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Creamy Rosé Pasta

Creamy Rosé Pasta
November 3, 2019 Terry Bouzakis
In Food & Wine

Creamy Rosé Pasta is a simple pasta dish that is great and an easy weeknight meal at home or for celebrating a special occasion.

The pasta sauce is so simple to make. It starts off by soaking some raw cashews. The cashews create a creamy pasta sauce without adding any dairy!  After the cashews have soaked, they get blended with some vegetable broth. By using broth instead of water, it adds a lot more flavor to the sauce.

Rosé wine is perfect for a creamy pasta sauce. Even though the wine cooks down, you are still able to taste the notes of the rosé wine.

This Creamy Rosé Pasta recipe has become a family favorite. It is easy to make and doesn’t require tons of ingredients. I love how versatile this pasta recipe can be. It is simple enough for a weeknight dinner, and elegant enough for serving guests.

Add the a little extra to the pasta, by topping the finished dish with fresh herbs and pine nuts. The pine nuts add a really nice buttery flavor to the pasta.

PREP TIME: 2 hours

COOK TIME: 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 2 hours 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 12 ounce pasta
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Cashews
  • 3/4 Cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion, finely chopped
  • 4 Large Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 Cup Rosé Wine
  • 1/2 Cup Pasta Cooking Water
  • Salt and Pepper

FOR GARNISH, OPTIONAL:

  • Chopped Parsley
  • Toasted Pine Nuts

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Soak the cashews for 2-4 hours.
  2. Drain the cashews and add to a blender. Add the vegetable broth and blend until smooth. Set aside until needed.
  3. Cooking the pasta according to the package directions.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce. In a large, deep sided skillet add olive oil over medium high heat. Saute the onion for 5-7 minutes, or until softened.
  5. Add the garlic, tomato paste, and thyme. Stir to evenly mix the tomato paste with the onions.
  6. Cook for 1 minute.
  7. Pour the Rosé wine and deglaze the pan. Cook for 2-4 minutes, just until the wine has reduced by half.
  8. Pour in the reserved cashew cream; stir. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Once the pasta is done cooking, drain and add to the sauce.
  11. Toss, making sure to coat all the pasta with the sauce.
  12. Serve immediately with the garnishes if using.