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ZUCCHINI RICOTTA PASTA + MINT (VEGAN)

Zucchini-Mint-Cashew-Ricotta-Pasta

A fresh combination paired with lemon, pasta, cashew ricotta cheese, garlic and a dusting of almond parmesan to top it off. A simple, wholesome and flavorful meal that can be enjoyed warm or chilled.

Ingredients

Cashew Ricotta

Instructions

Vegan Ricotta: Start by preparing your cashew ricotta. Soak your cashews in cool water for 3+ hours (or in hot water for 5 min) in a jar with at least 1 cup water. Once ready, drain and rinse your cashews. Place the cashews and remaining ingredients into your food processor/blender and process until smooth, about 4 minutes or so, scraping down the sides as needed to make sure everything comes together nicely. Add an extra tablespoon of water if needed, you may need to if you didn’t soak the cashews longer than 3 hours. Set aside. This can be made in advance, a day or two, and kept in the fridge until ready to use. When ready, let set at room temp for an hour or so.

Pasta: In a large pot, cook your pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse and place back in the pot you cooked your pasta in. Using the strainer you strained the pasta in (if the holes aren’t too big to catch the lemon seeds), place strainer over pasta and add the juice of one lemon along with a small glug of olive oil. Mix well, let set until ready to add the zucchini and ricotta.

Zucchini: In large wok/skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat and cook your zucchini and garlic to your liking. I like mine al dente and only cook for about four minutes at most, depending on how thick the slices are.

Combine: Add your cashew ricotta to the pasta and mix well. Add in the zucchini, garlic and mint, gently toss to coat. Taste for flavor and serve.

Serve with lemon wedges and a good dusting of almond parmesan – it’s simply delicious!

Serves 4 – 6