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Quinoa pasta with cashew pesto

Quinoa pasta with cashew pesto

This is a simple recipe but it makes you look like a true chef! Pasta with cashew pesto is delicious and nutritious using cashews as a creamy base. While the usual pesto is made of pine nuts & basil mixed together, this is proof you can use other nuts to get a creamy base, and arugula for the green color and flavoring. You can decide to make this pasta vegan by leaving out the parmesan cheese (I have to say the parmesan cheese helps the flavor a lot!). Quinoa pasta is the newest thing on the market: pasta made from quinoa. You can of course use any other pasta like whole wheat pasta. 

Quinoa pasta with homemade cashew pesto
This is a simple recipe but it makes you look like a true chef!
Cuisine: italian
Recipe type: dinner
Serves: 2
Prep time: 
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  • 2 handfuls of cashews
  • 2 handfuls of arugula
  • olive oil
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • seasalt
  • pepper
  • lemon juice
  • basil (optional)
  • Quinoa pasta (or any other pasta you like) a cup per person
  1. Mix the arugula, cashews, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese in a blender until a smooth texture.
  2. You could add basil for the flavoring, but is not necessary.
  3. Cook the pasta al dente, with a bit of seasalt & olive oil, following the instructions on the package. (I cook and turn heat to medium, and taste the pasta until I like the bite)
  4. Drain the pasta.
  5. Add the pesto to the pasta and mix well together.
  6. Serve & enjoy!
You can leave out the parmesan for a milder flavored sauce or if you want a vegan sauce. You can substitute for any other pasta kind. This pasta is nice with a piece of grilled fish like salmon ( if you eat fish) and grilled tomatoes!

Pesto pasta
Pasta pesto 2
pesto pasta with salmon

Love, Lonneke

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2 Responses to Quinoa pasta with cashew pesto

  1. christophe October 23, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Hello Lonneke,
    I bought yesterday evening in my biocoop “Quinoa Spaghetti and garlic organic parsley- Priméal”, they are green in color like on the pictures.
    Your recipe with cashew pesto makes me really want and mix two starchy (pasta and quinoa) is really a good thing for me (it gives me energy and it will change of my natural pasta).
    I will try to make it, and then I want absolutly to look like a “true chef” …… what ? Ok a very very little chef, but at least a very very little chief can hope to become a great chief one day ! Not Christophe, not even hope !!!!
    Thank you very much for your recipe and thank you for all the work you do Lonneke.

  2. christophe October 28, 2013 at 3:32 am #

    I made your recipe quinoa pasta with cashew pesto Saturday.
    I better understand the green color pasta now !!
    I made as you have shown us, except that I made without parmesan cheese (and I put basil).
    It was not as beautiful as the pictures (probably because it was me who cooked), but I did my best.
    To be honest, I found your recipe easy to make (the mixer does all the work), it tastes good but not really excellent.
    Apparently, my way to look like a true chef is still long !!!
    Thanks Lonneke.

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