Easy Tomato Basil Cream Pasta

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 10, 2011

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Eric, Steve, Dan, Shayne, and Steve worked on the deck this weekend and they got so much accomplished!

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It almost looks like a deck now. :)

The weather was what the boys called, ‘Deck Building Weather’. Sunny and just warm enough to be comfortable.

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The workstation Eric set up…heh

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View from other end:

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This is the view from our back door:

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Our old deck didn’t extend this far, but we thought it would be really nice to walk straight out onto the deck so we extended the deck about 7 feet or so. I’m very happy about this extension because it will be much easier for me to carry my camera and food to the deck!

If you recall, it used to look like this…

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On Sunday night, I treated Eric to a fancy smancy dinner as a thank you for all his hard work- Vegan Yum Yum’s Tomato Basil Cream Pasta dish that I have been meaning to try for a while now. This dish tastes so much like a traditional cream pasta, you could fool even the toughest critic!

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Easy Tomato Basil Cream Pasta

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Lightly adapted from Vegan Yum Yum.

Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 servings uncooked spaghetti (I used Kamut)
  • 1 large ripe tomato or two smaller tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, minced (I used 3)
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp water or wine, (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil, finely chopped

 

Directions:

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Chop tomato and add it to the blender (including skin and seeds). Now add the cashews, water, and tomato paste. Blend until smooth.

2. Add your pasta to boiling water and cook pasta according to package directions.

3. Meanwhile, add olive oil to a large skillet and heat to low. Add the minced garlic and sauté for a few minutes being careful not to burn it.

4. Pour the sauce from the blender into the skillet, stir, and bring to a simmer. Add the salt and let it cook for 4-5 minutes, watching closely. You may add water or wine to thin out the sauce to you desired consistency, but this is not necessary.

5. Remove sauce from heat and stir in the chopped basil and pepper. Once the pasta is done cooking, rinse and drain it. Add the drained pasta back in the pot and now gradually add pasta sauce until your desired amount is achieved. Stir and serve immediately. Makes 2 servings, likely with sauce leftover.

 

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I love making pasta sauces because with just a few ingredients you can create something that tastes so gourmet and special.

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And this was one of the best creamy pasta sauces I have ever tasted, vegan or otherwise. It is right up there with 15 minute Creamy Avocado Pasta!

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This was also one of those moments when Eric and I looked at each other and said, ‘Can you believe this is vegan?’ I find that cashew cream sauces can be a bit bland, but this one was fantastic (probably due to the basil, tomato, and garlic trio adding so much flavaaaa).

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Time to get to work and then I’m off to another Moksha hot yoga class at lunchtime. Ange took me to my first hot yoga class on the weekend and I loved it. Many of you have been telling me for a long time now that a class is so different from a DVD and I must say you are 100% right! I will give a recap of my experience on the blog shortly.

Have a great day Sun

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Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) May 10, 2011 at 7:37 am

i LOVE how this sauce is creamy! the ‘cream’ aspect makes is much more interesting than traditional tomato sauces! the deck is LOOKINg great!!!

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Madge June 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Got it! Tanhks a lot again for helping me out!

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Donna @ Love, Run & Travel May 10, 2011 at 7:39 am

What an amazing recipe Angela!
Eating vegan is a treat when i make your recipes
Enjoy your yoga, i’m hoping to try hot yoga out as soon as i can drag myself to my gyms Guelph location where its offered
Way to go on the deck :)

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Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 10, 2011 at 7:40 am

Even the pictures look just like the real deal! Awesome suggestion of adding tomato paste to the cashews.

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Julie @ Shining From Within May 10, 2011 at 7:45 am

ahh! I was browing through Vegan Yum Yum’s cookbook the other day and almost made this too! It looks soooooo good. I agree, yoga on a DVD is so different from a studio. I like both but prefer going to a studio for a much more relaxing and intense yoga session. :) I love the wood deck.. so rustic!

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Kate (Bread & Chocolate) May 10, 2011 at 7:51 am

I just can’t get enough pesto. May need to start growing basil…

We’re both container gardening right now, and I’m tickled to see my plants are actually growing! The spinach leaves are large enough to eat. Here’s a raw, vegan spinach “slaw” you might enjoy. Nice bright colors and flavors.

http://bread-n-chocolate.blogspot.com/2011/05/straight-from-crate-spinach-slaw.html

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Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 10, 2011 at 7:57 am

I love fairly simple pasta recipes! I really think I’d enjoy the addition of the cashews.

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Liz @ Blog is the New Black May 10, 2011 at 7:57 am

Looks delicious- I am not surprised!

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Christine @ Merf In Progress May 10, 2011 at 8:03 am

I’m definitely making this for my husband. I made my first vegan creamy pasta this weekend and he really liked it!

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Laura @ Starting Out Fit May 10, 2011 at 8:08 am

Oh this recipe looks fantastic!!! I think I just might have to add it to my meal plan for next week! :)

p.s. your deck is coming along great! can’t wait to see the end result.

