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Love the fragrant aroma and taste of basil? Me too! Love creamy pasta? Me too! You're in the right place. This Creamy Basil Pesto Pasta is quick and easy to whip up. And just like the title suggested, it is the best vegan one I've tried IMO. You'll have a delicious and fresh dinner in under 15 minutes tops - whoop!
Basil is the star of this dish, even though the crunch of the snap peas are simply divine! If you're a basil lover like me than you'll be happy to know that the amazing scent and distinct flavour comes from numerous beneficial plant compounds (phytonutrients) that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
If you have fresh basil taking over your garden than this pasta is calling your name - what are you waiting for? It is easy to whip up because the ingredients are uncomplicated.
Cashews are what provide the creaminess. However, make sure you to use raw cashews. Roasted cashews don't provide the same creaminess as raw. You will need a food processor to make this pesto nice and creamy. Process the cashews first because that will help really grind them up and then add your remaining ingredients.
See how creamy it is? It's making my mouth water just looking at these photos all over again!
This recipe is...
Serves 2 generously or 4 as a side dish.
*Chickpea pasta (gluten-free made from lentils and chickpeas)
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I can't wait for you to dig in and let me know what you think!