Creamy basil cashew pasta in black bowl.

Creamy Basil Cashew Pasta

  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


This vegetarian recipe is loaded with all the goods like hearty pasta, fresh tomato and a deliciously creamy cashew sauce. 



Sauce Ingredients: 

  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

Pasta Ingredients: 

  • 12 ounces pasta*
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional garnish) 


Sauce Instructions:

  1. Blend: Blend all sauce ingredients on high speed until smooth (about a minute).** Use immediately or store in a sealed container in the fridge until needed.

Pasta Instructions: 

  1. Cook Pasta: Cook pasta according to package instructions. 
  2. Toss: Toss the pasta with the cashew cause. Add the cherry tomatoes, parmesan cheese and fresh basil (optional). Serve immediately. 


*I use spaghetti but feel free to use any kind of pasta.

**A high quality/powerful blender (eg. Vitamix, Ninja, etc.) will get you a smooth and creamy consistency. If you do not have a powerful blender, soak the cashews in water for 2 hours before blending. This will soften the cashews and make the sauce nice and creamy regardless of blender used. 

  • Category: Vegetarian
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/6 recipe
  • Calories: 467
  • Sugar: 4
  • Sodium: 315
  • Fat: 28
  • Carbohydrates: 48
  • Fiber: 6
  • Protein: 13

Keywords: creamy cashew sauce, vegetarian pasta