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Andrea B. @ Vegvacious May 10, 2011 at 8:08 am

This pasta looks great! I love the tomato/basil combo ~ especially in the summer when you can add it to pastas, salads and all sorts of grilled creations.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 10, 2011 at 8:09 am

Ooh yum, the cream sauce sounds delicious! I’ve never tried making a cashew-based sauce myself but this looks really easy. The deck looks like it’s coming along really really well! Have a lovely time at yoga today. I wish I could be there too instead of at work – sweat lots for me! :)

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Amanda May 10, 2011 at 8:09 am

I’m not vegan but I have friends who are and I never know what to make when they visit. This recipe will be at the top of the list though. It looks wonderful and in a couple months I can make it mostly out of my garden :)

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megan @ whatmegansmaking May 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

That deck is looking really good! And so is that pasta :) yum!!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg May 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

This looks incredible Angela! I love tomato basil soup, so this is up my alley.

The deck is turning out wonderful!

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kaila @ healthy helper! May 10, 2011 at 8:12 am

I love vegan cream sauces! I actually prefer them to regular cream sauces! There is something about them that is so light and refreshing but still creamy and rich. Thanks!

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Brooke (Baking with Basil) May 10, 2011 at 8:13 am

This might have to be my dinner tonight! I made pesto with cashews which was amazing. I can only imagine how good this is. Thanks for sharing! Your deck is coming along great!!

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 10, 2011 at 8:17 am

I need to make this ASAP. Gorgeous and the flavor sounds divine!

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Leah (The Kind Weight Watcher) May 10, 2011 at 8:19 am

This looks amazing! I made your creamy avocado pasta a couple of weeks ago, and it was a huge hit with my omniverous boyfriend. :-) And with me, of course!

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Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 10, 2011 at 8:25 am

The deck is coming along great! I am sure you are feeling doing it yourself.. rather then dishing out the 30K that you were quoted!

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Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner May 10, 2011 at 8:27 am

That definitely does not look vegan! I would never think to use cashews to make sauce creamy.

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Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers May 10, 2011 at 8:28 am

This looks great! Just emailed it to myself so I don’t forget to try it.

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jesse May 10, 2011 at 8:31 am

Can’t wait to try this – moving into a new house in a couple weeks where deck building is required so maybe I’ll have to save this recipe for then!

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Kim A. May 10, 2011 at 8:44 am

I’ve made this recipe from Vegan Yum Yum a few times and love it too. I add more tomato, tomato paste and basil to mine. I plan on making this the next time I have company and I need to whip up something quick.

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Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans May 10, 2011 at 8:48 am

Wow that pasta looks so yummy…and I can hardly believe its vegan too! :)

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AdrienneCarolyn May 10, 2011 at 8:53 am

Have fun at Moksha! I do it about once a month as a treat to myself! Love it :-)

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[email protected] May 10, 2011 at 8:53 am

That looks delicious! I love creamy tomato sauces, and I’m sure I’d love one made with cashews instead of cheese :-)

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Carar @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. May 10, 2011 at 9:00 am

Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks so amazing. I may try a creamy recipe with nutritional yeast added in as well as cashews!

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Valerie @ City|Life|Eats May 10, 2011 at 9:03 am

This dish is one of my favorites from Vegan Yum Yum :) I think I am going to follow your adaptation and add more garlic (I think that was one of the things missing when I made it last time).

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm

The garlic was great…:)

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Amanda (Eating Up) May 10, 2011 at 9:08 am

That looks beautiful, and I’m not even a huge pasta fan!

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Grace @ Healthy Dreaming May 10, 2011 at 9:09 am

This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

Good luck with all the construction! It really is coming together!

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Shanna, Like Banana May 10, 2011 at 9:13 am

Oh my goodness this looks wonderful and I’ve been really wanting to try cashews as part of a cream sauce! Thanks for the recipe!

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty May 10, 2011 at 9:15 am

Mmmmm this would be SO good with Fresh Summer Tomatoes!! YUM!

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katie May 10, 2011 at 9:15 am

oh boy this looks decadent and delicious. eric is a lucky guy! I’m now choosing between making this and your avocado cream sauce pasta dish.. the deck is coming along great, it looks like it will be an awesome spot for summer get togethers!

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Emily May 10, 2011 at 9:16 am

Hey Angela,
This pasta sounds so delicious……..just wondering if it would be good to reheat for the next day? As your Avocado sauce wasn’t good for reheating!
Thanks again for another awesome dish =0)
P.S. Glad to hear that you’re enjoying the Hot Yoga! Are you going to the James Snow Pky and Main St. Location (Milton)??

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Hey Emily!
We didn’t have any leftovers so I’m not sure how it would reheat. I would guess that it would reheat much better than the avocado one though!

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Katy (The Singing Runner) May 10, 2011 at 9:19 am

Mmmm looks delicious!

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Amber K May 10, 2011 at 9:25 am

Wow, wow, wow! I am so impressed. I immediately e-mailed this to my husband so he could get a preview of what may be coming sometime in the days to follow :)

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Ashley May 10, 2011 at 9:43 am

This recipe will be a definite winner in this house!! The deck is looking fabulous…way to go Eric!!!!

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Nicole @ Fresh & Fit May 10, 2011 at 9:47 am

The deck is coming along nicely! I can’t wait to see the final product!

