Creamy Tomato Basil Bow Tie Pasta

Creamy Tomato Basil Bow Tie Pasta. A traditional gourmet pasta made kind for everyone. 

Listen to me when I say (type) this - MAKE THIS PASTA DISH! For reals. Because we all love a good pasta and we all love a nice elegant dish that requires something close to zero effort.

This creamy tomato basil bow tie pasta covers both bases. Which is a real dream come true on a weeknight when the thought of cooking seriously makes you want to cry. 

I really love making pastas with a simple sauce because it tastes so one-of-a-kind and feels a lot more gourmet than a pasta with a heavy store bought sauce. Plus, it truly does not require that much more effort!

I haven't always been vegan, and therefore I know the taste of non-vegan creamy pasta. I know that it is delicious, but let me tell you - this creamy tomato basil pasta can hang with the best of 'em. Yum, yum, and more yum! Try it out folks.

Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound bow tie pasta
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked in water for a minimum of one hour and drained
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup basil, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt to the water if desired. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. In the meantime, combine tomatoes, cashews, water, tomato paste, garlic powder, and onion powder in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Set Aside. 
  3. In a large skillet, add olive oil and garlic and cook over medium-low heat until the garlic is gold and fragrant. Approximately 2-3 minutes. Add sauce from the food processor to the skillet. Cook over medium heat until the sauce is simmering. Approximately 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chopped basil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Stir in the creamy tomato basil sauce and combine thoroughly. Serve immediately.

Notes:

  1. If you have a small food processor, consider using a high powered blender instead as this recipe will make a somewhat large amount of sauce. 

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