Quick Pasta with vegan Ricotta & Asparagus

Ricotta cheese is a cream cheese, which (in my memories) was always very creamy, but also lumpy. I didn't eat ricotta cheese very often, so it's quite difficult for me to remember the taste. But it doesn't matter, cause we're just looking for a creamy sauce for a delicious spring pasta.

So we decided to try a cashew base for the ricotta. Soaking cashews overnight is an easy way to get a very creamy texture with some chunks in it which always remind me of ricotta. We served the cashew ricotta with vegan parmesan and grilled asparagus, and it worked out super comfy and creamy.

Quick Pasta with vegan Ricotta & Asparagus

4 servings
30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 500 g (17.6 oz) Tagliatelle/Pasta (without eggs)
  • 1 lemon
  • 500 g (17.6 oz) green asparagus
  • 10 g (0.35 oz) parsley
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) cherry tomatoes
  • salt&pepper
  • vegan Parmesan cheese (recipe on the blog)

Vegan Cashew Ricotta

  • 250 g (8.8 oz) cashews (soaked in water, at least for 30min, best overnight)
  • 1 lemon (juice)
  • 50 ml (0.2 cups) water
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt&pepper

Instructions

Vegan Ricotta

  1. In a food processor mix cashews, juice of a lemon, garlic clove, nutritional yeast and start with 25 ml water.
  2. If it turns out to dry, add the rest of the water (even a little bit more). Cashew ricotta should neither be liquid or stone-hard, but of a creamy consistency with some cashew pieces.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and add more nutritional yeast, if it's not cheesy enough for your taste.

Pasta

  1. Bring salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Skim off 250 ml (1 cup) of the cooking water.
  2. Wash the green asparagus and break off the lower woody ends.
  3. Heat the oil in a (grill) pan and roast the asparagus for 4-5 minutes from all sides.
  4. Mix the cooked pasta with the ricotta in a large bowl and mix in the cooking water to get a creamy sauce. Serve with vegan parmesan cheese, fresh tomatoes, fresh parsley, and grilled asparagus.
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