Eric, Steve, Dan, Shayne, and Steve worked on the deck this weekend and they got so much accomplished!
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.
The workstation Eric set up…heh
View from other end:
This is the view from our back door:
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…
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!
Easy Tomato Basil Cream Pasta
This is 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! 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 flavour). Lightly adapted from Vegan Yum Yum.
- 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
- 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.
- Add your pasta to boiling water and cook pasta according to package directions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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).
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
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. :)
This looks awesome! I love creamy pastas :)
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.
Im glad you enjoyed it….mmm we have it once every two weeks we love it so much!
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.
That looks super delicious! The deck is looking good too!
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!
Oh my, your deck is looking wonderful! Great job guys!
You are my sauce hero! I love the creamy concoctions you come up with! I can’t wait to try this! :-)
So yum! I can’t wait to make this dish!
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…;)
MMMMMMM this looks soooo good! so simple too. I love the idea of having a deck, so unique and fun~
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!
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.
LOVE this recipe! My meat-eater boyfriend could not believe it was vegan!
Same with Eric…he said I Swear there is cream in this! hehe. :)
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!
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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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 :)
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?!
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!
Have a great time at Moksha! I’ve been going regularly to the Halifax studio for about 2 years now, and am completely obsessed!
making this tonight! YUM!
The deck is looking awesome! And that tomato is seriously perfection. So red and plump!
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!
This looks delish! Definitely something everyone would like.
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., :)
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!
This sounds seriously delicious. I wish my deck was that nice this time of year!! We have to clean it so badly! Haha
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!
This looks divine! What type of wine would you reccommend in substitute of the water? Merlot? Or a white?
White was recommended :)
oooh! I cannot wait to try this! It sounds so delicious!
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!
This looks awesome, definitely going to try it. I’m not vegan (or vegetarian) but I love dishes that don’t include animal products!!
What gets better than tomato+bail+fresh mozz?! Caramel and chocolate is neck and neck with it!
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 ;)
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!
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!!
that is the best looking tomato i’ve ever seen
That looks so good! I must make it.
You and your creamy sauces…one word…brilliant!! Well maybe two words because I think DELISH is fitting as well :)
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!
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.
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.
What a crazy but amazing dish. I’m definitely going to print this one out.
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!
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!
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!
I love hopw creamy this looks without actually containing any cream!
Perfect timing – I was just craving pasta wth tomato cream sauce the other night! It looks DELICIOUS!