​Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

One of the best creamy (vegan) pasta sauces ever.  Ever ever. 


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1 large ripe tomato
½ cup raw cashews
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt, to taste
3-4 tablespoons water
teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 packed up fresh basil, finely chopped


  1. Chop the tomato and add it to the blender, gradually adding the cashews, water, and tomato paste. Blend until smooth.
  2. Meanwhile, add olive oil to a large skillet and heat to low. Add the minced garlic and sauté for a few minutes, being careful not to burn it.
  3. Pour the sauce from the blender into the skillet, stir, and bring to a simmer. Add the salt and let it cook for 4-5 minutes, watching closely. You may add water to thin out the sauce to your desired consistency.
  4. Remove sauce from heat and stir in the chopped basil and pepper. Add the sauce to pasta, salad, brown rice, or even on toast

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: Depends on application
Sarah Yoo

Sarah Yoo is the associate director of Life & Health but wears a few dozen hats as other this-and-thats, as is the norm in non-profit work. Her favorite part about working at Life & Health is meeting the people that Life & Health content has helped. Ultimately, Sarah dreams of doing humanitarian work in a developing country with her family.

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