Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Almond Butter Pasta

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Almond Butter Pasta- SUPER creamy and incredibly low in only healthy fats!! @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

I know what you’re all probably thinking- “Finally! She’s actually sharing a dinner recipe.

Most of what I share on my blog are healthy, vegan smoothie and dessert recipes. Not exactly the most helpful things when you are trying to transition your family into eating better…

I’m just not as innovative with my savory recipes as I am with my desserts and smoothies. But once and a while I do hit a home run with one of my own creations for dinner. And on those occasions, I always make sure to share with you. This is one of those occasions!

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Almond Butter Pasta- SUPER creamy and incredibly low in only healthy fats!! @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

Creamy pastas and I are like cookies and milk, peanut butter and jelly, popcorn and butter. We just have a natural affinity for one another.

So to satisfy my creamy pasta addiction, I came up with this 100% guilt-free, low-to-almost-no-fat, super good for you CREAMY pasta sauce.

And yes. It is as good as it looks.

The idea came from me when I came across a sun-dried tomato-almond pesto in Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s “Vegan With a Vengeance“. I thought “Wow, this would make a great pasta sauce!” And sure enough, with a few ingredient changes, it made an incredible pasta sauce.

Even Scarlett thoroughly enjoyed this. Usually it is really hard to get her to eat pasta with anything on it but oil. But after much coaxing I was able to get her to try it. Once she had that first bite, the whole plate was empty in less than five minutes! Wohooooo! There is nothing like a successful healthy meal for your kids :D

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Almond Butter Pasta- SUPER creamy and incredibly low in only healthy fats!! @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

If you don’t have almond butter you can use some soaked almonds. I’d say at least 1/2 cup (maybe even 2/3 cup) It will work best if you use a high-speed blender to pureé. That will ensure the creamiest sauce.

I used oil soaked sun-dried tomatoes. Definitely not my preference, but I couldn’t find any dried.

Raw garlic has a few enemies, including my daughter I’m afraid. So I like to sauté my garlic in the 1 tablespoon olive oil before adding it to the blender. It creates a more mellow, ‘cooked‘ flavor to the sauce. Although it does add an extra step and a few more dishes… who really wants that? I guess I do if I want my daughter to eat it :/

Oh. And I like to use Trader joe’s Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Pasta. My fav.

Basically, you need to try this. You will be oh-so-pleasantly shocked at how something simple and good for you can be SO yummy!

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Almond Butter Pasta- SUPER creamy and incredibly low in only healthy fats!! @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

P.S. (This actually makes quite a bit of sauce. I split mine in half and put the rest in a tupperware in the freezer for another night, hehe)

5.0 from 2 reviews
Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Almond Butter Pasta
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup packed sun-dried tomatoes*
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter or ½ cup almonds
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, optional**
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, optional
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 lb dried pasta, cooked to serve
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except for basil and pasta in the jar of a high-speed blender. Purée until completely smooth. Add the basil and turn the blender on low just to distribute.
  2. Toss as much sauce as desired with cooked pasta and a little of the starchy cooking water, if needed. Serve!
Notes
*If using sun-dried tomatoes that are NOT packed in oil, then you will want to soak them in boiling water for at least 15 minutes. Do not boil them- soak them in the boiled water. Or you can heat the vegetable broth and soak them in that, and then use the vegetable broth in the sauce for the added flavor from the sun-dried tomato soaking liquid.
**You don't need the extra tablespoon of oil if you used sun-dried tomatoes that are jarred in oil. You can omit it completely if you'd like, but the sauce will be less rich.

 

 

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  • Pamela August 27, 2014, 2:36 pm

    Delicious and very filling! Thank you!

  • lmachell August 27, 2014, 10:48 pm

    I’m so happy that you enjoyed it Pamela :)

  • Honeybee September 9, 2014, 2:02 pm

    It’s interesting to read your new blog, I used to have a look (and boomarked some recipes) on your previous site. I’m interested in healthy eating, too – for me and my family. I’m more in the “everything with moderation” camp, though, and no foods are off limits. I also think you should never feel guilty about food (and I sure try to relate that to the kids!) – so when it comes to less healthy choices such cake or a creamy pasta sauce, I believe it’s totally fine to have them once in while. For me, those a treats and I savour them fully. What do you think?

  • lmachell September 12, 2014, 5:46 pm

    I agree that causing guilt for rare occasions of indulgence in wrong. Like when I am at home I try to be as healthy as possible, but when we travel it’s a little hard and more of a special occasion so we indulge. It’s all about how you eat MOST of the time not ALL the time.

  • Anika September 9, 2014, 11:26 pm

    I was skeptical but this was soo freakin delicious, I can’t believe how healthy it is

  • lmachell September 12, 2014, 5:44 pm

    Glad to hear that you liked it Anika! I had a hard time believing how good for you it was too.

  • Vera September 10, 2014, 2:56 am

    Loved this recipe! Are there any moré creamy recipes without dairy products?

  • Linda October 8, 2014, 1:41 am

    Sounds like a fabulous recipe! Can’t wait to try it. Almonds don’t agree with me. What do you think about peanut butter instead. Would that be weird with the sundried tomatoes?

  • lmachell October 10, 2014, 8:44 pm

    Haha yeaaaa, it might be. I would try maybe cashew butter, it’s very neutral.

  • Rawan April 23, 2015, 5:55 pm

    This is officially one of my favorite recipes! I’ve made it so many times because of how easy it is, how little time it takes, and how filling and delicious it is. For my husband’s birthday, I asked him, “what is your favorite meal I make that you would like for your birthday dinner?” and he replied, “the creamy sun-dried tomato pasta!” So I hope that highlights how much we love this dish!

  • lmachell April 28, 2015, 6:58 am

    Wow, that is great! I am incredibly happy to hear that. It’s a personal favorite of mine too! All the luxurious creaminess without any of the bad stuff!