Creamy Cashew Lemon Pasta with Spring Vegetables

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This Creamy Cashew Lemon Pasta with Spring Vegetables is the perfect bite of spring!  It's creamy, delicious and packed with lots of fresh vegetables! {vegan, gluten free}

This is the time of the year when I put asparagus, watercress and peas into everything!  Kinda just kidding, but mainly not :)  This pasta has been floating around in my head for quite some time now and I’m excited to report that it tastes even better in real life than it did in my imagination.

I’m really not one to discriminate when it comes to seasonal produce, but spring produce has to be one of my favorites.  Especially when it is bright, green and fresh.  When I was a kid we lived way out in the country.  There was a stream that went through our property that had wild watercress growing all along it.  I remember taking really small bites of it cause it has a spicy kick but we would always go back for more!  I use the watercress similarly to spinach in this recipe and it gives this pasta a really nice bite.

This Creamy Cashew Lemon Pasta with Spring Vegetables is the perfect bite of spring!  It's creamy, delicious and packed with lots of fresh vegetables! {vegan, gluten free}

I’m one of those people who squeeze a little lemon juice onto pretty much everything I eat.  It always adds the perfect amount of zip and flavor and is really great at making some dishes a little lighter.  Creamy sauces tend to be pretty heavy so I thought that it would be a great idea to make a lemon cashew cream sauce.  I will advise you that if you aren’t a fan of lemon then you probably won’t like this sauce because it is very lemony, which is just the way I like it!

This Creamy Cashew Lemon Pasta with Spring Vegetables is the perfect bite of spring!  It's creamy, delicious and packed with lots of fresh vegetables! {vegan, gluten free}

This pasta is packed with fresh spring vegetables and a delicious tart lemon cream sauce.  It is my new favorite spring pasta and I hope it will be yours too!

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Creamy Cashew Lemon Pasta with Spring Vegetables


  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: Entree, Gluten Free, Vegan

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces pasta, gluten free if necessary
  • 2 1/2 cups diced asparagus, about 1 inch dice
  • 2 cups sweet green peas
  • 1 small bunch watercress leaves

Creamy Cashew Lemon Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole raw cashews, soaked in water overnight or boiled for 30 minutes
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons plain, unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons worth)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. To make the sauce: add all ingredients to a powerful blender and blend until a creamy texture is reached, about 1 minute. Set sauce aside until ready to use.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. When pasta is about 1 minute from being done, throw in the peas and asparagus (If peas are frozen you can throw them a few minutes before).
  3. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add in the watercress leaves and lemon sauce and stir until combined. Add more salt to taste, if desired.

 

This Creamy Cashew Lemon Pasta with Spring Vegetables is the perfect bite of spring!  It's creamy, delicious and packed with lots of fresh vegetables! {vegan, gluten free}

This Creamy Cashew Lemon Pasta with Spring Vegetables is the perfect bite of spring!  It's creamy, delicious and packed with lots of fresh vegetables! {vegan, gluten free}

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Comments

  1. says

    Asparagus, peas, and lemon are the epitome of spring for me, so I love this pasta! It looks so creamy and delicious — perfect spring time pasta!

  2. says

    haha I already have a list of ideas for recipes that have asparagus and peas!! You are not alone!! This pasta looks so perfectly creamy … and I just love all that green from the veggies!

  3. MJ says

    Lemon anything is always my favorite! This looks soooo good Izzy, I can’t wait to make it soon! It is even feeling like spring here in Alaska as the days are starting to get long and the sun has been shining!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi!! Lemon is my favorite too! I’m glad you are getting some spring days and some sun! I hope you guys are doing well!

  4. says

    I’m so so happy that all the delicious springtime veggies are back! This pasta looks so bright and flavorful – I’ve got to try it, especially with that delicious cashew cream sauce!!

  5. says

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE spring veggies! Seems like they are so fleeting, so you’ve got to use them while you can! Asparagus is one of my faves, but another fave is leeks. I’ve been eating a ton lately. This pasta looks so delicious. I can’t believe how creamy it is without dairy! Yum!!

  6. MK says

    This looks wonderful, but I’m not into almond milk and would not buy for this littlw amount needed for recipe. Can regular milk be subsituted, or what would you suggest?

  7. Vin says

    what is 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast? Regular yeast that w use for making dough? what does this do to the cream/

    Thks

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Vin, Nutritional yeast is yellow and flaky looking and completely different than regular yeast. It gives vegan dishes a creamy or cheesy flavor. You can usually find it in the baking isle at the grocery store or at a natural foods store :)

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