Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream Pasta

Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream Sauce Pasta in grey bowl

This Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream Pasta is unbelievably creamy with delicious roasted garlic flavor that delivers in every single bite! Best part? It’s only 5 ingredients!

Pasta is a love/hate relationship with me. I love love love it. See: Butternut Squash Fettuccine Alfredo, Pasta Bolognese, or my Cheesy Pesto Spaghetti Pie! I love how you can change it up so often!

However, there are times when it can be a type of “trigger” food for me. To explain, I mean that sometimes I get into a paralyzed state remembering how many carbs are in it and that diet culture has made it out to be this “indulgent” food that should only be eaten in small portions. Hence, due to my past eating disorder, sometimes I can get a little antsy about eating it. You can read more about my eating disorder journey here.

BUT. It’s a New Year, y’all. And this year, I’m resolving to EAT MORE PASTA. Oh yes. Specifically this Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream Pasta!

I promise I’m not turning into a Vegan blog – however, you can honestly hard tell there isn’t a single ounce of dairy in this pasta. It’s SO super creamy – I thought I may have blacked out and added 3 tbsp of butter to my pasta like I normally do. But alas, it’s dairy free y’all!

golden fork digging into a bowl of Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream Sauce Pasta

However – don’t expect this to taste exactly like an extra cheesy, heavy cream filled alfredo sauce. It’s a little bit more earthy thanks to the cashews. The roasted garlic adds a smoky sweet element to the dish that you wouldn’t have otherwise. You get such an amazing depth of flavor by roasting it vs just adding it in raw. The sauce is extra silky smooth and so flavorful. Let’s get into making it!

Ingredients you Need for Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream Pasta:

  • salted cashews
  • water to soak the cashews, blend the cashews + boil the pasta in!
  • one extra large bulb of garlic
  • choice of pasta (I used Banza’s shells which I’m currently obsessed with)
  • spinach (to add in at the end – totally optional)

How to Make Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream Pasta:

First, make sure and soak your cashews in water. 2-3 hours should be plenty of time for soaking! After they have finished soaking, make sure to rinse them thoroughly and drain the water they were soaking in.

salted cashews soaking

Set those aside and get your garlic roasting! Preheat your oven to 400. Cut the top of your garlic head off and peel as much of the garlic’s “skin” off as you can – trying to basically expose the top halves of the small bulbs. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top and salt and pepper. Wrap up in aluminum foil and place it directly in the oven. Roast for 40-45 minutes. Once done, open up the foil and let it cool down. It should look something like this:

roasted garlic bulb

Now that you have your cashews and roasted garlic cloves, add these to a high powered blender. Add water and a big pinch of salt and pepper (I did about ½ tsp of salt and ¼ tsp of pepper).

roasted garlic cloves and soaked cashews in blender

Blend until it’s completely smooth!! Once it’s silky smooth, just leave it in the blender while you get your pasta ready!

Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream Sauce in blender

Go ahead and cook your pasta according to the box instructions – for shells it’s usually about 8-10 minutes or until al dente. Drain your noodles. Add your roasted garlic cashew cream sauce directly into the pot that you cooked your pasta in. Keep it on low heat and stir back in your noodles – giving the cashew cream a chance to get warm. Don’t keep the heat too high at all or it will start boiling or cooking the noodles even more which is NOT what you want. You just want everything to be warm. Once warm, season to taste with more salt and pepper. Optional: stir in some spinach for those extra nutritional vibes.

pot of Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream Sauce Pasta

And yup – that’s basically it! I love this dish SO much. I hope you guys do too!!

two hands holding big bowl of Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream Sauce Pasta

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Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream Pasta

This Roasted Garlic Cashew Cream Pasta is unbelievably creamy with delicious roasted garlic flavor that delivers in every single bite! Best part? It’s only 5 ingredients!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword cashew cream pasta, cashew cream sauce, roasted garlic cashew pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups salted cashews
  • 1 and 1/2 cups water
  • 1 extra large garlic bulb
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Pasta

  • 1 8 oz. box of shells (I used Banza!)
  • spinach (optional add in at the end)

Instructions

  1. Soak the cashews in a large bowl covering them with water for 2-3 hours prior to cooking time. Once they are done soaking, rinse them thoroughly and drain the water they are soaking in. Set aside. 

  2. While the cashews are soaking, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Cut the top off the garlic head - exposing each clove inside and ripping off as much white "garlic skin" as possible. Place on aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Wrap the garlic in the aluminum foil and roast for 40-45 minutes. 

  3. Once the garlic is done, unwrap and let it cool. Once cooled, squeeze from the bottom of the garlic bulb, and each little clove should pop out! Place the roasted garlic cloves, cashews and 1.5 cups of water in a high powered blender. 

  4. Place the roasted garlic cloves, cashews and 1.5 cups of water in a high powered blender. Blend until extra smooth and extra creamy! Set aside for now. 

  5. Cook your pasta shells according to your box directions - or until al dente. Drain your noodles once they are done. To the pot that your noodles were cooking, add in your cashew sauce. Let it warm on simmer/low heat. Add your noodles back into the pot and mix together when you're ready to consume! Season with salt and pepper to taste! 

  6. Optional: Add fresh spinach to the pasta when warm - it will wilt quickly! 

Recipe Notes

Don't let your noodles/sauce mixture get TOO hot on the stove or otherwise it will burn and/or your noodles will be way overcooked! Just a nice simmer on the stove to keep everything warm should do the trick! 

10 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    As a vegan, I can say this looks like one of the best non-dairy mac and cheese recipes I’ve seen. I am very excited to try it.

  2. 5 stars
    I couldn’t believe this was vegan!! Lol!!! I loved how it didn’t need load me down and make me feel sluggish like normal pasta sauces do. Thank u for an awesome recipe!

  3. Haylie, Thank you for sharing this delicious and easy recipe! I tried it yesterday with company, which I don’t like to do before trying it myself, and everyone loved it! (whew) In fact, my company was afraid to come eat at my home because he knew I cooked vegetarian. He really was pleasantly surprised and glad he didn’t turn down our offer. It is so creamy and tasty! The roasted garlic gives it such a nice flavor and I too love sauces made with Cashews! This recipe has been added to my notebook of frequently used recipes. I will definitely be making this again.

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