Creamy & Cheesy Butternut Pasta with Broccoli by VeganReset 💜
6 oz pasta of choice (these were rigatoni)
2 cups of (frozen*) broccoli florets
For the sauce:
2 cups of fresh cubed butternut squash (about 1/2 small butternut)
1 cup of raw, unsalted cashews*
1 cup of filtered water
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 small lemon, the juice
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp cornstarch (optional!)
1/2 tsp sea salt (or start with a pinch and add more to taste)
1 pinch of pepper
1 tsp garlic powder (or 1 garlic clove)
1 tsp onion powder (or the white part of 1 green onion)
1.Start by boiling the cubes butternut in water for 10-15 minutes or until they’re no longer firm. (Note: if you’re using frozen butternut chunks, you can simply sauté them in a skillet with 1-2 tbsp water for 5-6 min since those don’t take as long).
2.While the butternut is cooking, start cooking your pasta according to package instructions and prepping your sauce ingredients. About 4 minutes before the pasta is ready, add the frozen broccoli to the same pot (if you’re using fresh broccoli, do so 2 min before it’s ready).
3.Once the butternut is ready, add it to a high speed blender* with the other sauce ingredients and blend on high for at least 2-3 min or until everything is smooth and creamy.
4.Drain the pasta & broccoli, transfer it back to the pot and mix it with the sauce. The heat of the pasta & sauce should even each other out making it ready to eat, but you can also reheat it all for a minute or two.
5.Serve and enjoy! (Feel free to add some fresh herbs and/or chili flakes if you’d like)
*if you have a high speed blender, there’s no need to soak the cashews before. If you have a “regular” blender only, either soak the cashews overnight or quick soak them in boiling water for 15 min. Otherwise your sauce will be a little less smooth, which is also fine!
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