Creamy Cashew Tomato Pasta


  • 1 small white onion – finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves – minced
  • 1 tin of good quality chopped tomatoes or passata
  • a generous handful of fresh basil leaves – roughly chopped + extra to sprinkle on top
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil for frying
  • a generous pinch of salt and pepper for seasoning
  • about 250gr of cherry tomatoes
  • a generous drizzle of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Slice the tomatoes in halves

  2. Place them on baking tray with the flesh facing upwards

  3. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper

  4. Place the tray in the oven and slow roast the tomatoes at 150 degrees celsius for 35-40 minutes

  5. Make sure not to roast the tomatoes at higher temperature otherwise they will end up looking like a tomato sauce, you want to cook them slowly at a low temperatures they will keep their shape, almost like sundried tomatoes

  6. In the meantime make the tomato sauce

  7. Add the oil to a large pan

  8. Once hot add in the chopped onion

  9. Let the onion sauté for about 5 minutes until it starts to caramelise and going slightly brown

  10. Add in the crushed garlic and keep cooking for another minute

  11. Add in the chopped tomatoes and mix everything together

  12. Turn the heat down to a simmer, cover with a lid and let the sauce cook for 20-25 minutes

  13. I like my tomato sauce really smooth so i normally blend it all up using a hand blender (regular blender will work too)

  14. You can also have it as it is without blending,

  15. Add in the chopped basil and cook for another minute

  16. Drain the pasta and add it to the pan with the tomato sauce

  17. Sprinkle with the fresh basil leaves and top it with the slow roasted cherry tomatoes

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