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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Linguine with Raw Nut Pesto and Tomato Sauce

Linguine with Raw Nut Pesto and Tomato Sauce
Serves 4; Vegan; 30-45 minutes

In this lightly spiced and aromatic pasta sauce, nuts are the meat of the matter.

Tomato Sauce:

1/4 cup olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 pound (about 2 cups) canned whole peeled tomatoes, with juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 teaspoons hot red pepper flakes
5 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cups mixed whole raw nuts, such as pine nuts, walnuts, and pistachios
(I used cashews instead of pistachios)
3 to 4 fresh mint leaves
freshly ground black pepper


1 pound linguine (I used garlic and parsley)
fresh mint leaves, for garnish
grated vegan Parmesan cheese

1. To make tomato sauce, use a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat to heat oil and saute onion and shallots until translucent. Add garlic and tomatoes with their juices, breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer uncovered until most of the juices have evaporated, 20 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare pesto. (I only timed the sauce for 20 minutes. I kept most of the juice for the pesto-sauce.)

2. For the pesto, use a food processor, combine garlic, hot pepper flakes, olive oil, nuts and mint. Pulse to make a smooth paste (a slightly coarse nut butter). Season with black pepper to taste and set aside.

3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add linguine and cook until al dente (firm to the bite). Set aside 1/2 cup pasta water (I skipped this ingredient), and drain pasta well. Return pasta to the warm pot and add pesto and tomato sauce. Toss well to coat, adding reserved water as needed to thin the sauce. Transfer to a warm serving bowl and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serve with vegan Parmesan cheese.

Found in: The best of Vegan Cooking by Priscilla Feral (Friends of Animals)

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