Tomato, Basil and Cashew Sauce


I’ve been feeling a little unmotivated lately; or perhaps lazy would be appropriate, but that’s such a four letter word…
Something must have happened to me in New York because I don’t think I’ve been myself since I got home.

I’m still struggling to finish unpacking from that little trip, and all I seem to be doing lately besides going to work, is staying in bed and reading – because, you know…“literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life”

Tomato, Basil and Cashew Sauce Tomato, Basil and Cashew Sauce
Tomato, Basil and Cashew Sauce Tomato, Basil and Cashew Sauce

Admittedly, the few times I forced myself to go out were actually nice, like the afternoon I went grocery shopping for this tomato, basil and cashew sauce – it was a bright sunny day.

This sauce is bright too; I love it for its simple fresh ingredients; it’s a little creamy from rich-tasting cashews and has a smooth tangy flavour from the tomatoes and basil.

I make a big batch, usually doubling the recipe and freeze some for later use; of course, it’s good tossed with pasta, but I use it in a few other dishes as well – on toast, sandwiches and flatbread, or tossed with roasted vegetables.

Tomato, Basil and Cashew Sauce Tomato, Basil and Cashew Sauce

It’s technically a ‘summer sauce’, but occasionally I’ll come across some good looking hothouse tomatoes and the perfect bunch of basil and cave, also because it’s one of those easy no-brainer sauces that one makes when one is feeling unmotivated.

Like I said, I made a big batch… just in case it takes me a while to get out of this funk I find myself – it makes dinner interesting without too much work.

A little note on when making this sauce; depending on how you prefer your sauces, feel free to add another 1/4 – 1/2 cup of wine or water to the sauce while it simmers, if you feel it’s too thick.

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Tomato, Basil and Cashew Sauce

Tomato, Basil and Cashew Sauce Tomato, Basil and Cashew Sauce

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  • Kitchen Butterfly

    Take it easy dear – sometimes ‘life happens’ on us, and we need to ‘rest’. At least NY was fun! This looks great, and ‘virtually’ tastes delicious – full of nutty goodness

    • Thank you, I’m slowly getting out from under it, the nice weather helps 🙂

  • Ha! I’m over it already, your comments always make me smile. I’m going to try it with some spinach fettuccine next time, the thought is mouth-watering. 🙂

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    I love that this is a new take on a pesto sauce, but more tomato based!

    • Yes, I guess it’s a tomatoey pesto 🙂 thanks for stopping by!

  • Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    I love that this is soooooooo simple and so like pesto. I cant wait for our tomatoes and basil to grow this summer.

    • Thanks Bintu! Maybe you can send some of your tomatoes and basil my way 🙂 I have the opposite of a green thumb

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