Cashew Cream Pasta Sauce


Give your basic creamy white sauce for pasta a nutty twist with this cashew sauce. Use it in place of Alfredo or drizzled over nachos and enchiladas, you'll want to put it on everything!

Cashew Cream Pasta Sauce
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Stand Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
6 cups


  • 2 cup water

  • 1 cup raw cashews

  • 1 ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

  • 12 ounce dried pasta

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • cup finely chopped shallots

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • cup dry white wine or reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl combine the water and cashews. Cover and let stand 2 hours; drain well. In a food processor or blender combine cashews and 1 cup of the broth. Cover and process or blend 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Add remaining 1/2 cup broth; cover and pulse until combined. In a large pot cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Return pasta to pot; cover to keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, in a 10-inch skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add shallots; cook and stir 3 minutes or until tender. Add thyme and garlic; cook and stir 1 minute more. Carefully add wine, stirring to scrape up any crusty brown bits. Stir in cashew mixture, salt, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 1 minute or until thickened.

  3. Pour cashew mixture over pasta; toss to coat. Stir in enough of the pasta cooking water to reach desired consistency. If desired, serve topped with cheese.

To Make Ahead

Prepare as directed through Step 2, except do not cook pasta. Store sauce in refrigerator up to 5 days. To serve, cook pasta as directed. Heat sauce in a medium saucepan. Toss pasta with sauce and stir in enough of the pasta cooking water to reach desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

276 Calories
5g Fat
48g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 276
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 336mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 2.6mg 13%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 2.6mg 14%
Potassium 160mg 3%
Folate, total 9.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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