tomato & cashew creme pasta with basil

tomato-creme-pasta.jpg ingredients:

1 large ripe tomato...2 cups rough chop.

1/2 cup raw cashews

1 T tomato paste

1 T adobo sauce...optional (this adds spicy smokey flavor)

1/4 cup water


2T olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, minced

6 oz of whole wheat pasta

2-3 T water

1-2 tsp. course black pepper

1 large handful of fresh basil, chopped

heat pot of water til bowl.  add pasta and cook til done.  while waiting for pasta to cook core and chop tomato.  add to blender along with cashews, tomato paste, adobo sauce, and water.  blend til smooth.

then, put olive oil in pan along with minced garlic and saute until golden.  pour sauce from blender to saute pan atop the garlic oil and bring to a simmer.  add salt and let cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently.

taste sauce and season more if necessary.  once pasta is cooked, drain and add to sauce with black pepper and freshly chopped basil.  toss to coat, serve and enjoy.

i adapted this recipe from the veganyumyum website.  i just added the adobo sauce.

this yummy recipe reminds me of a pasta dish chris and i used to get at a restaurant in edwardsville, il when we were dating :O)