That tomato is the juiciest looking tomato I think I have ever seen! The sauce looks delicious!

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Bronwyn May 10, 2011 at 9:49 am

The tomato in your photo looks absolutely perfect. It’s the perfect tomato red shade.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm

It was sitting on the window sill for 2 weeks…no joke!!

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Gina @RunningtotheKitchen May 10, 2011 at 9:52 am

This looks so tasty. I’ve made your avocado cream pasta a couple times now so I can’t wait to try this one.

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chelsea May 10, 2011 at 10:06 am

The deck is coming along so nicely! It will be so worth all the wait and hard work!! Your pasta looks so great! I’ll have to try this cream sauce. Normally when I cook vegan I make a sauce from veganaise, water and nutritional yeast and I love it! I haven’t tried any of your creamy sauces, because I never have cashews.

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ellen May 10, 2011 at 10:09 am

Hi Angela,
I saw you had trouble finding organic soil and wanted to follow up because I told you that you could find it at the store… :-( the kind we get is called Coast of Maine. It’s not sold in Canada but their website has a special order program for Canada. http://www.coastofmaine.com/dealers.shtml
Hope this is helpful! I think you are already all set but maybe it will help for next year.
Can’t wait to see your home grown veggies :) And the deck looks great!
Ellen

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm

thanks so much!

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Heather (heathers dish) May 10, 2011 at 10:13 am

Everything looks perfectly done…nothing like a fabulous bowl of pasta!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit May 10, 2011 at 10:23 am

I can’t wait for us to get going on our yard in June, yours is an inspiration to us all! Great pasta dish too :)

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Roz May 10, 2011 at 10:25 am

Glad the deck is progressing well. Great looking recipe, thanks for sharing.

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susie May 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

I will so be making this! I am a huge fan of your 15 min creamy avocado pasta! It’s a staple in our house! The deck is moving along nicely!!!

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Namaste Gurl May 10, 2011 at 10:41 am

I have A LOT of basil on hand currently, so this pasta dish couldn’t have been more timely! I think I could get away with adding some nooch, too :)

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Tori (@eat-tori) May 10, 2011 at 10:45 am

Loving this. Just the thing to get the indulgent creamy pasta kick, without having to try and squeeze into my jeans. Brilliant- thank you!

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Leah @ simply fabulous May 10, 2011 at 10:53 am

I always make pasta sauces for Sophie’s meals and this sounds like a must try! As soon as I rule out any potential allergies :)

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Ragnhild May 10, 2011 at 10:55 am

I have the Vegan Yum Yum cookbook too, and I have always been meaning to make this dish. But I still havent:( Your photos looks great, maybe I finally will make it:)

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

Pasta perfection!

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) May 10, 2011 at 11:03 am

This recipes sounds sooooo good Ange. I’m def making it next time B and I have a craving for creamy pasta. He’s got high cholesterol, so we def don’t get to have cream sauces very often, but this one will be PERFECT! I think I’ll tell him its vegan after just for fun ;) Thank for this recipe. :)

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Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) May 10, 2011 at 11:20 am

This looks awesome! I love creamy pastas :)

xo

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Vanessa May 10, 2011 at 11:31 am

I just made your creamy barley risotto last night for me and the bf, and we both loved it! I’m thinking about adding a little bit of cooked spinach and fresh basil for my leftovers, but it was delicious as is.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Im glad you enjoyed it….mmm we have it once every two weeks we love it so much!

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Michelle (your girlfriend for fitness) May 10, 2011 at 11:34 am

I will have to check this out soon, I was in love with the avocado cream pasta and that was my first thought when I saw this post.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 10, 2011 at 11:50 am

That looks super delicious! The deck is looking good too!

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Gina May 10, 2011 at 11:55 am

I have to try this!! I love your creamy avocado pasta and I make it about once a week so I’m sure this will get added to the regular rotation. O and sometimes I use cilantro instead of the basil in the creamy avocado pasta and it is delicious!

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Lizz @ Leading the Good Life May 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Oh my, your deck is looking wonderful! Great job guys!

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Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food May 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm

You are my sauce hero! I love the creamy concoctions you come up with! I can’t wait to try this! :-)

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Nichole (Flirting with Food, Fitness & Fashion) May 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm

So yum! I can’t wait to make this dish!

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Baking 'n' Books May 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I love cashews – didn’t realize it could make a creamy sauce! Wonder if I could pry myself away from my marinara and cheese though…;)

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[email protected] May 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm

MMMMMMM this looks soooo good! so simple too. I love the idea of having a deck, so unique and fun~

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Emily @ Savory and Savage May 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I have been making an effort to include more vegan meals into my diet and this one looks amazing!

And I have been craving Alfredo sauce and this recipe is going to fit the bill!

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Brittany @B Out There May 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Great, now I can’t decide whether to test this recipe, or the creamy avocado pasta out on my 4 year old picky-eating kid brother. Both look amazing. You’ve made this so hard for me ;)
Also absolutely can’t wait to see your finished deck. love. after. pics.

