This versatile pasta sauce is very simple to make and extraordinarily delicious. It complements a variety of dishes and is quick and easy to prepare. Once you’ve done this a time or two, you’ll be serving this all the time. It is my go-to quick and easy meal in my home. I hope you enjoy it as much as Rich and I do.

Ingredients:

3 cups chopped tomatoes or 1 24-oz can organic chopped or roasted tomatoes

2 Tablespoons dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

1/4 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup water

Directions: 

In a medium to large saucepan, heat tomatoes to a fast simmer. Stir in basil and oregano. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally.

In a Vitamix or other high-powered blender, puree cashews and 1/4 cup water until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides from time to time until all of the small lumps are incorporated. 

Transfer cashew cream to tomato mixture stirring to incorporate. Add final 1/4 cup to Vitamix and blend to remove the remaining cashew cream. Stir this into tomato sauce.

Stir in salt. Cover and reduce heat to a slow simmer for five minutes. Stir frequently as cashews tend to scorch if left unattended. Taste for spice balance and salt. 

Serve over Penne Pasta with Broccoli, Ravioli, Stuffed Pasta Shells, Spaghetti or any other pasta dish. This is also a great dipping sauce for Crostini.

Note: It is important not to overheat the sauce once you’ve added the cashew cream. Not only does cashew cream like to scorch, it behaves just like whipping cream in that it will thicken as it is heated and it will also curdle if it is cooked on too high a temperature. Once you’ve added the cashew cream, treat the sauce gently at a low simmer. It just needs five minutes to thicken and incorporate its flavor with the tomatoes. Garnish with fresh basil chiffonade.

 

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I have had my Vitamix for 9 years with no serious issues. It comes with a good warranty and Vitamix stands by it. It is expensive, but worth it. It is the most useful item in my kitchen. I use it nearly every day and usually multiple times a day. This is a nearly indispensable item in a plant-based kitchen. The machine listed is the exact Vitamix I own. There are newer models available.

 

Vitamix 5200 Blender, White

I finally broke down after nearly 30 years of marriage and bought a nice set of All Clad cookware. I can’t believe it took me that long to appreciate the pleasure of cooking with high quality cookware. I wish I had done it 30 years ago. Mine is Five-Ply (called D-5) and I chose to purchase only the pieces I knew I would use. My sister has the Tri-Ply and she is perfectly happy with hers, which she bought as a set. There are several pieces in her set she has never used. I probably paid more for mine as single items, but I have what I need and nothing cluttering up my cabinets. There is no reason you can’t make delicious meals with less expensive products. But once you decide to upgrade, All Clad is the way to go in my opinion. (I would never dream of putting my All Clad in a dishwasher.)

 

All-Clad 440265 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Weeknight Pan with Lid/Cookware, 2.5-Quart, Silver

 

 

I use these bamboo spatulas for nearly all my stirring needs. They are environmental friendly, light weight, non-toxic, and gentle on my pans. I’ve been using them for years and have never had one wear out. They also don’t ding up the edges of my pots and pans when I tap them on the rims to remove sauce, batter, or other foodstuffs. While I sometimes also use wooden spoons, I particularly like this product, especially it’s shape which is very useful for scraping around a pan. Unlike wood, it is also slightly flexible.

 

2 pcs Bamboo Spoon Cooking Fry Flat Stir Utensil Spatula Turner 

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This versatile pasta sauce is very simple to make and extraordinarily delicious. It complements a variety of dishes and is quick and easy to prepare. Once you’ve done this a time or two, you’ll be serving this all the time. It is my go-to quick and easy meal in my home. I hope you enjoy it as much as Rich and I do.
Creamy Tomato Sauce with Italian Seasonings
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This sauce is delicious served over Penne Pasta with Broccoli, Ravioli Stuffed Pasta Shells, Spaghetti, or any other pasta dish. This is also a delightful dipping sauce for Crostini.
Creamy Tomato Sauce with Italian Seasonings
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This sauce is delicious served over Penne Pasta with Broccoli, Ravioli Stuffed Pasta Shells, Spaghetti, or any other pasta dish. This is also a delightful dipping sauce for Crostini.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
3 cups 5minutes 10minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 cups 5minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Ingredients
  • 3 cups tomatoes chopped (or 1 24-oz can organic chopped or roasted tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons Basil dried
  • 1 teaspoon oregano dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 cup cashews raw
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Basil chiffonade for garnish, optional
Servings: cups
Units:
Ingredients
  • 3 cups tomatoes chopped (or 1 24-oz can organic chopped or roasted tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons Basil dried
  • 1 teaspoon oregano dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 cup cashews raw
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Basil chiffonade for garnish, optional
Servings: cups
Units:
Instructions
  1. In a medium to large saucepan, heat tomatoes to a fast simmer. Stir in basil and oregano. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a Vitamix or other high-powered blender, puree cashews and 1/4 cup water until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides from time to time to incorporate all of the small lumps.
  3. Transfer cashew cream to tomato mixture stirring to incorporate. Add final 1/4 cup water to Vitamix and blend to remove the remaining cashew cream. Stir this into tomato sauce.
  4. Stir in salt. Cover and reduce heat to a slow simmer for five minutes. Stir the sauce frequently as cashews tend to scorch if left unattended. Taste for spice balance and salt.
  5. Serve over Penne Pasta with Broccoli, Ravioli, Stuffed Pasta Shells, Spaghetti or any other pasta dish. This creamy sauce is also a delightful dipping sauce for Crostini.
  6. Note: It is important not to overheat the sauce once you’ve added the cashew cream. Not only does cashew cream like to scorch, it behaves just like whipping cream in that it will thicken as it is heated and it will also curdle if you cook it at too high a temperature. Once you’ve added the cashew cream, treat the sauce gently at a low simmer. It just needs five minutes to thicken and incorporate its flavor with the tomatoes. Garnish with fresh basil chiffonade.
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Muir Glen Organic Crushed Tomatoes, Fire Roasted

