vegan pasta with creamy red sauce

Creamy Red Vegan Pasta Sauce

This creamy red sauce pasta is a great pantry dish. Honestly, we love cooking from scratch, but sometimes the comfort of a semi-prepared meal is always nice. For this recipe, we used store bought pasta and red sauce. You can use any of your favorite brands or types of pasta and sauce.

Personally, we decided to use organic traditional penne. We also used a classic jar of organic tomato and basil sauce. We love this creamy red sauce because it’s as comforting as it is filling. It’s also bursting with flavor given the added oregano and basil. It’s easily one of our favorite dishes on the weekly rotation.

You’ll Love This Recipe

You probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry. Plus this only takes about 15 minutes to whip up. The secret to this recipe is the cashew herb crema. The crema mixed with red sauce and pasta makes this dish incredible.

This dish is:

  • Creamy
  • Smooth
  • Rich
  • Velvety
  • Filling
  • Flavorful
  • Comforting


For this recipe feel free to use any type of spices you normally like. Let us know in the comments below any variations you have tried! We would love to hear what you came up with! For this recipe you’ll also need to soak cashews.

This sauce is also great on any type of pasta. Not just penne. What is your favorite type of pasta? Lettuce know in the comment section? Lately we have really been digging gemelli style pasta. Essentially twisted pasta.

How to Store the Cooked Pasta

In short, this pasta is best when it is eaten immediately. This recipe makes about 6 servings of pasta. Seeing as we are only two people we had leftovers, which is great for us! We love to make extra of anything to save time cooking in the future, and because we love eating!

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Creamy Red Vegan Pasta Sauce

Recipe by Cooking Up Vegan Course: Main EntreesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Creamy cashew sauce blended with herbs and red sauce pasta


  • 3 Cups 3 Tomato Pasta Sauce

  • 500 Grams 500 Pasta (we used penne)

  • 2 Cups 2 Cashews

  • 3/4 Cups 3/4 Water

  • 1 tt 1 Salt

  • 1/4 Cup 1/4 Nutritional yeast

  • 1 Tbsp 1 Garlic Powder

  • 1/4 Tbsp 1/4 Basil, dried

  • 1/4 Tbsp 1/4 Oregano, dried


  • Take the cashews and pour them into a pot. Add just enough water to have the cashews submerged.
  • Turn the burner on high, and allow the cashews to boil until they are soft. This should take no more than 10 minutes.
  • While the cashews are beginning to boil, start to cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
  • Once the cashews are soft, strain the water and place them into a high speed blender.
  • Add the water, nutritional yeast, salt, garlic powder, basil and oregano into the blender.
  • Blend on high until smooth and set aside. Add additional water or salt to your liking.
  • Once the pasta has finished cooking, strain the water and place the pasta back into the cooking pot.
  • Add the can of tomato sauce and the cashew herbed cream.
  • Mix the tomato sauce and the cashew herbed cream together in the pasta.

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Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories454
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 24.5g 37%
    • Saturated Fat 4.2g 20%
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 46mg 2%
  • Total Carbohydrate 50g 17%
    • Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
    • Sugars 10g
  • Protein 13g 26%

  • Vitamin A 18%
  • Vitamin C 5%
  • Calcium 6%
  • Iron 27%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  1. Nice to have all of these ingredients in my pantry. Looking forward to trying this recipe soon!

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