Best Ever Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce with Cashews

Best Ever Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce with Cashews

You’re going to be hooked after one bite. The most delicious, creamy tomato-based pasta sauce that’s packed with nutritious ingredients! Easily made vegan with plant-based butter and milk. This dish is to die for!


  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 3 TBSP shallot, minced

  • 1 TBSP olive oil

  • 1 can diced tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots

  • 1 tsp balsalmic glaze or vinegar

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/2 tsp sugar

  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

  • 1 tsp+ Italian seasonings (dried oregano)

  • 1 TBSP butter

  • 1/4 cup milk of choice

  • 1/2 TBSP tomato paste

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews

  • 2 TBSP nutritional yeast

  • 1/4 reserved pasta water

  • 1 box pasta of choice (I used Banza Cascatelli)

  • 1-2 TBSP chopped basil

  • parmesan for topping as desired


  1. Sauté olive oil, garlic, and shallot together for 2-3 mins. Then add canned tomatoes, carrots,  balsamic, seasonings, and sugar in a pan with salt and pepper. Stir on medium heat for 2-3 minutes or so and then turn down to a simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. While sauce is simmering, cook pasta according to box directions.
  3. Next, blend all remaining ingredients with the simmered tomato sauce in a high powered blender until extremely smooth and creamy.
  4. Once pasta has cooked, strain and reserve about 1/4 cup pasta water. Add pasta water to blender and continue to blend with sauce.
  5. Top strained pasta with creamy sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan, fresh basil, and enjoy! Feel free to also add any other leafy greens for added fiber such as arugula.


*Reminder: this recipe is using Banza pasta, therefore is Gluten free for those like me that struggle with gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease. Gluten free diets are only recommended for those with these medical issues or specifically prescribed by your physician. A gluten free diet is NOT any healthier than eating a regular diet with gluten.

Keywords: pasta, vegan pasta, creamy cashew pasta sauce, plant-based pasta sauce, banza pasta