Roasted Tomato & Bell Pepper Pasta Sauce

No dairy, just roasted tomatoes, peppers, garlic, and cashews blended together to make a thick and velvety pasta sauce you will love!

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 35 min Rest Time 5 min Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 4
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

You Need

To serve


Make tomato red pepper sauce

  1. Roast vegetables
    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    • Cut bell pepper into strips.
    • Spread tomatoes and bell pepper pieces on baking sheet.
    • Smash garlic cloves lightly, leaving them in their skins.
    • Sprinkle with avocado oil and salt.
    • Roast in the oven until soft and beginning to blister. You don't want them to burn. About 30-45 minutes.
  2. Prepare cashews
    • Put cashews in a pot and cover with water by 2 inches. 
    • Salt water with 1 teaspoon of sea salt.
    • Cover and bring to a boil.
    • Boil for 1 minute.
    • Remove from heat and leave lid on. Let sit for a minimum of 1 hour. The longer the better. Ideally, 2 hours.
    • Drain.

Prepare pork (optional)

    • Heat avocado oil in a saute pan.
    • Add pork, and break it up into bits as it cooks.
    • Sprinkle with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
    • Set aside while you go to the next step.
    This addition is optional, but I feel the sweet spicy pork pairs fantastically with this pasta!

Assemble the sauce

    • In a high powered blender or food processor add the soaked cashes, and roasted vegetables.
    • Blend slightly, and then stop to add the liquid.
    • Begin with 1/2 cup of the chicken broth and blend. Work your way up adding more liquid to your liking.
    • More liquid will result in a thinner sauce. 
    • Add the optional plant milk and blend to combine.

Plate the roasted red pepper tomato pasta

    • Add pasta sauce to cooked pasta and fold to incorporate.
    • Plate with the ground pork.
    • Drizzle with honey.
    • Garnish with basil.
    • Enjoy!
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