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easy one-pot pasta with lemony greens and cashew cheese on a white platter

easy one-pot pasta with lemony greens and cashew cheese

  • Author: Jackie Newgent
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


It may seem like a lazy thing to do, but I created this 100% plant-based pasta recipe because I’ve been way beyond busy lately. I know I’m not alone in that! That’s why this easy one-pot pasta with lemony greens and cashew cheese is sooo, sooo simple to make … just toss everything in a pot and cook, then add some delicious toppings. That’s it!


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  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth or water
  • 6 ounces dry pasta shape of choice, like penne, rotini, or rigatoni (I used Sfoglini hemp rigatoni here!)
  • 8 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 20 grape tomatoes or 1/4 cup thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes



  • Juice and zest of 1 small lemon (2 tablespoons juice)
  • 4 ounces dollops of homemade Simple Cashew Cheese (see recipe below) or store-bought soft treenut cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup packed small fresh basil leaves


  1. In a covered extra-large saucepan over medium, cook all PASTA ingredients for 18 minutes, shaking pan (lid on) halfway through the cooking process. Remove from heat and let stand (lid on) for 2 minutes to complete the cooking.
  2. Remove lid, stir, adjust seasoning (if need), and transfer the PASTA to a platter.
  3. Add the TOPPINGS and serve.


Nutrition analysis includes all TOPPINGS. If you need to curb carbs, simply enjoy 1 rounded cup instead of 2, then enjoy your favorite protein-rich item along with this.

  • Prep Time: 9
  • Cook Time: 18
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 2 rounded cups
  • Calories: 580
  • Sugar: 4g includes 0g added sugars
  • Sodium: 850mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 93g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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