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Vegan Pasta Recipe
Our taste testers voted and we all agree, this vegan pasta recipe is to die for!
I’m gonna let you in on a secret. If I had to compare this Pasta a la Vodka with a traditional Pasta alla Vodka I promise you I would never, EVER, know the difference.
Creamy & Delicious
If you love Italian food like me you’re in for a treat. Below is my favorite, or as some may say, the best, vegan pasta recipe. It’s all things creamy, healthy, cheesy and spicy. The vodka blends perfectly with the aromatic garlic, onion and tomato flavors and the cashews add just the perfect amount of creaminess. Like I mentioned above, if I had to compare this vegan Pasta a la Vodka with a traditional Pasta alla Vodka I promise you I would never, EVER, know the difference. Did I mention I’m from NY where there are more Italian families and restaurants outside of Italy itself? Yeah, I’m a bit of an Italian food snob …
Food Is The Ingredient That Binds Us Together
I grew up with many, many Italian families and was lucky enough to try some phenomenal sauce’s as a kid – yep, I made sure to “stay for dinner” at my Italian friend’s home whenever I got the chance 🙂 I learned a lot of “family secrets” from my friend’s Moms and nonnas over the years and still use them to this day! And, yes, I keep many of them under lock and key. 😉
Whenever a new Italian restaurant would open my family and I would be first in line. How did I determine whether they were worth a second visit? I always started with the pasta marinara and meatballs. If an Italian restaurant make that to my, admittedly snobby, expectations then I will happily try just about anything else on the menu. And yes, this is still how I judge Italian restaurants to this day! Just minus the meatballs, of course.
Crowd-Please Vegan Pasta Recipe
Since going vegan I’ve tried quite a few vegan pasta recipes! This is my ultimate favorite vegan pasta recipe. Did I mention this vegan pasta recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes? True story! You and your family will love this pasta. Your friends will too. Make sure to share it with them! 😋
Oh and do top it with this crazy-delicious parmesan cheese. Mangiamo.
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Creamy Vegan Pasta
This easy vegan pasta recipe only takes 30 minutes to cook and tastes absolutely delicious! It's our favorite creamy vegan pasta recipe and I'm sure you'll love it too!
- 2 tbsp vegan butter
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 14 oz canned diced tomatoes
- 1/2 c water
- 1/4 c cashews, pre-soaked for 4 hours or overnight
- 1/4 c vodka (we used Tito's)
- pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- pinch sea salt
- pinch freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 lb vegan penne pasta noodles
- bunch fresh basil (optional)
- 1/4 c vegan parmesan cheese (optional)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the penne for 8 minutes. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup of the boiling water. Set noodles aside.
Drain and rinse the cashews and pour into a food processor. Add the water and blend until creamy and very smooth. Set aside.
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic to the skillet and cook until fragrant and the onions become translucent in color, stirring occasionally.
Add the diced tomatoes, cashew cream sauce and vodka to the skillet and cook, over medium heat until the sauce begins to simmer, approximately 8-10 minutes. *Make sure to cook for at least 7 minutes to burn off the alcohol in the vodka!
Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
Slowly add the reserved pasta water to the noodles and toss. Drain any excess and carefully fold the noodles into the pasta sauce.
Serve with optional chopped, fresh basil and a side of vegan parmesan cheese and enjoy!
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