Pasta Recipe with creamy tomato sauce {vegan, gluten-free}

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As I'm sitting here writing this, it's 55 degrees and it's sunny. I feel like going out but I have a lot to do inside. Don't you hate that

We have the perfect little library in our neighborhood. It is small, cozy, clean and the children beg to go there every week. Since it's so close, we can come back and come back in 30 minutes and they will happily read their books for the rest of the afternoon. As they choose their books, I examine the cookbooks. I always feel so inspired when I get out of there and get tons of recipe ideas.

This creamy vegan tomato sauce was one that I had to write down and play with. I had high hopes that it would be great and… guys, it is. It is SO SO good. It is rich and creamy madness and tastes just like your typical tomato cream sauce except it DOES NOT contain cream. In fact, there is no dairy at all. It doesn't even contain “non-dairy” milk!

It is incredibly good and good for you! That's right, all the healthy ingredients here and I wouldn't lie to you and tell you to do it if I didn't feel like everyone should, even if you're not on a vegan diet. Nobody, and I really bet you on this, nobody will know it's not made with cream.

Go ahead, give it a try!

Cashew nuts, my friends, are the best friends of vegans. They are super super versatile and are often used in cream sauces. Which is surprising because they are healthy and provide good quality nutrition like protein, fiber and healthy fats. And the cashew flavor is almost non-existent, which is great, not because I don't love cashews, I do… but it's just that you know there's cream instead of nuts. Although I think I already said that.

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Then you get your fresh tomatoes, which are full of lycopene and vitamins A and C. Then you enhance the flavor with tomato paste, tomato sauce, and a little vegetable broth.

I used the smallest jar in my Blendec to mix those cashews and tomatoes. Then simmer on top of the stove with the garlic and oil for about 5 minutes and you're ready to devour!

You can use this sauce as you would a tomato cream sauce, in a saucepan, with a spoon over a protein of your choice. I just wanted to spread it on the pasta and then basically feed on the rest. Then the next day, I heated the leftover sauce and put it over an egg too easy for breakfast. Very delicious.

Because it is made with cashews, it will still bring some calories to the table, but the rest of the sauce is light (tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, etc.).

Go do it and report. XO

Pasta with vegan creamy tomato sauce {gluten-free}

a delicious creamy vegan tomato sauce perfect on pasta, eggs or in a saucepan.

Nutritious meals | Nutritious Foods, adapted from the vegan cookbook Yum Yum

Recipe type: main course

Italian cuisine

Makes: ~ 2 cups


  • ½ cup cashews, unsalted
  • 2 large tomatoes, cored and cut into large pieces (~ 1¼ cup chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • ⅓ cup of tomato sauce, like Pomi
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • fresh basil, rolled and cut into long thin strips (optional)
  • Pasta of choice (I love the gluten-free quinoa and cornmeal mix without gluten)


  1. Boil the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. Place the cashews, cut the tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water in a blender and puree until very smooth. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the minced garlic and let it cook for 1-2 minutes, making sure it doesn't burn. Add cashew / tomato puree, salt and vegetable stock and simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust to season: more salt or broth if necessary. Enjoy the pasta and top with fresh basil or any other way you enjoy the creamy tomato sauce!
  3. This will be enough sauce for 2 large portions of pasta or 4 small ones.


If the sauce becomes too thick, just add a little extra vegetable stock to thin until you get the desired consistency. You can add the cooked pasta to the pan and let it cover the noodles, or you can put the sauce over the pasta. I prefer. I like to make sure I have enough sauce.



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