Cashew Cream Tomato Penne Pasta

This is a super quick and easy weeknight dinner that is so healthy and satisfying. It’s creamy and rich thanks to the nutritious cashew sauce yet tart and sweet. Cherry tomatoes burst in the oven alongside roasted garlic and mingle with fresh basil and miso for a sumptuous sauce that smothers hot, penne pasta.

Produce On Parade - Cashew Cream Tomato Penne Pasta - This is a super quick and easy weeknight dinner that is so healthy and satisfying. It’s creamy and rich thanks to the nutritious cashew sauce yet tart and sweet. Cherry tomatoes burst in the oven alongside roasted garlic and mingle with fresh basil and miso for a sumptuous sauce that smothers hot, penne pasta.

Apparently I'm on a pasta kick?? #sorrynotsorry

This is life with a one year old... as a full-time working mom... who as of a couple of weeks ago was still pumping five times a day. Whew! Dinner must be quick and it must be easy. Quick enough that I'm not on my poor, tired feet for too long and easy enough to give that stay-at-home poppa a much needed break, while I can still keep my eye on said one year old. For some reason pasta seems to be just the ticket. Dinner has to be delicious and it better be filling: this family needs their energy.

Speaking of energy, Oliver's got a ton of it. We're loving getting outside every weekend for nordic skiing (praise be to the snow gods), where we pull the little one in the Chariot behind us. I'm thrilled that it's now light until about eight o'clock and we can get out after work for a family hike on the trails through the woods behind our house or go sledding down our ungodly long driveway (I knew it would show it's virtues eventually). 

How are you spending our weekends? Do you have tips for outdoorsing with littles? 

Produce On Parade - Cashew Cream Tomato Penne Pasta - This is a super quick and easy weeknight dinner that is so healthy and satisfying. It’s creamy and rich thanks to the nutritious cashew sauce yet tart and sweet. Cherry tomatoes burst in the oven alongside roasted garlic and mingle with fresh basil and miso for a sumptuous sauce that smothers hot, penne pasta.

Cashew Cream Tomato Penne Pasta

Recipe by Kathleen @ Produce On Parade

This is a super quick and easy weeknight dinner that is so healthy and satisfying. It’s creamy and rich thanks to the nutritious cashew sauce yet tart and sweet. Cherry tomatoes burst in the oven alongside roasted garlic and mingle with fresh basil and miso for a sumptuous sauce that smothers hot, penne pasta.

Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 10 oz container of fresh cherry tomatoes, yellow or red (I used yellow)
  • 3 whole garlic cloves
  • 1 lb penne pasta (we use whole wheat)
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp miso (we use red)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper, to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450° F and arrange the cherry tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet along with the garlic cloves, still in their skin. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the tomatoes burst and the garlic is roasted. Once cooled, remove the skin from the garlic.
  2. While the cherry roast, bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta and cook according to package. Reserve about 1 ½ cups of the water, then drain and return to the pot.
  3. Add the garlic and tomatoes to a blender along with the remaining ingredients except of course the pasta. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Stir well into drained pasta, adding additional water as needed to thin the sauce to your liking.
  4. Serve hot and topped with vegan parmesan and crushed red pepper flakes, if you like. If reheating leftovers stir a little water in for a creamier sauce.
Produce On Parade - Cashew Cream Tomato Penne Pasta - This is a super quick and easy weeknight dinner that is so healthy and satisfying. It’s creamy and rich thanks to the nutritious cashew sauce yet tart and sweet. Cherry tomatoes burst in the oven alongside roasted garlic and mingle with fresh basil and miso for a sumptuous sauce that smothers hot, penne pasta.

CSA Fennel, Zucchini, & Tomato Pasta

CSAs are wonderful, but if you’re not exactly sure what to do with fennel, armed with an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes, they can be overwhelming. This delicious pasta dish makes use of three CSA items (we had fresh mint in ours so that makes four!) in spectacular fashion. Sweet, roasted fennel and zucchini blend with umami miso and nutritional yeast and tart cherry tomatoes for a lovely summer pasta dish.

