Use a high speed blender to blend all ingredients for the cashew cream. Taste and adjust seasonings, set aside.
Coat the bottom of a 9x13 (or similar) baking dish with a little olive oil.
Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Drain.
Toss about ¾ cups of the cashew cream with the cooked pasta. (I did this right in my baking dish to dirty less dishes). Add the asparagus, peas, mozzarella, herbs, a few pinches of salt & pepper. Fold everything together so that all ingredients are coated and evenly disbursed, then gently press it into the pan to form an even layer.
Top with grated comté (or parmesan), panko bread crumbs, a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper & a few pinches of red pepper flakes.
Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Gluten free version: skip the panko bread crumbs
Vegan version - omit all cheese and use more cashew cream.
No-bake version: blanch veggies (for about 30 seconds in boiling water), then toss everything together and serve in bowls.
Recipe by Love and Lemons at https://www.loveandlemons.com/veggie-baked-macaroni/