Creamy Mushroom Linguine


This has consistently been one of our family favourite dinners, it appears simple at first glance, but its flavours melt together to create a delightful meal in just 20 minutes. Cook it with a wholemeal pasta to make it higher in fibre and healthier.

Takes 10 minutes

Serves 3

Ingredients
 

Ingredients:

For the Pasta:

  • 250 g linguine pasta
  • 250 g mushrooms of choice oyster, shiitake, chestnut suggested
  • 1 large red onion about 200 g
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp tamari

For the Creamy Cashew Sauce:

  • 100 g cashew nuts
  • 500 ml plant milk of choice
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Optional Garnish:

  • 1 fresh chilli seeds removed and sliced finely
  • 3 sprigs of fresh oregano or thyme leaves removed from the stalk

Instructions
 

  • Instructions:
  • Prepare Cashews: Place the cashew nuts in a small pot and cover with boiling water. Simmer gently for 5-10 minutes, then drain and rinse.
  • Cook Pasta: Fill a large saucepan with boiling water and add 1 tbsp of salt. Add your pasta and cook according to package instructions.
  • Prepare Vegetables: Peel and finely slice the onion and garlic. Finely chop the mushrooms.
  • Cook Onion and Mushrooms: Heat a large wide bottom pan over high heat. Add 1 tbsp of oil (or a few sprays of oil), followed by the onions and ½ tsp of salt. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 4-5 minutes stirring until the onions brown slightly. Stir occasionally. Add the chopped mushrooms and garlic and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Stir in the tamari, cook for an additional minute, then turn off the heat.
  • Prepare Cashew Sauce: While the mushrooms are cooking, make the cashew sauce. Add the drained and rinsed cashew nuts and the rest of the sauce ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend at high speed until smooth. Add the creamy cashew sauce to the pan, then turn the heat to medium. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously, to allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Combine Pasta, Sauce & Mushrooms: Drain the cooked pasta, reserving some pasta water. Mix the pasta into the sauce, making sure the pasta is well coated. If the sauce is too thick, add reserved pasta water until you reach your desired creamy texture. If it is too watery, cook for a few minutes stirring constantly to avoid sticking. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper as needed. Add the mushrooms and mix through.
  • Garnish and Serve: Optionally, garnish with finely sliced fresh red chilli and/or fresh oregano or thyme. Serve hot and enjoy your creamy, comforting pasta!
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