YESSS!!! I honestly thought that giving up cheese was going to be the hardest part in going plant based. For years, I always thought, well what about my cheese?! That was my main and BIGGEST excuse for avoiding what I know I needed to do. I have discovered the beauty in nut based “cheeses” and damn, life as I know it has changed, evolved, & I don't even miss the dairy. Cashews have so much healthy fat, protein, they're rich in iron AND magnesium. Cant forget, I add butternut squash for a sneaky veggie, nutritional yeast for vitamin B12 & turmeric for all the anti-inflammatory goodness. Superfoods turned into “cheese”? Im here for it!

A big challenge with making any pasta dish gluten free, is finding the right pasta. Something thats not overly processed, not full of simple carbs, tastes great and has some sort of nutritional value. I know this seems like a lot to ask, but I found it, and I'm incredibly stoked on it. Banza pasta is made from chickpeas- giving you 14 grams of protein per serving. Thhhank you!

This recipe takes about 30 minutes to make and will leave you wondering why you waited so long to make the switch! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

The Goods

  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and seeded

  • 1 tsp avocado oil

  • 1 cup soaked cashews (overnight or 15 min in hot water)

  • 1/2 cup filtered water

  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast

  • 1/2 lemons juice

  • 1 tsp miso paste

  • 1 tsp granulated garlic

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 1 box cooked GF pasta shells

The Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400.

  2. Cut up your peeled and seeded squash into small cubes.

  3. Toss onto a sheet pan with granulated garlic a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 20 minutes or until fork tender.

  4. Combine the cooked squash and all of the other ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender and blend until smooth. If your mixture is a little too thick, add a bit more water until you get the consistency you like.

  5. Over medium heat, add the sauce to a large sauce pan, heat up until it is heated thorough and add pasta.

  6. Cook mixture for about a minute stirring consistently, and serve immediately!

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