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Natalie S. May 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

LOVE this recipe! My meat-eater boyfriend could not believe it was vegan!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Same with Eric…he said I Swear there is cream in this! hehe. :)

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Erin May 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I can’t wait to read about your Moksha yoga class. I’ve been doing Bikram yoga (a series of 26 postures done twice in a 105 degree F room) for a couple months now and absolutely love it!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm

The pasta shot right above where you have the recipe written is just PERFECT! Submit thee. :)

The recipe of course looks great, too!

And you are sure coming along on the gardening stuff…wow! My husband has never unloaded the dishwasher or cooked me a meal in 12 years. All that gardening work…Foreign.Concept. Mine plays Barbies with Skylar though like a champ…lol :)

Off to meet Marla. Wish you were with us!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

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not sure if you get notifications of it, but it’s there :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Im having majaaaaa issues with my commenting right now. So many comments are randomly flying into moderation for no reason! I cant figure it out. :(
I do moderate them a few times a day though, so they eventually do get posted.

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Destini May 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm

This looks great! I loved your avocado spaghetti. I will for sure be making this :) Your deck looks like it will be HUGE! I am very jealous :)

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Moni'sMeals May 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Now this is the sauce for me. In fact I am making it tonight for date night. :) Thanks!

Look at the progress on the deck, you guys are m-o-t-i-v-a-t-e-d, eh?!

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Rebecca May 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Speaking of pasta, just wanted to tell you that I LOVE YOU and your 15-minute avocado pasta! It just changed my life. I’m in Cannes for the film festival running around and this is my official go-to meal — so quick, so easy to make (even in this tiny hotel-apt i am staying in), filling and DELICIOUS. Keep em coming, any other ideas for quick, filling but healthy meals are welcome! Bisous from Cannes!

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Meredith May 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Have a great time at Moksha! I’ve been going regularly to the Halifax studio for about 2 years now, and am completely obsessed!

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Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit May 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm

making this tonight! YUM!

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Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm

The deck is looking awesome! And that tomato is seriously perfection. So red and plump!

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Meg May 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I am totally cooking this recipe tonight and if it is good I am blogging about it tomorrow! Yay! I love vegan pasta recipes! :) The deck looks great too. Good work hubby!

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Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL May 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm

This looks delish! Definitely something everyone would like.

http://goldhearted.etsy.com

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Congrats on the deck progress!

This sauce sounds fantastic with the creaminess from the cashews! After trying your avocado sauce, I’d follow you blindly into any sauce., :)

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Angel7 May 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I have never had a cashew cream sauce, but it sounds good!

The pasta looks so good, and is making me hungry right now being that it is dinnertime!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn May 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm

This sounds seriously delicious. I wish my deck was that nice this time of year!! We have to clean it so badly! Haha

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Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble May 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm

You’re going to have a great time out on your huge deck this summer! How exciting!

The pasta looks super yummy, flavorful and creamy! Can’t wait to try it out with some gluten free pasta!

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Anzo May 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm

This looks divine! What type of wine would you reccommend in substitute of the water? Merlot? Or a white?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2011 at 10:09 am

White was recommended :)

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Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm

oooh! I cannot wait to try this! It sounds so delicious!

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Katherine May 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm

OK, I am here to tell everyone to make this NOW. This is seriously one of the best things I’ve eaten in a long time. I added white beans and broccoli florets to my pasta to add some bulk and it is the most perfect meal. I planned on saving half for lunch tomorrow but I’m not sure that’s going to happen…Thank you Angela!

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Sam May 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

This looks awesome, definitely going to try it. I’m not vegan (or vegetarian) but I love dishes that don’t include animal products!!

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Molly @ RDexposed May 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm

What gets better than tomato+bail+fresh mozz?! Caramel and chocolate is neck and neck with it!

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Jen May 10, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious – thanks for the recipe!! Can’t wait to make it with tomatoes and basil from the garden!! My 4 year old said it needed more tomatoes ;)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

That’s awesome that the deck is coming along so well! Just in time for a May 24 BBQ, right? :D

I’m excited to hear about your hot yoga experience. I think I’m trying out my first class next week!

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Sarah May 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Holy YUM! It looked amazing and easy and I had everything already in my cabinet (and garden!) except the tomato paste (and garlic french gread I added)! So delicious that my 5 year old slurped it up! Of course with her side salad of romaine and english cucumber with feta crumbles (I know, I am a lucky mom!) Only suggestion to make slightly more kid friendly was about half the pepper and a touch less basil. This is an amazing recipe and my first time creating a vegan “cream” sauce. I cannot wait to serve this to my completely-carnivorous-and-won’t-touch-veggies-in-anything-but-complete-puree-form fiance! Thanks!!

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Karlee @olivewineandfood May 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm

that is the best looking tomato i’ve ever seen

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Aja May 10, 2011 at 8:04 pm

That looks so good! I must make it.

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[email protected] May 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm

You and your creamy sauces…one word…brilliant!! Well maybe two words because I think DELISH is fitting as well :)

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Marissa May 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm

hi, i notice you use a lot of cashews in your cooking. i was wondering if you buy them in a store or online in bulk? if you buy them online, would you mind sharing your source? i’ve looked around and have found them, but they are a little pricey. thanks!