I can my own tomatoes each year, so those are the tomatoes I use in this recipe. However, when I'm cooking for a group when I don't have access to my own tomatoes, I always use Muir Glen. This is an organic, high-quality product with a deep, roasted flavor. 

Food To Live Slivered Almond, 2lbs

Food To Live Organic Cashews, 2lbs

Food to Live is a brand whose products I use regularly. I buy ten pounds of cashews at a time because I used them often. It's worth the extra you pay for the premium quality. I recommend purchasing the 2-pound bag to begin with to see if you like them. They offer a better value than the 1-pound bags. I have not actually purchased the slivered almonds but have added a link for them because I have been pleased with everything I've purchased from this company. Freeze or refrigerate what you are not using right away.  

I have not actually purchased the slivered almonds but have added a link for them because I have been pleased with everything I've purchased from this company. Freeze or refrigerate what you are not using right away.  


Vitamix 5200 Blender

 

I don't know how I ever lived without a Vitamix. The Vitamix is an excellent product that lasts a very long time. I have had mine for nine years with no serious issues. It comes with an outstanding warranty, and Vitamix stands by it. It is expensive but worth it. It is the most useful item in my kitchen. I use it nearly every day and usually multiple times a day. A Vitamix is an almost indispensable item in a plant-based kitchen. It is multi-functional as a food-processor and blender in one,  and it makes it possible to make creamy cheeses from nuts which are virtually impossible with a regular blender or a food processor, as well as sauces, soups, ice creams, and much more. The machine listed is the exact Vitamix I own though there are newer models available. It’s a good idea to use ear plugs when using high-powered kitchen appliances like a blender or a grain mill. Your ears will thank you in the long run.

This is a good basic set that will serve most of your needs.

This is an extra piece of All-Clad I have found very useful. It is not a part of a set.

I finally broke down after nearly 30 years of marriage and bought a nice set of All-Clad. I can’t believe it took me that long to appreciate the pleasure of preparing food with high-quality cookware. I wish I had done it 30 years ago. Mine is Five-Ply (called D-5) and I chose to purchase only the pieces I knew I would use. My sister has the Tri-Ply and she is perfectly happy with hers, which she bought as a large set. There are several pieces in her set she has never used. I probably paid more for mine as single items, but I have what I need and nothing cluttering up my cabinets. There is no reason you can’t make delicious meals with less expensive products. But once you decide to upgrade, All-Clad is the way to go in my opinion. (I would never dream of putting my All-Clad in a dishwasher.) If taken care of, these will last you a lifetime and will significantly add to the pleasure of your culinary experiences. I've added an extra piece below the set that I have found to be very useful. It is not part of a set and must be ordered separately.

I use these bamboo spatulas for nearly all my stirring needs. They are environmentally friendly, light weight, non-toxic, and gentle on my pans. I’ve been using them for years and have never had one wear out. They also don’t ding up the edges of my pots and pans when I tap them on the rims to remove sauce, batter, or other foodstuffs. While I sometimes also use wooden spoons, I particularly like this product, especially its shape which is very useful for scraping around a pan. Unlike wood, it is also slightly flexible.

Organic Mediterranean Oregano

The best prices on organic herbs are when you buy them in bulk. If you use a lot of dried herbs, Frontier is a reliable brand.  I buy this when I run out of oregano from my garden.

Organic Oregano

If you only use dried herbs occasionally, look for the smaller bottles. Oregano is a common herb which can be found in nearly every grocery store. I'm adding it here for your convenience.

Simply Organic Basil

If you only use dried herbs occasionally, look for the smaller bottles. Basil is another common herb which can be found in nearly every grocery store. I'm adding it here for your convenience.

Frontier Organic Basil Leaf, l lb

If you cook with a lot of dried herbs, buying in bulk is the way to get the best prices. Frontier is a reliable brand I enjoy when I'm out of my home grown spices.

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