Creamy Vegan Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Written by Liz

I’m Liz, I share recipes and easy substitutes to make plant-based living simple!

December 13, 2020

Creamy, carby, comfort food, perfect for winter! Before I went vegan I liked the taste of creamy pastas but would feel a bit queasy partway through eating, something about the richness of dairy cream didn’t sit well. Thankfully this vegan version is just as creamy, but much lighter on the stomach (thank you cashews 🙏🏼)

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Creamy Vegan Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

Pasta & Vegan Chicken

  • 400 g vegan 'chicken'
  • 500 g fettucine pasta
  • 1 brown onion, small
  • 1/2 cup semi-sundried tomatoes
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 strips tofu bacon, diced (optional, see seperate recipe)

Cashew Cream

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt, plus extra to taste

To Serve

  • 1 bunch broccolini (sautéed)
  • lemon wedges
  • vegan parmesan

Instructions

  • Boil kettle. Cover cashews with boiling water and leave to soak.
  • Prep cream - measure out all other ingredients (soy milk, water, nutritional yeast, garlic, lemon and salt) into blender and set aside.
  • Prep veggies - dice onion, roughly chop sundried tomatoes, measure out spinach and set aside.
  • Cook chicken according to packet instructions. Set aside.
  • Cook pasta according to packet instructions.
  • While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in large frypan on medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add onion and cook until translucent. Add tofu bacon (if using), tomatoes and spinach, stirring until the spinach wilts. Turn off heat.
  • Drain the cashews, add to blender with the other cream ingredients. Blend on high until smooth.
  • Once cooked, drain pasta and add to the pan.
  •  Pour cashew cream into pan, season with salt and pepper and gently stir though.
  • Serve immediately*, placing chicken on top of pasta. Serve with sautéed broccolini, lemon and vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast.

Notes

This is best eaten immediately, the texture of the cream becomes a little grainy when reheated. Won’t hurt you but it’s not quite as smooth 😉
Tofu Bacon recipe can be found here.

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