CSA Fennel, Zucchini, & Tomato Pasta - Produce On Parade - CSAs are wonderful, but if you’re not exactly sure what to do with fennel, armed with an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes, they can be overwhelming. This delicious pasta dish makes use of three CSA items (we had fresh mint in ours so that makes four!) in spectacular fashion. Sweet, roasted fennel and zucchini blend with umami miso and nutritional yeast and tart cherry tomatoes for a lovely summer pasta dish.

I'm cooking a lot these days but just don't have a much time for recipe development and photography. Most evenings I just throw together a meal and only after it's done and tasting how scrumptious it is wish I would have measured everything; then I could have shared it! Who wants to recipe develop when you can spend that time snuggling with an adorable seven month old?? I'm trying though. I actually have a few recipes on the way, photographs and everything! Hurray me!

Todd and I have been trying to get our lawn in order and generally spending as much time outside with Oliver as possible. Fall in Alaska is so fleeting and it's always a scramble to make the most of such an inspiring season. The air is crisp and refreshing, fluttering leaves dance in the breeze, as golden light filters through the birch trees; it's one of the most magical times up here but it never lasts.

Our CSA is in full swing and we are enjoying its bounty. With just the two of us consuming a large share, it can test my ingenuity on using up all those beauitful veggies! This recipe used up four of the CSA items, so it will definitely be placed on the rotation. I hope you love this meal as much as we both did. 

CSA Fennel, Zucchini, & Tomato Pasta - Produce On Parade - CSAs are wonderful, but if you’re not exactly sure what to do with fennel, armed with an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes, they can be overwhelming. This delicious pasta dish makes use of three CSA items (we had fresh mint in ours so that makes four!) in spectacular fashion. Sweet, roasted fennel and zucchini blend with umami miso and nutritional yeast and tart cherry tomatoes for a lovely summer pasta dish.

CSA Fennel, Zucchini, & Tomato Pasta

Recipe by Kathleen @ Produce On Parade

CSAs are wonderful, but if you’re not exactly sure what to do with fennel, armed with an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes, they can be overwhelming. This delicious pasta dish makes use of three CSA items (we had fresh mint in ours so that makes four!) in spectacular fashion. Sweet, roasted fennel and zucchini blend with umami miso and nutritional yeast and tart cherry tomatoes for a lovely summer pasta dish.

Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 large fennel bulb, trimmed sliced into ½ inch thick short wedges
  • 1 extra-large zucchini, quartered and chopped
  • dash of seasoning salt
  • 8 oz dry penne pasta
  • 3 tbsp vegan butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained but ½ cup of the liquid reserved
  • 1 ½ tbsp red miso
  • 1 ½ tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 heaping cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and arrange the fennel and zucchini in a single layer on two large baking trays coated with a nonstick cooking spray. Drizzle with olive oil if you like and sprinkle with seasoning salt. Roast for 20-30 minutes, until slightly browned and tender.
  2. While the veggies roast, bring a medium pot of water to boil for the pasta. Cook al dente according to the package. Drain and set aside until ready to use.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat and saute the garlic for about 5 minutes, until fragrant.
  4. Whisk in the chickpea liquid, miso, and nutritional yeast until the miso is clump-free. Stir in the roasted veggies, cooked pasta, chickpeas, and tomatoes; cook until the entire mixture is warm. Remove from heat and stir in the mint leaves; taste and salt as needed. Serve warm.
CSA Fennel, Zucchini, & Tomato Pasta - Produce On Parade - CSAs are wonderful, but if you’re not exactly sure what to do with fennel, armed with an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes, they can be overwhelming. This delicious pasta dish makes use of three CSA items (we had fresh mint in ours so that makes four!) in spectacular fashion. Sweet, roasted fennel and zucchini blend with umami miso and nutritional yeast and tart cherry tomatoes for a lovely summer pasta dish.

Italian Summer Tomato Pasta

This is a quick and easy pasta that’s a great way to utilize those garden-fresh tomatoes from the summer harvest! The noodles are tossed in a homemade Italian dressing with briny capers and fresh herbs. Dinner is on the table in the time it takes to boil water and cook the noodles!

