Tuesday, March 13, 2018

{Recipe} Creamy Tuscan Rigatoni-Vegan & Oil Free

Being dairy free doesn't mean you have to miss out on creamy pasta sauces. I found this recipe and made some adjustments to it.  I omitted the olive oil and bulked up the veggies.  The secret to dairy free cream sauces is CASHEWS. Soaking and then blending up cashews with water(or broth) in a high speed blender, makes the creamiest sauce.
Creamy Tuscan Rigatoni
Ingredients:
1 cup raw cashew, soaked overnight (unless you have a high speed blender)
1/2 cup veggie broth
2 TBS nutritional yeast
1 TBS lemon juice
5 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups spinach
3/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped (I used dried so I soaked them before chopping)
1 bell pepper, diced
1/3 cup white wine
1 box rigatoni (12 oz)
salt & pepper to taste
 To make:
  • Boil large pot of water for rigatoni, cook to al dente as directed on package.
  • As the rigatoni cooks, make your sauce.  Add soaked cashews, veggie broth, nutritional yeast and lemon juice to blender.  Process until smooth, scraping down the sides if necessary.  Add salt & pepper to taste. Set aside.


  •  Heat some water (or olive oil) in a large skillet on medium high and add garlic.  Saut√© for a minute, then add spinach, sun dried tomatoes and bell pepper.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper and cook until spinach has wilted and sun dried tomatoes are soft.
  • Add wine, turn down heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Add cashew cream sauce and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Turn off heat and add the cooked rigatoni to the skillet.  Stir to coat the pasta.

  • Serve immediately. Top with vegan parmesan, fresh basil and black pepper (optional). 


  •  Enjoy!
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6 comments:

Andrea Nine said...

This looks so good and flavorful. I have a Big bag of Spinach I wanted to try something different with and this recipe looks like a keeper!

Tamar SB said...

Yum! I love mixing veggies into pasta!

Clairejustine oxox said...

This looks tasty Heather. Just my favourite kind of food. Yummy :)

Carla from The River said...

I pinned. :-) Thank You!

Barefoot by the Sea said...

Yum! This looks delicious and I think I have everything in my cupboard for it. Thanks for sharing!

kateonthinice said...

I love pasta but sadly am not good with nuts. #WordlessWednesday

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