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Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta

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  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


This luscious creamy tomato pasta is coated in a rich vegan vodka sauce (made with canned tomatoes and cashews!).


  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small or 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste
  • One 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 1 pound short pasta, like cavatappi, rigatoni, or penne
  • Minced parsley or basil, for serving


  1. Place the cashews in a bowl and add enough boiling water to cover. Soak for at least 30 minutes or up to a few hours.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion, garlic, pepper flakes, and salt, and cook until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and black pepper, cover with a lid, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 8-10 minutes, until the sauce is a bit thickened.
  4. Meanwhile, drain the cashews and transfer to a blender or Nutribullet, along with the miso and 1 cup of filtered water. Blend until completely smooth and creamy. Add to the tomato sauce and stir to incorporate. Taste and season with salt, if needed. Turn the heat off.
  5. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Right before draining, reserve about 1 cup of the pasta-cooking water.
  6. Combine the hot pasta with the creamy tomato sauce and 3/4 cup of the reserved pasta water. Stir to combine. Add more pasta water if a creamier consistency is desired. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. Serve immediately.


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of the recipe
  • Calories: 410
  • Carbohydrates: 68.7 g
  • Fiber: 5.8 g
  • Protein: 8.3 g

Keywords: pasta, vodka sauce, creamy, tomato, cashews

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