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Christy May 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm

This looks amazing! I love your creamy avocado noodles and am really excited to make this one! I’ve never actually used cashews in cooking before. But I love ’em so I’m anxious to try.

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Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} May 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

This dish was already on my meal plan for this week! :-) I love Vegan Yum Yum. I agree that the fresh basil is key in adding great flavor to this dish.

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[email protected] Dishes Daily May 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm

What a crazy but amazing dish. I’m definitely going to print this one out.

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 10, 2011 at 10:45 pm

That is going to be a HUGE deck!!! Awesome!!!!

I will absolutely be making this recipe. I love your vegan alfredo, and this sounds just as good!

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Christina @ The Athletarian May 10, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I have made the one off Vegan Yum Yum and it is super delicious! Your looks just as good! Can’t wait to try it with your adaptations!

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Hannah May 11, 2011 at 2:49 am

I have honestly never eaten a tomato cream pasta dish, having grown up with a mother allergic to wheat, tomatoes, and dairy. I can’t wait to try this!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes May 11, 2011 at 6:20 am

I love hopw creamy this looks without actually containing any cream!

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Justeen @ Blissful Baking May 11, 2011 at 7:21 am

Perfect timing – I was just craving pasta wth tomato cream sauce the other night! It looks DELICIOUS!

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Jena May 11, 2011 at 7:47 am

I really love how you’ve been including home renovations and gardening updates in your posts! Your deck looks like it is coming along great! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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[email protected] May 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I made this last night! It was so delicious. Never would have thought to add cashews to a sauce. Thank you for sharing it!

love, dana

p.s. come stop by and say hi! I’ve got some Sur la table $ to give away :)

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rachel May 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm

i made this last night and….it’s my new favorite sauce! seriously.
also, i used jarred tomato sauce in place of the tomato paste, since i didn’t have any. about a tablespoon and a half.

delicious!

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Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa May 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm

YUM YUM! (haha). This looks amazing.

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Mary May 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I tried this recipe for dinner tonight. It was fabulous!!! My husband liked it too, and was amazed at how creamy it tasted with no actual cream.

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Fashimi May 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm

This looks seriously delicious. I’m going to make this tonight – my first Oh She Glows meal ever! x

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AGS @ West With Flight May 12, 2011 at 7:56 am

First — kudos to Eric and all your friends who are making such impressive progress on the deck.

Second — I cannot wait to try this. I “fooled” my husband with a vegan mock vodka sauce pasta dish awhile ago (used pureed white beans). . . so this will be next up on the list when we have pasta.

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Sam @ the neurotic yogini May 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Looks yummy lady. And what a beautiful TOMATO!

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jackie May 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Hello,

I made your Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta for dinner tonight. WOW! This completely exceeded my expectations! My fiance (who never likes anything healthy) even agreed he liked it!

Thank you for sharing!

Jackie

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Sara May 25, 2011 at 11:02 am

If this is anything like that avocado pasta, I know I’m going to love it! I can’t wait to try this recipe out! :D

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mia May 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm

thank you for this recipe! I just tried it and it is soooo good! I am not a vegan but due to my lactose intolerance I like to cook a lot vegan…so your blog is great!!!! Love your blog!

bisous,
mia

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm

thanks Mia!

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Sandra May 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

made this recipe yesterday ..it was soo creamy and the flavor so good. it wasnt bland at all. I did use 4 garlic cloves . my husband loved it and wanted more. easy and yum and healthy! thanks for the recipe

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Jaime April 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm

This was delicious! Thanks for posting!

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lynda hiltz June 4, 2012 at 10:13 am

that looks delicious! my kids will luv- yes to hot yoga – been teaching hot yoglates for 10 years – awesome!!!!!

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darlene tenopala June 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

So good, my 3 yr old ate two big bowls of it .

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Teri [a foodie stays fit] June 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I made this tonight – it was FANTASTIC! And I loved not having to worry about getting sick like I always do after eating dairy-based cream sauces! :)

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Laura July 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Just made it for my family, & it tastes delicious! Thanks, Angela!

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Sherri Lane August 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

OMG! This is so good! Made it tonight for the first time. This recipe is a keeper.

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Molly September 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I just made this for my boyfriend and I and we loved it! I love recipes that I can whip up using ingredients that are kitchen staples. I added the 3-4 tablespoons of red wine and it gave it great depth. Thanks again!

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Susan September 6, 2012 at 5:54 am

Made it last night for dinner. Creamy, flavorful & delicious.
Served it over vegan ravioli (purchased at whole foods).

Another winner.

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Vanessa September 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Made this tonight it was DELICIOUS….even my husband liked it and he wasn’t so excited about me making a Vegan meal. My goal for the month of September is to have no Meat days and have dinner be Vegan. Thanks for all recipes to help me reach my goal.

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Whytney September 7, 2012 at 2:08 am

Eating this right now. O. M. G. No words. Seriously no words.

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Cyrille September 11, 2012 at 2:42 am

Hi Angela,

Got all your ingredients and I am going to try and make this for my date tonight! I am excited!! :)

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Emily September 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I made this tonight along with some roasted cherry tomatoes and seared squash. My mom and I loved it!

