Roasted Cherry Tomato and Garlic Cashew Cream Sauce

You may like to use this sauce just for pasta but it makes a great dipping sauce and salad dressing too, just add a little more water to loosen up the consistency. This sauce keeps in the fridge for 3 to 4 days and freezes well too…it never makes it to the freezer though as its gobbled up far too quickly. The sweet flavour from the tomatoes and the cheesy back notes from some nutritional yeast make this my current go-to pasta sauce and it takes so little time to make. I think you’ll enjoy this one.

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What you’ll need: (serves 4)

  • 150g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil (I used sunflower)
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of Nutritional Yeast
  • A pinch of salt to taste
  • 2 cups of water

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Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°. Cut the tops off the garlic cloves and place them in some foil, and drizzle with a little oil. Bring the foil up around them creating a little pouch where air can circulate inside. Cook in the oven for about 30mins or until soft. Remove and allow to cool.
  2. Place the tomatoes in a baking tray and cover in some of the oil, gently move them around to coat them evenly with the oil. Bake for about 30 minutes, they should be a little golden on the outside but not black.
  3. While the garlic and tomatoes are roasting heat the rest of the oil over a medium heat and add the onions, sauté until translucent.
  4. When the garlic is cooked and cool enough to touch, squeeze each clove into a food processor and add the tomatoes and onions, basil, cashews and nutritional yeast. Add one cup of water and pulse. Slowly add some of the second cup a little at a time until you reach your preferred consistency. Add salt to taste.
  5. Cook the pasta to the packet instructions and strain when the pasta is still al dente keeping one cup of the pasta water. Place a pan over a medium heat on the hob and add the desired amount of sauce followed by the pasta. Heat through and add a little of the saved pasta water at a time to the pan to loosen the sauce to your desired consistency. Once the pasta is cooked season to taste.

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Tanya x

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Nutty Basil Pesto

I’m sure you’ve realised by now that I’m not one for strictly following recipes. Although I give you recipes with exact measurements here on the blog, I always encourage you to use your taste-bud-intuition, it knows best! While I might like an extra pinch of salt, you might prefer an extra pinch of pepper. This flexibility is particularly relevant for pestos. You can make a vegan pesto with a number of fresh herbs including mint, parsley or coriander. You can also choose the type of nuts you want to use for your pesto too, influencing the texture and flavour. I had intended making a traditional basil pesto but I ran out of pine nuts and used a half batch of walnuts instead. I think I’m kinda’ in love with walnuts at the moment but you could use hazelnuts if you have some.

If there is one rule to follow then it’s got to be that you use your best olive oil for a pesto!

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic (taste-bud-intuition)
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil (use your judgement, you might need a little more for a looser texture)
  • 1 teaspoon of nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Sea salt to taste

Method:

  1. Place all of the Fresh ingredients and the nutritional yeast into a food processor and mix until you’ve got a coarse paste.
  2. Slowly add in the olive oil until you’ve reached your required consistency.
  3. Season to taste.

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If you try this dish at home please take a photo of it and tag @thetinyvegankitchen on Instagram or @thetinyVK on Twitter I’d love to see them xTx