This creamy cashew tomato sauce is so decadent that you won’t believe it’s healthy.
Do you like creamy, rich, and decadent pasta sauces? If yes (and I’m pretty sure it’s a yes), you’re going to love this, & I bet you won’t even notice that it’s healthy.
This cashew cream tomato sauce takes only a few minutes to whip up and can easily be made vegan if that’s your thing (just leave out the parm 🙂 ).
This dish is SO fast & easy– seriously, once your pasta water starts to boil it takes 10 minutes and it’s on the table! There’s no prep, no chopping, and no soaking the cashews ahead of time.
I used regular store bought penne pasta but this sauce would be delicious with whole wheat or gluten-free options as well! For how creamy this sauce tastes, you would never guess in a million years that there’s zero milk… or cream… or butter… or dairy of any kind (if you leave out the parm of course).
Dyl and I devoured this for dinner last night, and both agreed it was one of the best things we’ve had in a while. That’s saying something because we’re big foodies here in the Kahl household ❤ !
This sauce would also pair well with a fettuccine or spaghetti, you can check out my homemade pasta recipe here!
If you end up trying this delicious sauce, let me know what you think in the comments below ❤ !
- 1 lb box of penne pasta
- 1 cup of raw cashews
- 1 and 1/2 cups crushed canned tomatoes
- 2 whole garlic cloves, peeled
- 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup hot pasta water
Servings: 4 servings
- Cook penne pasta in salted water according to package directions. This creamy cashew tomato sauce takes just a few minutes to whip up, so wait to start it until the pasta is almost ready.
2. In a blender (I’m using the Ninja smoothie attachment–mine is oversized so you may need to use your regular blender) combine cashews, crushed tomato, oregano, parmesan cheese, & pasta water– wait to take the pasta water until the pasta is almost finished cooking (you want the water to be starchy).
3. Puree the mixture (this should only take a few seconds). Taste for seasoning; add salt & pepper as needed and then mix by hand or pulse a few times in the blender. Note: Be careful when removing the the lid and pouring, as the sauce may be hot from the pasta water. Tip: If your sauce seems too thick, add in a little more pasta water or crushed tomatoes!
4. Pour sauce into a large microwave-safe serving dish (big enough to hold the pasta). If you want your sauce to be extra hot (like me) put it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds prior to adding in the pasta (hence the microwave safe dish). Alternatively, you can heat it up on the stove in a sauce pan for a few minutes (though this takes longer and uses more dishes… just saying).
5. Mix in penne pasta to the sauce & serve!
6. Top with a little parm …
… or A lot!
Can you guess which bowl is Dylan’s and which is mine?
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If you try out this creamy cashew tomato penne pasta recipe let me know what you think in the comments below!
This recipe was adapted and modified from Walder Wellness