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Creamy dreamy Vegan pasta
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Creamy Dreamy Vegan Pasta

 

 

This dish is so downright delicious and deceptively decadent, you won’t believe its made without a drop of cream or butter. Cashews lend a creamy lusciousness to the basil sauce; tricking everyone into thinking they’re eating something naughty. Slow roasting the tomatoes brings even the saddest winter tomatoes back to life, and makes them sweet and juicy. Vegans and non-vegans alike will swoon for this one!

 

By Elizabeth Palmer Califano

 

Serves 2 with leftovers & extra sauce

 

Total Active Time: 25 minutes

Total Inactive Time: 2 hours

 

Roasted Tomatoes:

 

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss 2 cups of halved cherry or grape tomatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil, a pinch of salt, and 4 peeled garlic cloves. Arrange the tomatoes so they’re all facing cut side up, and roast in the oven for 2 hours, until they’ve shrunk down and are sweet and tender.

 

Basil Cream Ingredients:

▪    1 cup raw cashews (soaked for at least one hour and at most overnight)

▪    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

▪    The zest from 1 lemon

▪    2 cloves roasted garlic from your tomatoes

▪    3-4 tablespoons cold water, as needed

▪    1 tablespoon honey

▪    4 tablespoons fresh basil

▪    Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Basil Cream Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a high-speed blender, adding more water as needed, and scraping down the sides of the mixer and blending until you have a creamy, smooth mixture. Season to taste, adding more salt, pepper, or lemon juice as needed.

 

Assembly:

 

  1. Cook 1 package long pasta (try linguini, spaghetti, or pappardelle) in salted water according to package instructions, until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the pasta, ½ the basil cream sauce, the roasted tomatoes, and a splash of the pasta cooking water. Toss well to combine, coating each strand of pasta with sauce.
  3. Add more basil cream and/or pasta cooking water as needed until you have a silky, creamy pasta dish. Garnish with fresh chopped basil, and enjoy!

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