Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}

Soaked cashews blended with miso, garlic, and lemon make a dreamy vegan Alfredo sauce for gluten-free pasta and spring vegetables. Parmesan is optional. Adapted from The Love & Lemons Cookbook

Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}

Yesterday I went to our co-op to get the ingredients for this dish. I also grabbed some make-up – a bit of eyeshadow and face powder. I don’t wear the stuff much, but I’m performing with my salsa class this weekend and have to get done up in false eyelashes, a gold sequined halter top, and skintight red pants – totally my style. Anyway, Jay put the groceries away while I answered emails. He set the eyeshadow on my desk and I asked where the powder was. “There was no other make-up,” he said. The powder was on my receipt, so I checked the grocery bags, my purse, the car. Nothing. I called the co-op to see whether I had left it behind. They didn’t find it, but offered to continue looking. I figured I must have forgotten to put it in my bag and the next customer had accidentally picked it up. I was bummed – it had cost $22 and wasn’t even something I wanted. So I did what I do when I’m frustrated: I opened the refrigerator to get a snack.

Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}

What did I see when I opened the door? My powder sitting atop a container of hummus. “I thought it was cheese,” Jay said when I showed it to him. To be fair, it was packaged in a round cardboard container similar to the ones small goat crottins or brie tend to come it. I called the co-op back to tell them, and we all had a good laugh.

Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}

All this talk of cheese brings me straight to this pasta, which comes from the brand-spanking-new cookbook by the creators of Love & Lemons. I’ve been a fan of Jeanine and Jack’s creations since the early days of their blog, and Jay and I have been living off of their Seared Tofu Bahn Mi and Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili for the better part of this year. Receiving a review copy of their book in the mail was even more exciting than finding expensive, new make-up in the refrigerator after you’d given it up for lost.

Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}

The Love & Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-To-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking is arranged by fruit or vegetable, making this the perfect companion to farmers market trips and CSA boxes. Every recipe has a beautiful photo replete with Jeanine and Jack’s gorgeous style – clean, bright, and relaxed – and some recipes have process photos to boot. Recipes range from simple (Quick Pickled Onions) to more complex (Zucchini Lasagna with Zucchini “Ricotta”), with all emphasizing quick, fresh dishes. As effortless as most recipes are, each has a little twist that makes it unique. There is clearly so much love poured into this book; it’s one that I will keep in my kitchen for years.

Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}

I’m deep in a pasta phase lately, so when I saw the page of Creamy Miso Brussels Sprout Fettuccine, I went straight to the kitchen to soak some cashews. The first of the pod peas and fava beans are here, so I traded them in for the brussels sprouts, giving them a quick blanch in the pasta water, and added some chives and lemon zest. Fava beans are high maintenance – you have to not only shell the little buggers, but then you have to blanch and slip them from their skins as well. But they add addictive depth to this dish and are entirely worth the trouble.

Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}

I blended the cashews with miso, garlic, mustard, lemon juice, and water, then I tossed all that creamy vegan goodness with gluten-free pasta (I heart Bionaturae) and vegetables.

Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}

Then we did the unspeakable:

Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}

We covered it in cheeeeese!

Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}

With or without the parmesan, this dish is all kinds of delicious. The cashew base is as silky-rich as actual cream sauce, and the miso and mustard give it a punch of salty sweetness and umami. Lemon, chives, peas, and favas add spring flavor and bright color – just the thing to enjoy with a glass of rosé – in this case, a shockingly pink number from Frog’s Leap in Napa called La Grenoiulle Rouganté, recommended by my girl Emma who knows a thing or two about wine.

Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}

I’ve made this four times in the past two weeks and still we can’t seem to get enough. Once when I didn’t have the time for shelling, I used a bunch of slivered asparagus in place of the peas and favas and it worked beautifully. The base is versatile, to feel free to give it a go with blistered cherry tomatoes and basil in the summer, or try the original brussels sprout version, as captured so beautifully by Laura on The First Mess. Long noodles such as spaghetti, linguine, or fettuccine are fun to eat, but penne or elbows would work, too. And I’m angling to try the sauce with gnocchi, as well.

Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}

I’ve bookmarked nearly every recipe in The Love & Lemons Cookbook, but here are a few I’m especially looking forward to making:

  • Minty French 75
  • Curried Cauliflower Fried Rice
  • Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles
  • Eggplant and Mushroom “Meatballs”
  • Crispy Shiitake BLT
  • Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos
  • Cardamom Apple Crisp
  • Tomato Chickpea Tortilla Soup

Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}

Many thanks to Jeanine, Jack, and the folks at Avery for gifting me a copy of their beautiful book! And thank YOU for reading! If you make this, I want to see – tag @The_Bojon_Gourmet and #BojonGourmet on Instagram.

Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}
Yields: 4 servings
 
This tastes just like classic fettuccine alfredo, but without the dairy (or with just a touch if you top it with parmesan like we do). Feel free to switch up the vegetables if peas or favas aren't around and use a bunch of slivered asparagus in their place. I like Bionaturae Gluten-Free Linguine here, but any pasta will be lovely. Adapted from The Love and Lemons Cookbook.
Ingredients
  • Sauce:
  • ½ cup (75 g) cashews, soaked in cool water 4-12 hours and drained
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) white miso paste
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • ¼ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ cup (120 ml) fresh water
  • Pasta:
  • 1 pound (455 g) fava beans
  • 1 pound (455 g) fresh shelling peas
  • 12 ounces (340 g) dry pasta such as linguine or spaghetti
  • 1 small bunch chives, snipped
  • freshly grated parmesan or pecorino (optional)
  • black pepper
Instructions
  1. To make the sauce, place the drained cashews in the bowl of a blender and add the lemon zest and juice, miso, garlic, mustard, oil, salt, and half of the water. Blend on low to combine, increasing the speed to high and gradually adding the remaining water. Blend until silky-smooth, about 3 minutes total, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables. Shell the fava beans and peas, keeping them separate. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Drop in the favas and cook until the skins are loose, about 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon or strainer to fish out the favas and place them in a bowl filled with ice and cool water to stop the cooking. Slip the favas from their outer skin, discarding the skins and reserving the beans. If the beans aren't cooked through, you can blanch them a second time or saute them in a bit of olive oil; mine don't usually need this. Drop the peas into the boiling water and cook until bright green and crisp tender, 1-2 minutes. Fish out the peas and place them in the cool water bath to stop the cooking.
  3. Add the pasta to the pot and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta well, return it to the now empty pot, and add the reserved sauce, cooked peas and favas, and chives, tossing gently to coat and adding a splash of the reserved pasta water if needed. Divide the pasta among plates or shallow bowls, and top with pepper and cheese, if you like.
  4. The pasta is best freshly made, but the sauce can be prepared a day ahead, and the peas and favas can be shelled and blanched a day ahead, too.

 

 

17 thoughts on “Creamy Cashew-Miso Pasta with Peas and Fava Beans {gluten-free, vegan option}”

  1. I love that your partner thought the powder was cheese! Glad that this story had a happy ending, and your version of Jeanine’s recipe with spring-y favas is so beautiful. I’m so keen to try the sauce with gnocchi now, too.

  2. Perchance you’ll be sharing a photo or two of your lovely lashes?! I can’t even imagine going there… but for a salsa performance, I would get on that train! Sounds like I need to pick up a copy of Jeanine’s book. I love books organized by season, especially when I don’t know what to do with things like Jerusalem artichoke or sunchoke. No doubt favas are a pain… but oh so sublime. This pasta recipe is dreamy and the Alfredo, genius! Beautiful work, Alanna!

  3. Loved the story and can’t wait to see pictures of you in your false eyelashes, gold sequined halter top, and skintight red pants AND your “cheesy” makeup ;). This recipe sounds wonderful and the photo’s are amazing as always!!

  4. Love this post, looks delish and it’s bloody hilarious. Only I would have totally put the powder in the fridge absentmindedly, I’m always leaving stuff in the strangest places!

  5. Ha, I can totally relate, I’ve found way too many “lost” things in the refrigerator… thank you for your kind words about the book, your pasta looks SO good! xoxo

  6. Haha – oh Jay. #catdadbrain? (I found our leftover vanilla ice cream in the fridge this morning…). The tiny taste I had of this was so delicious that I will most definitely be trying it myself! And these photos – you slay me.

  7. so in love with Jeanine’s cookbook too! and dying over the makeup story. isn’t it funny how something like that can happen? totally because our brains are moving a hundred miles a minute. makes for good laughs. also, did not know that you were a salsa dancer – so cool!

    and the spring pasta, oh the comfort of pasta. with cheeeese! :) you make it look prettier than i’ve ever seen. xo

  8. Oh this reminds me of finding my keys in the fridge.. We have all done that, no? :) Good luck with your performance and putting on those lashes. I have never been able to learn how to put those things on properly.
    And this spaghetti… I am having a love affair with brown rice pasta at the moment and I know that this cashew sauce would go so well with it. :))
    PS: YESSSS! for all the cheese. <3

  9. “…false eyelashes, a gold sequined halter top, and skintight red pants.”

    Pictures, or it didn’t happen. ;-)

    This pasta looks delightful! I’m a big fan of using cashews to make creamy sauces/dressings, so I really must try this.

  10. This sounds amazing. And thanks for mentioning other options to add aside from peas! What about spinach, or kale? Any other winning alternatives?

    1. I haven’t tried them but I’m sure either would be delicious if you cook them properly before adding them to the pasta. :)

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