I also added some roasted tomato juice while the sauce simmered–highly recommended.

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val September 13, 2012 at 12:34 am

This is hands down now my favorite vegan recipe it’s on our weekly menu yummo!

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Liz October 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Just finished having this for dinner. It is absolutely delicious! It makes me think of a healthy tomato-based pesto. The cashews add some protein and a texture of parmesan cheese which makes it very filling. I will definitely be making this again. It was so easy tasty!

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kim @ vegan mama November 29, 2012 at 12:35 am

I made this a few days ago, and my almost 10 month old LOVED it! I don’t think I’ve ever seen her gobble something up so quickly. And the adults loved it as well – going into our rotation, for sure!

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Krista December 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I love love love this sauce! Today I used the leftovers as a dip with some rice crackers – AMAZING!!!! I think my next batch will be used as dip for veggies/crackers instead if on pasta since it’s so good!

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Vanessa January 7, 2013 at 4:05 am

I made this tonight and the whole family loved it. It gave me the same satisfaction as a sauce that actually uses cream.
Your blog is fabulous! Funny thing is that I am Canadian and used to live in Toronto. However, I recently discovered your blog here in Australia where I have been living for 1.5 years. I can’t wait to try more recipes. Although I am not a vegan, I love healthy cooking and have greatly reduced our dairy and meat intake.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 7, 2013 at 8:34 am

So glad you liked it Vanessa! Have fun in Australia :)

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Eric Fratch January 18, 2013 at 2:09 am

We tried this recipe tonight and found that it is missing a critical dimension. The cashews wash out the spicy bite of garlic and leave it a little bland. I would recommend adding some more spice of your choice to give it more flavor to balance the sweet-ish creamy flavor from the cashews. Also, add more salt rather than less for better flavor.

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Eloïse January 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Delicious! Love the texture and creaminess! I did not have enough basil, maybe that’s why it was missing a kick. I added an onion with the garlic. Next time I might add a little something… Green olives or sun dried tomatoes. This sauce is an awesome base to play with. Will make it again. My meateater hubby likes it so I’m happy!

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Natalia January 21, 2013 at 3:01 am

I used this recipe for a nice Sunday dinner and I have to say that it was very tasty! So simple to make with only a small number of ingredients. I couldn’t believe it was vegan!
This is definitely something I will make again. Thank you!

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Heather February 14, 2013 at 12:14 am

Hi Angela,
This looks delish! And I’m going to make it as a part of my Valentine’s Day feast tomorrow! I was wondering what you think about adding a touch of spice – some chili, maybe? Not having tasted the dish yet, I wasn’t sure if it would compete, or if you had an idea for the best way to spice it up. Thanks!

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kayla March 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Just made this tonight and it was honestly one of the best entrees i have EVER had. I had my little brother taste it and he LOVED IT. love you blog and all of your recipes!

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Elena Perez March 24, 2013 at 10:04 am

Yummy!!!!!!
Cooked pasta for dinner yesterday, basil and nuts give special flavor!
Thank you Angela.

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Mandy March 26, 2013 at 11:00 am

This is our fav recipe on ur site. I add 3tbsp of nutritional yeast to the sauce! Mmm so good.

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Amber April 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm

This was amazing! So tasty!

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Jennifer June 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I am so interested in eating more vegan meals, but everything always has tree nuts in it! I am severely allergic to all tree nuts. Would sunflower seeds be an acceptable substitute in this recipe? Or any recipe for that matter?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Im sorry but Im not sure as I havent tried any other nut or seed in this before. if you try it, let me know. thanks!

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Annie July 19, 2013 at 7:15 am

I might be late to the party, but I made this dish for dinner last night. WOW! I loved it. Randomly throughout the night after dinner I would look over to my boyfriend and say, “Man that was some good sauce…” haha! It was awesome!

I added few squirts of Siracha because I food with a kick.

Thanks for this awesome recipe!

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Shannon August 7, 2013 at 10:29 pm

I made this tonight with sauteed garlicky mushrooms/kale and vegan sausages. It was super duper delicious! Thank you!!

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Mary Marshall August 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm

This is a wonderful sauce! I’ve been looking for a creamy sauce that isn’t too “nutty” tasting or without adding Nutritional Yeast (sometimes I just tire of that flavor). This one definitely hit the spot! I didn’t even have tomato paste, but this came out great…I used veggie broth instead of water to give it some extra flavor.

I was trying to use up the fresh veggies I got in my CSA from the Farmer’s Market this week, so I actually paired this recipe with your Eggplant Parmesan. I made the eggplant cutlets, then put this sauce over them. Delicious!

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Franziska August 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe! I am staying away from dairy for some weeks (just want to see how that goes), so this is just genius. I also tried an dessert recipe from your page, a chocolate cake with an almond crust an an coconut-dark chocolate filling. Was great, too!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm

wow! we tried this tonight, and this is one of very few recipes that has received rave reviews on my first try! Both my husband and my daughter loved this! My dairy-intolerant daughter asked if I was sure there was no cheese in it :). Thank you, this one’s a keeper!

