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Vegan Cashew Cream Pasta

Vegan Cashew Cream Pasta

Rich and creamy, yet super light, this Cashew Cream Pasta is the only vegan alfredo you’ll ever need! This dairy-free version blends cashews with nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and veggie bouillon for that copy-cat rich, cheesy flavor.

Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Keyword vegan
Custom Category Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 543 kcal
Author Nidhi Bothra

Ingredients

Pasta:

  • 10 oz pasta , of your choice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups mushrooms , sliced (I used shiitake and baby bella)
  • 1 cup asparagus , blanched and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 cup shallots (onions) , finely chopped
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt , to taste
  • black pepper , to taste
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 greens , washed (I used baby spinach and arugula)
  • microgreens , for garnish
  • pasta water , to adjust consistency

Cashew Cream Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup roasted cashews
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cube vegetable bouillon
  • 2/3 cup pasta water , more as needed

Instructions

  1. To make the cashew cream sauce, blend all of the sauce ingredients until they’re creamy and smooth. Set this aside while we make the pasta.

  2. Cook your pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and reserve at least 2 1/2 cup pasta water.

  3. Heat some olive oil in a separate pan and sauté your garlic and shallot for 1-2 minutes until they become fragrant. Add in your mushrooms and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add in the asparagus, pasta, cashew cream sauce, salt, pepper, oregano, chili flakes, and lemon zest. Let cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Adjust the consistency with some pasta water and fold in your greens. Garnish with some micro greens and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • If you don’t have a veg bouillon cube, blend the sauce with vegetable stock instead of pasta water.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Cashew Cream Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 543 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 774mg22%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 342IU7%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.