This Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta is ready in under 30 minutes, and the tomato cream sauce is velvety smooth and full of flavor. You will make this dinner time and time again.
This pasta is super creamy and has a velvety smooth tomato cream sauce. The sauce comes together right in your blender with under 10 ingredients and is sure to become a weeknight favorite.
Raw Unsalted Cashews: The creaminess in this creamy tomato pasta sauce comes from soaked raw unsalted tomatoes. Its important to soak these in hot water as the first step in this recipe. This allows the cashews time to soften so they can be blended completely smooth. And, don't substitute for roasted cashews!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Use the good stuff here. The oil adds to the richness of this creamy pasta.
Onion and Garlic: These provide so much flavor to this sauce. And the best thing about blending a sauce is you don't need to worry too much about your cuts.
Whole Peeled Tomatoes: Use San Marzano Tomatoes. San Marzano are the sweetest and highest quality canned tomatoes. Don't substitute crushed, puréed or diced. My favorite easily accessible brand of whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes Cento.
Nutritional Yeast: This just gives a little nutty depth of flavor.
Salt and Pepper: Use plenty of salt and pepper here. A pinch when sautéing the onions and garlic and a pinch while blending. And then, taste the sauce before the pasta goes in and adjust the seasoning there.
Crushed Red Pepper Flake: I like a little spice in all of my tomato sauces. If you dont like a little heat, leave this out!
Pasta of Choice: I used spaghetti, but any pasta will do here.
First you will need a high speed blender for this Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta recipe. I have a refurbished Vitamix that I got from the Vitamix website. These are a significant investment- even the refurbished ones. But, they are SO worth it.
Vitamix did also just release a less expensive blender called Vitamix Explorian Series.
Top Recipe Tips
Soaking the cashews is very important. Soaking cashews makes them plump and soft and easier to blend. Don't skip this step or your sauce will be gritty.
Cook the pasta until just before al dente, then finish cooking the pasta in the sauce. The pasta will both soak up some of the sauce and thicken the sauce.
Transfer the Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To reheat, add a little water, then microwave or heat on the stove top.
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Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta
- High Speed Blender
- 12" Skillet with high sides see note
- Pasta Pot
- Cutting Board
- Chefs Knife
- ⅓ Cup Raw Unsalted Cashews
- 2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Medium Onion, small dice
- 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 28oz Can of Whole Peeled Tomatoes
- 2 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
- pinch Crushed Red Pepper
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 Pound Pasta of Choice
- ¼ Cup Chopped Basil to Garnish Optional
- First, pour hot water over cashews. Set aside to soak.⅓ Cup Raw Unsalted Cashews
- Next, boil water for pasta.
- Meanwhile, heat a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and onion along with a pinch of salt. Sauté onion until soft. About 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for one minute longer.2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 Medium Onion, small dice, 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
- Scoop the onion and garlic mixture into a high speed blender. Next add the tomatoes and nutritional yeast. Then, drain the cashews and add them to the blender.1 28oz Can of Whole Peeled Tomatoes, 2 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
- Blend on high until the mixture is completely smooth and creamy, about one minute.
- Pour the sauce back into the large, deep skillet. Turn heat to low. Add a pinch of salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes while the pasta cooks.pinch Crushed Red Pepper, Salt and Pepper
- Meanwhile cook the pasta to just BEFORE al dente- we will finish cooking it in the sauce.1 Pound Pasta of Choice
- Drain pasta and add it into the skillet with the sauce. Cook the pasta in the sauce for about 5 minutes, or until the pasta has finished cooking and has absorbed some of the sauce.
- Garnish with basil, if desired and serve.¼ Cup Chopped Basil to Garnish