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Michelle August 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm

This was surprisingly delicious, creamy, and SUPER EASY TO MAKE! I am new to this vegan lifestyle and your website has really helped make it a smooth transition for a mom of 2 boys & husband that are not vegan. Thank you!

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Sheila August 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Just made this for the non-vegan boyfriend! Delish :]

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Haya September 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Hi Angela,
Thank you for the wonderful recipe. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for cashew substitutes in recipes like this, though. I’m somehow allergic to all nuts except peanuts and almonds, so unfortunately, cashews are off-limits for me. I would love to try making this pasta but I’m just not sure what to use in place of the cashews.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 3, 2013 at 8:18 am

You might be able to get away with using soaked almonds? I would try soaking them for 10 hours or so, pop the skins off (Or simply used blanched almonds from the get go) and then blend as usual. Almonds might not get as smooth as cashews though, so that’s something to keep in mind. Let me know how it goes if you try it out!

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Nina Mosley November 6, 2013 at 10:55 pm

I made this tonight. It is so creamy and delicious. I didn’t have tomatoe paste and it was great with out it.

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[email protected] January 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

I just made this tonight for dinner! Such amazing flavours and texture! Thanks for the recipe!

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Johanna March 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

I know that this comment is not very timely; I’m not even sure if you will ever read it. I have had this recipe in my to-do box for a long time now. Although it is winter time and not the best time to buy tomatoes and basil, I made this last night and it was so good. It tastes like summertime. I was eating the sauce with a spoon. I do not have a blender and did it in the food processor. I’m sure it was not as smooth as was intended, but it was really really delicious. It is a dish I will make again and again.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Hey Johanna, So happy you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for your feedback.

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BB March 24, 2014 at 11:56 pm

WONDERFUL!!! I LOVE YOUR SITE!! I doubled the garlic and added 1/4 cup if pinot gris wine and a pinch of red pepper flake. Thank you!! EXCELLENT!!!

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BB March 28, 2014 at 12:54 am

I am so happy I found your website! I made this recipe yesterday…..SO GOOD! Being a huge garlic fan, I doubled the garlic and added a pinch of red pepper flake. (the only deviation from your recipe). I thinned the sauce down a little with about a 1/4 cup white wine. I will be making this again soon. I have your website bookmarked now. I am now referring to myself as oh HE GLOWS! I also loved your tahini-lemon dressing!!! Thank you so much!!!

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Goldenera April 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm

I just made this. Easy, rich tasting without making one feel heavy. I used a ready-made spaghetti sauce instead and added the cashew to that. I sauteed the mushrooms and onions and added the sauce to that. Excellent recipe! Thank you.

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Erica April 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm

This is so incredibly simple and delicious that I can’t wait to make and enjoy it again! I LOVE it!!

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Nolakent May 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm

I made this last night for friends; it was ridiculously easy to make (with my brand new Vitamix!), and it was SO delicious! Plus, my friends could not believe that there was no cream or butter or cheese in the sauce! Oh, and I used your suggestion, mixing lots of julienned squash and zucchini into the warm pasta to make it even healthier. Incidentally, I also got your cookbook this week; I can’t wait to keep trying more of your creations!

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Nichole September 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

This is similar to the recipe you have in your cookbook. It’s has a few more ingredients but that’s ok because it was amazing! This is the best pasta dish to whip up in 20 mins that I have ever had! Even my kids liked it and that’s good news to me. Thank you so much for such a great easy recipe.

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Joanne September 24, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Hi – No soaking the cashews on this one?

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chairman Meowz October 3, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Just made this recipe tonight from the cookbook and holy vegan sticks, it was AMAZING! Thank you so much

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Madelynne October 27, 2014 at 12:56 am

Oh my goodness. This sauce is amazing. Made a double batch and am going to have it for lunches all week! Delish!

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Donelle November 18, 2014 at 12:49 am

Just made the Luxurious Tomato-Basil Pasta from the OSG Cookbook. Dreeeeamy, addictive, easy and quick – thanks!

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Kirsten December 10, 2014 at 10:42 am

I made this for dinner last night and it was AMAZING!
Fairly quick and easy too!
Definitely will make it again!! :)

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Anisha February 27, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Do the cashews have to be soaked?

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Neala April 8, 2015 at 5:35 pm

This meal was incredible!

I did make a few adjustments however; I sautéed the garlic and pureed it with the rest of the sauce, and instead of leaving the fresh basil whole, I pureed it as well! In addition, I added mushrooms! Absolutely phenomenal!

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Mary smith June 18, 2015 at 11:44 am

This is a wonderful sauce. An additional idea: use it on yellow squash pasta for a healthier and oh- so-delicious dish! I found a great little gadget made by Gefu. It looks like a little black hourglass and makes yellow squash into fettuccine – magnifico.
Steam it in a skillet with a little water, then finish it with a little olive oil. Add Angela’s sauce (and you can even cheat and make it with a little canned tomato sauce), top with basil and surround it with halved cherry tomatoes. My guests could not believe it was not pasta. Don’t overdo cooking it or it will not be al dente. Its really fun to make!
Thanks again Angela, for all your great recipes!!!

