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Summer Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas, Fresh English Peas & a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce

Summer Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas, Fresh English Peas & a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce

A simple pasta dish LOADED with two kinds of Fresh Peas – simple sautéed with Garlic then folded with Pasta and a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce (which is cashew based.)                 

Summer Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas, Fresh English Peas & a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce
Summer Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas, Fresh English Peas and a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce

How to Make a Pasta Dish Healthier?

Add MORE VEGGIES!  There are almost as many peas in this recipe as Pasta! 

Cashew Cream has fewer calories, total fat, saturated fat and sodium than heavy cream – and its delicious!

Most of the fat in cashew cream is the heart-healthier unsaturated type; yet is a high-calorie and high-fat food

The Steps:

  • Make the Herbal Cashew Cream Sauce
  • Sauté Sugar Snaps, Garlic & Shelled Peas – add Sauce
  • Fold together with Pasta – Garnish with Herbs & Enjoy! 
From Farmers' Market: English Shelling Peas & Sugar Snap Peas
From Farmers’ Market: English Shelling Peas & Sugar Snap Peas

Fresh Peas are sweet & juicy, have a sweetness and deep, green vegetable flavor are like none other. Like sweet corn, the natural sugars in the peas change as they age.

Sugar Snap Peas are a cross between snow peas and garden peas. The whole pod is eaten and has a crunchy texture and very sweet flavor.

The time to enjoy them is now! Check out your local farmers’ market for locally grown peas, and meet the farmer who are them!
The flavor will be incomparable, produce tastes better, and is allowed the time it needs to ripen fully before being picked and sold.
Ingredients for the Vegan-Creamy Herbal Sauce
Ingredients for the Vegan-Creamy Herbal Sauce
Raw Cashews (soaked in water overnight), Parsley, Chives, Lemon Juice, Softened Garlic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Karen's Vegan-Creamy Herbal Sauce
The Finished Vegan-CREAMY Herbal Sauce – a vibrant green color; smooth & tasty. Has the mouthfeel of a cream sauce! 

What is Cashew Cream?

A plant based sauce made by soaking Raw Cashew and adding water to a blender and whirl until creamy

Why should you make & enjoy Cashew Cream? Some Nutritional Notes:

  • It’s rich, creamy, and neutral enough to go with just about everything. Plus, it takes mere minutes to make from scratch!
  • Most of the fat in cashew cream is the heart-healthier unsaturated type; yet is a high-calorie and high-fat food
  • Like dairy cream, it adds a source of fat and richness to the recipes in which it’s used
  • It’s a raw food, processed in a blender
  • Does retains the vast majority of the nutrients originally present in the cashews
  • No lactose – dairy free
  • Lasts up to 5 days refrigerated

What do do with Cashew Cream, How to Use It:

  • Make an easy blender sauce!
  • Add to soups instead of cream
  • Makes a base for Mac-n-Cheese (add spices + nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor)
  • A great replacement for Baking… think cheesecake, ice cream, frosting
  • Add as a topping to Mexican dishes (with lime juice) – an alternative to sour cream
  • Makes a great base for a Dip!
I’m neither a full-time vegan nor a vegetarian, yet really enjoy and make cashew-based sauces often!
Saute Sugar Snap Peas, add thinly sliced Garlic
Sauté Sugar Snap Peas, add thinly sliced Garlic
Add shelled English Peas, then the blender Vegan-Creamy Herbal Sauce
Add shelled English Peas, then the blender Vegan-Creamy Herbal Sauce

Whirl this skillet mixture with the soaked cashews, seasonings & filtered water – then your sauce is done! 

Summer Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas, Fresh English Peas & a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce
Summer Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas, Fresh English Peas & a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce

Taking advantage of summer’s produce bounty – In season right now: Sugar Snap Peas and English Peas (the ones with the sweet peas shucked from their pods) are bursting with sweet flavor and crunch.

