This week in Texas, the summer temps are climbing to a sweltering 102 degrees – but I wanted to post this cozy comfort-food recipe from the cookbook because today’s the day the book comes out in Australia!
This creamy vegan pasta is made with blended pumpkin (you could also use kabocha or butternut squash), roasted garlic, cashews, onion & sage. It’s one of my favorite fall/winter recipes, although I could totally go for a bowl of it right now. (Note to self: writing blog posts before dinner is NOT a good idea).
To all of you Aussie readers: you can now get the book at your local book store or online here at Booktopia.
Of course, if you’re not in Australia click here for all options to purchase it 🙂
- ½ kabocha or small sugar pie pumpkin (yield 1 heaping cup/250 mL of cooked mash)
- ½ yellow onion sliced into wedges
- 2 garlic cloves, unpeeled
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- 5 fresh sage leaves
- ¾ cup (175 mL) vegetable broth
- ½ cup (125 mL) raw unsalted cashews soaked 3 to 4 hours or overnight, drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
- 16 ounces (450 g) uncooked penne pasta
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with foil. Place the pumpkin, onion, and garlic on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Turn the pumpkin cut-side down and pierce a few holes in the skin with a fork. Cover and bake until the onion is soft and the pumpkin flesh is very tender, 35 to 45 minutes.
- Add the sage to the pan during the last few minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, keeping everything covered, and let it continue to steam for another 10 to 15 minutes.
- Pour the vegetable broth into a high speed blender. Remove the skin and add the pumpkin flesh to the blender along with the onion, peeled garlic, sage, cashews, and a few generous pinches of salt and pepper. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add the olive oil and blend again. (If your sauce is not smooth and creamy, try adding a little more broth or olive oil and blend it longer). Taste and adjust the seasonings, adding more salt and pepper if you like.
- Prepare the pasta according to the instructions on the package, cooking until al dente. Reserve ½ cup (125 mL) of pasta water before draining the pasta.
- Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Stir in half the sauce, adding more as needed to coat the pasta. Add the reserved pasta water, ¼ cup (60 mL) at a time, to thin the sauce and make it creamy. Add the remaining sauce as desired. Taste and season with more salt and pepper. Serve hot.