‘Creamy’ Cashew Nut Pasta

Nut butters are a great source of protein and healthy oils, and are really great to use as part of a dish.  This recipe starts from scratch, with the whole cashew nuts, which are great for turning into a really creamy sauce for pasta dishes.  You have to persevere with the blender to get the nuts to release the oils, but it’s well worth it.  This is also a very quick recipe to make, with minimal ingredients.

‘Creamy’ Cashew Nut Pasta

Serves 2
Prep time 15 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups unsalted cashew nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic (skins on)
  • 1 cup trim milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • seasoning
  • 3 cups cooked pasta

Directions

1. In a frying pan dry toast the cashew nuts and whole garlic cloves (still in their skins), by tossing them in the heat. Allow them to get slightly golden, but not too dark, around 5 minutes.
2. Remove the skins from the garlic cloves and add along with the still warm nuts to a food processor. (Keeping the nuts warm will help release their oils).
3. This next part can take anywhere between 5-15 minutes, depending on the efficiency and sharpness of your blender. Process the nuts and garlic until they form a paste. To start with they will resemble fine breadcrumbs, and depending on your blade it may take a while for them to reach the next stage. You will also need to stop the blender to scrape down the sides. Keep persevering, it does happen! Don't be tempted to add a little oil or water; this is not needed and may turn the mixture gluggy. Eventually the nuts will start to form an oily paste on the sides of your blender and move around the bowl; keep going until smooth. You have now successfully made garlic cashew nut butter!
4. Add the milk to the processor and blitz one more time to make a 'creamy' sauce.
5. Transfer the cashew sauce to a pan, add the parsley and spinach and warm through until the spinach has wilted. Season to taste and then add the cooked pasta and stir through to completely cover with the sauce.
6. Serve warm with any other vegetables you desire!