Enjoy this wonderful Summer Pasta dish loaded with peas!
Let me know what you think!
Karen

Some Other Pea Recipes I Think You will Love:
Charred Sugar Snap Peas on the Grill with Hazelnut-Sesame Sauce
Charred Sugar Snap Peas on the Grill with Hazelnut-Sesame Sauce
Tender crisp with a smoky essence ~ these peas are finished with a zesty and spicy nutty sauce… time to heat up the grill!
Grilled Sugar Snap Peas & Radishes
Grilled Sugar Snap Peas & Radishes
Fresh Pea & Basil Pesto!
Southwest Style Green Shakshuka with Hatch Chili Oil
Summer Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas, Fresh English Peas & a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce

Summer Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas, Fresh English Peas & a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce

A simple pasta dish LOADED with two kinds of Fresh Peas - simple sautéed with Garlic then folded with Pasta and a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce (which is cashew based.)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Vegan Creamy Herbal Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews broken pieces ok!
  • 1/3 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley clean and dried
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives (can substitute scallion greens)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 medium cloves garlic softened in oil - see recipe below
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 pinches chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (use the oil from softened garlic)

Peas & Pasta:

  • 1/2 pound sugar snap peas (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3/4 pound English shelled peas OUT of their pods (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 8 ounces dry pasta I used gluten free; see note

Garnishes: Add a few tablespoons of chopped parsley and chopped chives

Instructions

Soften there Garlic:

  • Add 5 cloves of garlic to a small 5" pan. Add FIVE tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil; will almost cover the garlic. Heat to a LOW simmer and cook until the garlic has softened, but has not colored about 10 minutes. Use the Garlic & TWO tablespoons of oil in the sauce - reserve the extra olive oil for the sauté and remainder for cooking or a salad dressing.

Herbal Cashew Cream Sauce:

  • Drain soaked cashews. Add them to a high speed blender with all ingredients (cashews through extra virgin olive oil.) Blend from low to high speed - high speed for 2 minutes until creamy, vibrant green and smooth.
    Makes about 1 cup - use 3/4 cup for this recipe, serve extra on the side.

Pasta, 2 Peas & Sauce

  • To finish the dish - Cook pasta al dente, drain.
  • To a large stick proof skillet, add 1 reserved tablespoon olive oil, set heat to medium-low. Add sugar snap peas and sauté 3 minutes until just a tad golden but very crisp. (Do not over cook at this point.)
    Add the 5 tablespoons of sliced garlic, salt & pepper and sauce just 2 minutes until the garlic has just softened.
  • Add the shelled peas and sauté ONE minute, not more.
    Add 3/4 cup of Herbal Cashew Cream Sauce, mix in. Add the pasta and give a big stir to coat.
  • Serve in a large bowl, or individual bowls. Serve extra sauce on the side.
    Garnish with chopped parsley & chives, and serve with lemon wedges.
  • Add grated aged cheese if desired for a vegetarian dish. Enjoy!

Notes

BEST Gluten Free Pasta's are Italian, choose Sanity Irollo brand or La Fabbrica Della Pasta. Use regular pasta for his recipe if desired. 
This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer. 
COURSE: Main Course, Pasta, Vegan Main Coarse
CUISINE: American
KEYWORDS: best cashew based herbal sauce, vegan pasta with peas
Nutrition Facts
Summer Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas, Fresh English Peas & a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce
Amount per Serving
Calories
489
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
20
g
31
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
12
g
Sodium
 
266
mg
12
%
Potassium
 
521
mg
15
%
Carbohydrates
 
67
g
22
%
Fiber
 
8
g
33
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
15
g
30
%
Vitamin A
 
2044
IU
41
%
Vitamin C
 
83
mg
101
%
Calcium
 
83
mg
8
%
Iron
 
5
mg
28
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Summer Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas, Fresh English Peas & a Creamy Herbal Vegan Sauce

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