Recipes and Cooking Cashew Cream Pasta Sauce 5.0 (1) 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! By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on April 23, 2018 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Blaine Moats Prep Time: 30 mins Stand Time: 2 hrs Total Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Servings: 6 Yield: 6 cups Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 2 cup water 1 cup raw cashews 1 ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth 12 ounce dried pasta 1 tablespoon olive oil ⅔ cup finely chopped shallots 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme 2 cloves garlic, minced ⅓ cup dry white wine or reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper Grated Parmesan cheese (optional) Directions 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. 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. 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. Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 276 Calories 5g Fat 48g Carbs 9g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label 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.