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katie July 7, 2015 at 2:05 pm

I have been making this for over a year and I love it! My husband loves it too, and the word “vegan” usually scares him away. It also freezes really well so I usually make a double batch and freeze half of it before I put in the basil.

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Tam August 21, 2015 at 6:41 am

I love this recipe and make it at least once a fortnight if not more. I started with the exact method described but after having it a few times I’ve adapted it by adding chopped mushrooms after frying the garlic, plus nutritional yeast (just under 1/4 cup) and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper, plus 1/2 tsp of chipotle when I have it. It’s one of our favorite meals, thanks so much for sharing this recipe! ❤️

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Jaclyn August 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Do you soak the cashews before using them in this recipe?

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Karen August 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Just made this for brunch (what?!), and it’s so delicious! I may add a tablespoon of vodka next time for a vodka cream sauce. I used to love that stuff, but have never found a vegan substitute.

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Carla January 3, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Mhhhh, sooo creamy and good! :) Thank you for the recipe!

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Julia January 10, 2016 at 9:02 pm

Just made this tonight – wow. So delicious. Will be making again for sure.

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Joy March 3, 2016 at 6:38 pm

This was DELICIOUS! Even my carnivorous and turn-up-your-nose-at-veganism said it was good and he scarfed it down! Thank you for your wonderful recipes!

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Angela Liddon March 4, 2016 at 6:39 pm

Hi Joy, I’m happy to hear the pasta was a hit! :)

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Tiffany March 28, 2016 at 10:46 pm

Hi Angela!

I made this recipe from your book and LOVED it! Thank you! I’ve made it 2-3 times already. Tonight we enjoyed it with a mix of whole wheat pasta and zucchini noodles. Thank you!!

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Tiffany March 28, 2016 at 10:47 pm

Forgot to mention. But in case anyone is wondering – I doubled the recipe and it came out great. Even though I doubled the recipe I kept the cashews to 1/2cup and the sauce was still very creamy.

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LR July 12, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Made this for dinner yesterday for the family. Overall it took me an hour or so to finish it up, but mostly just waiting for the pasta to cook (we also made a Caesar salad and garlic bread, which paired great!). The sauce was amazing!! It was a hit for my parents who both Latinos who love their carne asada. Not so much for my older sis who hates tomato tho. But she did enjoy the tuna free tuna salad I made a while back! Will definitely be making this again! Maybe even prep the sauce a day ahead so I could just focus on the pasta! Love your blog, your recipes, and your beautiful life!! Keep the goodness coming :D

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Audrey Sonntag August 22, 2016 at 11:40 am

This was wonderful!

Instead of raw cashews I used raw cashew butter. I happen to be on vacation at an airbnb. The place has a blender but it looked like it was from the 80s and I doubted it’s ability to blend the cashews into creaminess. Used 1/3 of a cup, and put it into the blender with the tomatoes. Worked like a charm. Also, I say this as a non-vegan who is lactose intolerant… I splurge and eat cheese every once in awhile so I definitely remember what it’s like, and this gets really close to a real tomato cream sauce. Loved it.

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Angela Liddon August 23, 2016 at 2:07 pm

It’s great to hear that sub worked out so well, Audrey. I hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation!

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Ranee Franti December 10, 2016 at 5:56 am

This looks wonderful. I will definitely make this tomato pasta next day and it is the best recipe for breakfast and evening snacks. This is one of my favorite and I plan on making it the next time.

Thank you!

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janine June 6, 2017 at 4:38 pm

Fast food at its best! Healthy, quick, delicious, and vegan. What more could I ask?

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AP June 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Absolutely amazing thank you!! My omni bf loves this as much as I do. I do have one question though. If adding wine, red or white?

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Angela Liddon June 27, 2017 at 1:28 pm

Hey, I think it depends on your taste! My thought is that a red wine might pair nicely with the tomato flavours. This source seems to say medium-bodied red wine pairs well with tomato-based pasta. Let us know if you try anything out!

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Jen August 1, 2017 at 2:21 pm

I just tried this delicious recipe. Made a couple of *minor* adjustments to suit my family. I pureed the basil leaves with the rest of the sauce because anything green, no matter the size, might call attention to how healthy this sauce is–>resulting in one teen’s mutiny. That worked well. Second, we added Cayenne pepper to taste. Thank you for this recipe!!!

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Melissa September 27, 2017 at 1:23 pm

This is a real winner. I just made it. I only used half of the salt but it is so yummy I could eat it all and not even tell hubby that I made it. But I won’t. I’ll be making this often. Can’t believe it’s vegan. Thank you for this delicious recipe.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 28, 2017 at 8:53 pm

Hey Melissa, I’m so happy you enjoyed this pasta so much! Thanks for letting me know. I hope you enjoy it again soon!

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Laura January 10, 2018 at 9:31 am

This is perfect as written. I made it last night and it is so quick. The only thing I would suggest is to double up on the sauce. I wanted seconds and had to make another batch.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 10, 2018 at 9:43 am

Oh good call on doubling the sauce. I’m so happy you loved it!

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Laura January 10, 2018 at 9:49 am

Oh and I used red wine instead of water. Great flavour!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2018 at 12:30 pm

ohhh good call on the wine :)

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