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Vegan Cheezy Asparagus Lemon Pasta Bake

This is a spring pasta dish made using asparagus, creamy cashew cream, vegan cheese, lemon and more. Make-ahead approve. Vegan and amazing!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Kathy Patalsky

Equipment

  • pasta pot
  • blender

Ingredients

  • 5 cups cooked pasta
  • 1 cup spinach chopped
  • 1 bunch asparagus chopped
  • ¼ - 1 cup vegan cheese shredded (a white, provolone or jack cheese preferred)
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms thinly sliced

Cashew Cream:

  • cup cashews raw
  • cup non-dairy plain milk
  • 1 lemon squeezed

Fold in:

  • 4 lemon slices thinly sliced and seeds removed
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Cook your pasta. While the pasta is cooking, using a strainer, submerge your raw cashews in the boiling water for about a minute. This will help soften them.
  • Transfer drained, cooked pasta (steamy and hot) to a large mixing bowl. Add in the vegan cheese shreds. Fold them in so they melt a bit. Set aside.
  • Bring another pot of water to boil and add the asparagus for just 1-3 minutes, until they darken in color. Drain and add to the pasta bowl.
  • For the shiitake mushrooms, you can either add then raw to the pasta bowl (they will cook in the oven) or for extra flavor, you can saute them in 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil for a few minutes, then add them to the pasta. Both options work, it just depends on if you want your shiitakes to have a caramelized flavor (for an oil saute) or a basic soft baked mushroom flavor.
  • Next, in a high speed blender, add all the cashew cream ingredients and blend until smooth and velvety.
  • Pour the cashew cream into the pasta bowl and toss everything well. tip: add a pinch of lemon zest too for extra lemon flavor!
  • Pour the pasta into a glass casserole dish. Add the lemon slices on top. Cover with foil. You can either place in the fridge to bake at a later time, or if serving right away, place in a 350 oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. This softens the pasta and allows the sauce to soak into the pasta and veggies.
  • Serve warm and steamy with those baked lemon slices as garnish. Fresh black pepper over top. Optional: add fresh basil as a spring garnish!

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 641mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1631IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 6mg