Produce On Parade - Italian Summer Tomato Pasta - This is a quick and easy pasta that’s a great way to utilize those garden-fresh tomatoes from the summer harvest! The noodles are tossed in a homemade Italian dressing with briny capers and fresh herbs. Dinner is on the table in the time it takes to boil water and cook the noodles!

Hey there! Did you miss me?? I've had a wildly busy couple weeks which does not bode well for my person...this girl needs a perplexing amount of downtime. But it's all good, really good! I just turned in my cookbook's manuscript (preorder here!) into my publisher on Friday and it feels unbelievable. Seriously, there are no words. On another note, our house building is coming along fantastic. They are insulating today, the plumbing is currently being put in, and the shingles went up last weekend. Crazy stuff!

Todd and I were joking that I'm not going to know what to do with myself once the book is out of my hands (November) and the house is done (by Thanksgiving, fingers and toes crossed)! Oh the books I will read come November. A holiday of reading and relaxing, Darwin willing. 

A vibrant inner life is far more powerful than a busy outer one.
— David Romanelli

Even more good news...I have a new recipe for you! And of course, you'll be seeing more of me around these parts. Sorry for being a bit absent. Sometimes I feel like one of those Stretch Armstrong dolls. It's a most unusual feeling for someone whose life goal is to avoid the overwhelming burden of overstimulation. I simply can't wait to be bored again. To walk through the woods with Bob on our morning jaunt and not have eight things playing bumper-cars in my mind. To just day-dream, without the interruption of yet another item crashing through to heavily belly-flop on my "to-do" list. How rude. I know I need to go to the store for large Ziploc bags so I can put our natural gas application in one and nail it to the right side of the garage, but does it really have to interrupt my wishful thoughts on when I'd be able to watch the latest episode of Poldark. Oh, Poldark...I hope he has to cut the grass again...

Does it ever really stop though? One can hope at the very least. 

Now onto this pasta. My sweet sister-in-law stay with Todd and I for ten weeks while she's doing clinicals up here in Alaska to become a physical therapist. She buys tomatoes for her sandwiches and I seem to keep nicking them to make dinner. I hardly ever buy tomatoes because they always go bad before I use them! She's been up here for two weeks and I think I've "liberated" at least eleven of them. Shameful, I don't know what's wrong with me. Thank you, Anna, for generously donating your tomatoes to the cause, hehehe. I promise to pick up some at the farmer's market tomorrow!

Produce On Parade - Italian Summer Tomato Pasta - This is a quick and easy pasta that’s a great way to utilize those garden-fresh tomatoes from the summer harvest! The noodles are tossed in a homemade Italian dressing with briny capers and fresh herbs. Dinner is on the table in the time it takes to boil water and cook the noodles!

Italian Summer Tomato Pasta

Recipe by Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

This is a quick and easy pasta that’s a great way to utilize those garden-fresh tomatoes from the summer harvest! The noodles are tossed in a homemade Italian dressing with briny capers and fresh herbs. Dinner is on the table in the time it takes to boil water and cook the noodles!

Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 16 oz spaghetti, dry
  • 6 medium roma tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • ¼ cup large-flake nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh basil or 1 tbsp dried, chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • (about ½ cup) - Dressing -
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ½ tbsp vegan granulated sugar
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder

Cooking Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta. Cook according to the package for al dente noodles, about 10 minutes; drain and return to pot.
  2. While the water is coming to a boil, add all the pasta ingredients (except for the pasta) to a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together in a liquid measuring cup or small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Once the noodles are done, stir the pasta ingredients into the noodles and stir well. Add in the dressing and use tongs to toss the noodles and coat them evenly.
  5. Serve hot.
Produce On Parade - Italian Summer Tomato Pasta - This is a quick and easy pasta that’s a great way to utilize those garden-fresh tomatoes from the summer harvest! The noodles are tossed in a homemade Italian dressing with briny capers and fresh herbs. Dinner is on the table in the time it takes to boil water and cook the noodles!

Today's Info

Still eating pork? Even if you don't care about animals, I hope you care about humans. And if you don't care about humans, well, I hope you at least care about eating peoples fingers and their fecal matter. *shudder* Read all about it here. Horrifying stuff.