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.
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
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.
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.)
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