(from castro15’s recipe box)

Categories: Pasta


  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, walnuts or sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • 3/4 lb linguine of choice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups small cauliflower florets (from about 1/2 a large head of cauliflower)
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • pinch of chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 cup slow-roasted tomatoes, lightly chopped or mashed (see headnote for sun-dried option)
  • sea salt and ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup shelled fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil, sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup quickie vegan parmesan, divided


  1. Make the parmesan. In a food processor or the dry blade container of a high speed blender, combine the raw nuts, nutritional yeast, salt, and lemon zest. Pulse until you have a finely ground mixture that tastes lightly salty and cheesy. Set aside.

  2. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the salty and starchy pasta water before draining and setting aside.

  3. In a large, wide sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the cauliflower to the pan and stir. Sauté until the cauliflower is lightly softened on the edges, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic, chili flakes, paprika, tomatoes, salt, and pepper to the pan and stir.

  4. In an upright blender, combine the cashews, the reserved pasta cooking water, and the ½ cup of filtered water. Blend the mixture on high until you have a milk-like consistency.

  5. Pour the cashew milk into the pan and add the peas as well. Bring the mixture to a boil and then immediately lower the heat to a simmer, stirring often. Once the cauliflower is soft and the peas are bright green, gently fold the pasta into the mixture to coat in the sauce.

  6. Sprinkle the basil, green onions, and ½ of the parmesan onto the pasta and stir to combine. Serve the pasta hot with remaining parmesan on top and extra chili flakes if you like.

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