Vegetable and cashew nut pasta

Here’s a quick and easy recipe that’s also quite adaptable. You can use whatever vegetables you’ve got in the fridge. The ground up nuts give it a lovely creamy texture. I use cashews because I love them but other nuts are fine too. I’ve made it with almonds before and that worked well. I can’t find ground cashews in the shops so I buy them whole and use my coffee bean grinder to mince them up.

50g ground cashews
50g pine nuts
one head of broccoli
3 tomatoes
2 spring onions
1 red onion
2 cloves garlic
juice of one lemon
juice of one lemon
one vegetable stock cube
1 cup of water
pepper to taste

Fry the onion for a couple of minutes then add the garlic and fry for a minute or less. Then add the water, spring onions, stock, tomatoes and lemon juice. While it’s simmering, cook the pasta. I add the broccoli towards the end because I like it crunchy. Just before serving, stir in the ground cashews and pine nuts. Spoon over the cooked pasta and enjoy!

9 responses to “Vegetable and cashew nut pasta”

  1. Yum, such a fan of the old cashew in my pasta. I normally don’t crush them and just cook them in there whole, but I might take a tip from you and mash those tasty little morsels into a paste and do it that way. Cheers!

    1. Cashews whole would be delicious too but the ground ones make it creamy. You could make it with a combination of both.

      1. Combination. Even better. OR, whole cashews plus ground almonds… All good!

  2. That sounds good!  Always good to have some ideas for pasta that aren’t either tomato or cream based.


    1. I agree. I’m always looking for replacements for dairy and I think this works out much better than using cream. Healthier too probably.

  3. Nice one. I wonder what it would be like with pistachio. Might be a bit rich, but I am being inspired to try new things. 🙂

    1. Pistachios would probably work. I love pistachios too. They might be dryer though, so you might need to add more water.

  4. The grounds nuts would make a big difference I think. I love cashews in my garden variety salads.

    1. Cashews are great. Let me know if you try it and what you think.

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