasta of your choice
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 small or 1 large zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and then cut in 1/4″ slices
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked ahead of time in hot water if possible
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil

Cook pasta per package instructions.  Saute garlic in a bit of olive oil, water or broth.  After a few minutes add zucchini.

In a blender, combine tomato paste, tomatoes, cashews, water and wine.  Puree until smooth.  Pour into zucchini saute pan and simmer, covered, until zucchini is tender.  Add salt and pepper, to taste.  Pour over drained pasta and add basil.  Stir and serve immediately.

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