Vegetarian Cashew Alfredo Pasta Recipe

Reader Contribution by Jessica Kellner
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Kaitlin Jones, president of Living Whole Foods and mom of three young kids, sent me this recipe the other day and I had to share it! Vegan and chock-full of vitamins, this tasty meal is perfect for a weeknight family dinner. Try it and let us know what you think!

Cashew Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients: 

1 cup raw dry cashews

2 1/2 cups water

1 1/2 tablespoons onion, divided

1/4 red bell pepper, chopped

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

4 cloves minced garlic, divided

1 tablespoon miso

5 mushrooms, sliced

1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Your favorite noodles 

Preparation: 

1. In a blender or food processor, blend cashews until they are finely ground.

2. To the cashews in the blender, add water, 1 tablespoon onion, bell pepper, nutritional yeast and 3 cloves of garlic and blend until smooth, creating the sauce.

3. Pour cashew sauce into a sauté pan over medium heat.

4. In a separate pan, sauté the remaining 1/2 tablespoon onion, 1 minced clove of garlic, miso and sliced mushrooms in coconut oil for about 5 minutes.

5. Mix sauté into sauce, season with salt and pepper, and serve over your favorite noodles! Serves five.