lb dried pappardelle pasta (or other long cut pasta-I like whole wheat or whole grain)
Serving Size: 1 (984) g
Servings Per Recipe:
AMT. PER SERVING% DAILY VALUE
Calories from Fat 257 g33 %
Total Fat 28.6 g44 %
Saturated Fat 5.4 g27 %
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 393.2 mg
Dietary Fiber 7.3 g29 %
Sugars 6.7 g26 %
Protein 24.5 g
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
In the bowl of a food processor add the cashews and process 1 - 2 minutes or until the cashews start to become powdery. Add the garlic and process another minute. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and 1/2 cup of grape tomatoes and pulse until the sauce is a thick paste and red in color. Add the basil and pulse until finely chopped and combined.
Drop the pasta in the boiling water and boil according to package directions. Just before draining the pasta use a heat safe glass measuring cup and scoop out 1 1/2 cups of boiling pasta water. Drain the pasta.
With the food processor running slowly stream in the hot boiling pasta water until the paste becomes a sauce. Be careful not to add too much water all at once so you don't end up with a thinner sauce than you want. I used all 1 1/2 cups of water, but if you like a thick or thinner sauce use more or less. Add in the parmesan cheese if using and pulse a few times to combine.
Divide the pasta among 4-6 plates and top with a generous amounts of sauce. Slice the remaining grape tomatoes in half and sprinkle over the pasta. Garnish each plate with fresh basil and parmesan cheese if desired. Dig in!