This creamy vegan pasta recipe combines ripe tomatoes with rosé wine and fresh basil to create a comforting blush pasta sauce that’s completely dairy free. The rosé pasta sauce is velvety, comforting, and packed full of flavor.

Creamy rosé tomato basil pasta with sauce in a pan, sprinkled with fresh chopped basil

As a Registered Dietitian, I am here to tell you that pasta can absolutely be part of a healthy, balanced diet. Pasta is one of my favorite foods to make and eat, because there are endless homemade sauce and dressing recipes to use!

When I’m craving a creamy tomato pasta sauce, this rosé wine & tomato sauce is my go-to recipe. It’s made with simple ingredients including fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil. While most creamy pasta sauces call for heavy cream, this sauce is completely vegan and dairy-free thanks to homemade cashew cream! If you’ve never made cashew cream before, I can assure you right now how simple and quick it is to make.

This recipe is vegan, dairy free, and can be made gluten free by using gluten free pasta.

Ingredients in rosé wine & tomato pasta sauce

Here are all the ingredients you need to make this rose wine pasta sauce recipe:

  • Fresh ripe tomatoes: such as beefsteak or red tomatoes on the vine
  • White onion
  • Garlic
  • Fresh basil
  • Raw, unsalted cashews
  • Dry rosé wine
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Lemon
  • Nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Pasta – I like rigatoni

Ingredient notes & substitution suggestions

  • I do not recommend subbing cashews for any other nut, as it may significantly affect the flavor profile of this dish.
  • If you don’t have rosé wine on hand, you can use a dry white wine, such as sauvignon blanc, as a replacement.
  • Nutritional yeast is a vegan food product that has a cheesy, savory flavor. I’ve made the recipe with and without nutritional yeast, and it tastes great either way!

Kitchen tools needed

For this recipe, you’ll need a good quality blender, and a medium-large saute pan to cook the sauce in.

bowl of rose tomato basil sauce pasta with a glass of wine and other ingredients surrounding the bowl

How to make cashew cream sauce

Cashews are the dairy-free ingredient that makes this pasta so rich and creamy! Because they have such a mild flavor, they are an excellent healthy substitute for cream in recipes when blended with water.

  • First, soak cashews in hot water. The longer you soak the cashews, the creamier they will get when you blend. Raw cashews are best, as they are softer than roasted ones.
  • Add the cashews to a high powered blender with water.
  • Add a dash of salt nutritional yeast and and blend on high for 1-2 minutes until super creamy. Take breaks to scrape down the edges for even blending.
  • Feel free to experiment with other flavorings for different recipes: garlic or fresh herbs for a savory sauce, or maple syrup or dates and cinnamon for a sweet cashew cream!
Cashew cream sauce in a blender

What does adding wine do to pasta sauce?

Adding wine to pasta sauce enhances all the flavors of the sauce, so in this case, it accentuates the garlic, fresh tomatoes, and basil ingredients. Because of this, wine adds more body, complexity, and richness to the pasta sauce.

Red wines add the richest, boldest flavor to pasta sauces, where white and rosé wine add lighter, more delicate flavor profiles. Rosé is perfect for this decadent yet nutritious pasta sauce!

When should you add wine to pasta sauce?

When you cook with wine, it’s important to let some of the alcohol “burn off” to avoid an overly alcoholic flavor. I like to add the wine early on, after cooking my aromatics like garlic and onion. Add the wine to the aromatics and let cook until the liquid is reduced by about half.

Stirring in the cashew cream to the tomato basil sauce in a saute pan

Serving suggestions

Pair this creamy pasta dish with a simple vegetable side or salad. Some of my favorites include:

Storing leftover pasta

If you have leftover pasta, you can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in a microwave safe bowl covered with a paper towel or parchment paper in the microwave.

You can also prepare the sauce ahead of time and store it in a jar in the fridge for 5-7 days. Just give it a stir before reheating and using it. Store the sauce in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Bowl of rose wine and tomato pasta with a glass of rose wine in the background

Cashews nutrition benefits

Cashews are a very nutrient-dense and energy-dense food to include in your diet. One ounce of raw cashews (about 1/4 cup) provides:

Cashews are a good or excellent source of several vitamins and minerals:

  • 0.120 mg thiamin (10 percent of your daily needs)
  • 0.622 mg copper (69 percent of your daily needs)
  • 1.89 mg iron (10 percent of your daily needs)
  • 82.78 mg magnesium (21 percent of your daily needs)
  • 5.6 mcg selenium (10 percent of your daily needs)
  • 1.64 mg zinc (15 percent of your daily needs)

Tomatoes nutrition benefits

Tomatoes are a super nutritious food to eat. One cup of raw tomatoes provides:

  • 2.2 grams of dietary fiber
  • 0.144 mg Vitamin B6 (11 percent of your daily needs)
  • 14.2 mcg Vitamin K (12 percent of your daily needs)
  • 0.106 mg copper (12 percent of your daily needs)

Tomatoes contain a plant compound called lycopene. This compound gives tomatoes their red hue, and has powerful antioxidant properties. Cooking tomatoes can increase the bioavailability of lycopene, like in this tomato sauce!

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bowl of rose tomato basil sauce pasta with a glass of wine and other ingredients surrounding the bowl

Creamy Rosé Tomato Basil Sauce (Vegan)

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: main dish
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This creamy vegan pasta recipe combines ripe tomatoes with rosé wine and fresh basil to create a comforting blush pasta sauce that’s completely dairy free. The rosé pasta sauce is velvety, comforting, and packed full of flavor.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry rosé wine
  • 4 good large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 lb rigatoni, or similar pasta

Instructions

  1. Soak cashews in hot water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Make cashew cream. Add soaked cashews in water to a high powered blender. Add a dash of salt and nutritional yeast. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add a few tbsp of water if you need to help blend.
  3. Pour cashew cream into a bowl and set aside and rinse out blender.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, and a generous grind of salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally until onion is translucent, being careful not to burn the garlic.
  5. Add rosé to the pan and turn up the heat a bit. Cook until liquid has reduced by half, about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add tomatoes, basil, and red pepper flakes, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes until tomatoes are broken apart and super soft, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove sauce from heat and add to your blender (you can also use an immersion blender). Blend on high until sauce is creamy. 
  8. Pour sauce back into the saute pan and stir in the cashew cream.
  9. Add lemon juice and more salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water.
  11. Add cooked pasta and pasta water to the pan with sauce. Stir gently to coat the pasta in the sauce
  12. Portion into bowls, garnish with fresh basil and enjoy with a glass of rosé!

Notes

Storing leftover pasta

If you have leftover pasta, you can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in a microwave safe bowl covered with a paper towel or parchment paper in the microwave.

You can also prepare the sauce ahead of time and store it in a jar in the fridge for 5-7 days. Just give it a stir before reheating and using it. Store the sauce in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Keywords: tomato basil sauce, creamy tomato sauce, rose wine pasta sauce, blush pasta sauce

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