Artie’s Lunch – Lemon Pasta Alfredo

Artichoke is a pasta-man. He’ll eat it everyday in almost every way. Normally, it’s penne or fusili with a tomato marinara. Sometimes, he’ll switch it up by having it with just cooked chickpeas and onions.

For his lunch today, I wanted to go an entirely different direction. I made some cashew cream for the first time earlier this week. I needed to use it for something. So I decided to make a dish with some of Artie’s favorite’s foods: garlic, peas and lemon. The end result was a creamy lemon pasta alfredo.

Before we get to the recipe, you may be wondering what cashew cream is. Cashew cream is what can be considered a base for vegan dishes. It can be used to create “cheese” fillings, sauces, soups, dips, etc. The possibilities are endless, thanks to Tal Ronnen and his book The Conscious Cook. For more info on how to make and use cashew cream, click here or get Tal’s book.
Now onto my Saturday morning masterpiece…

Lemon Pasta Alfredo with Peas
Macaroon’s Blurry-Eyed Morning Mind

Serves 6-8

  • 4 qt. water
  • 1lb of your favorite vegan pasta 
  • 1/8 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8oz. frozen green peas
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 c. cashew cream
  • 1 Tbsp. vegan Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated onion
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 c. pasta water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Bring water to a boil, and add your pasta. Cook for 8-10 minutes, depending on the texture of pasta you like. When done, reserve 1 c. of pasta water in a bowl. Then drain pasta. Do not rinse
  2. While pasta is cooking, add olive oil to a heated saucepan. Add garlic and cooked until browned
  3. Add frozen peas and lemon juice. Saute until peas are tender.
  4. Stir in cashew cream, cheese, lemon zest, granulated onion, oregano, thyme and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes
  5. After 10 minutes, the sauce will become thick. Remove saucepan from heat. Add 1 c. of reserved pasta water to thin the sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Pour pasta into sauce and toss until pasta is well-coasted. Serve

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