​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


  • Chop the tomato and add it to the blender, gradually adding the cashews, water, and tomato paste. Blend until smooth.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Jung
Sarah Jung

Sarah Jung is the associate director of Life and Health Network, but wears a plethora of hats as editor, communications director, and sometimes photographer. Unrelated to Life and Health, Sarah is the country director and founding member of Oon Jai Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower people living in developing countries through friendship and working, learning, and mentoring side-by-side with the locals. In her spare time, Sarah likes to read, write, and find mountains to climb.

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